‘No doubt’ Clunes will benefit from influx of Mad Max fans

Mad Max 40th anniversary organisers are working to ensure Clunes will still get a taste of Mad Max enthusiasm, despite moving the popular event out of the town. 

BRINGING MAX HOME: Mad Max replica cars will be on show at Clunes the day after the main anniversary event, with the opportunity to meet and chat with original actors and stuntmen. Picture: Mark Burke

BRINGING MAX HOME: Mad Max replica cars will be on show at Clunes the day after the main anniversary event, with the opportunity to meet and chat with original actors and stuntmen. Picture: Mark Burke

Organiser Mark Burke announced Clunes will host a display of Mad Max vehicles and a meet and greet with original actors, in an effort to draw fans to the iconic town. 

The main anniversary event on February 2 2019 has been relocated from the Clunes Showgrounds to the Carisbrook harness racing track after a ‘conflict of interest’ with the Clunes and District Agricultural Society and Hepburn Shire Council.

Peter Axford has organised a meet up in Clunes for Mad Max fans on February 3 2019, featuring two replica cars and opportunities meet and greet 15 Mad Max original actors and stuntmen.

He will show off his replica of the famous Mad Max black interceptor. 

“We want to pay homage to Clunes as the original set. The main street was used in the movie. We want to bring it home… and 40 years later have the same people in the town,” he said. 

“We would love people that didn’t go to the main event to come along and celebrate Mad Max 40 years later.”

More than 1000 Mad Max fans will travel from all around Australia and the world to Carisbrook for the main anniversary event. 

But Mr Burke said he was confident Clunes too would benefit from the influx of visitors.

“There’s no doubt Clunes will get an influx of tourists on Sunday and possibly even the Friday. The town is iconic for Mad Max,” he said. 

Accommodation in Clunes was already close to booked out for the February weekend before the reolcation was announced. 

Guests have been urged not to cancel bookings as a bus service to the event at Carisbrook will be arranged.