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Visit to Haynes Motor Museum

Today we visited Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford.  It is a 30 minute drive from here and just off the A303 so not too far.  It is a modern impressive building housing the largest collection of cars in the UK. The new section of the building was opened 2 years ago.

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I really like the old cars. The one below is a Model T Ford, finished in black as they all were!

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This blue one was my favourite.  I quite fancy owning something like this and taking it around to shows, if only we could afford it of course. (Neil driving me!)

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Mind you this one was also really smart. It is a 1935 Mercedes.

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There was section of just red cars, including some Ferraris, AC’s, MG’s, Gilbern, Marcos, a Sunbeam Tiger, Lancia, Austin Healey and many more.

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The cars below were predominantly American.  The white one on the RH side is a Cord which was a streamlined innovative pre-war car.  The car with wood on it is a Ford Station Wagon and famously referred to a “Woody” in Beach Boys surfing songs. The car on the LH side with the door open is a Stanley Steamer, basically a steam engine with a flash boiler installed under the bonnet and powered by water and kerosene that sometimes caught fire!  This vehicle was purportedly owned by Dame Nelly Melba who was a famous Australian opera singer.

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There was a motorcycle section and the side car outfit in the centre is a Brough Superior, an iconic British motorcycle of the type owned by Laurence of Arabia.

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The car below is a Lamborghini Countach from the 80’s.  This was a “pin up” supercar and whilst Neil would love to own one, it would be difficult to fit in the shopping and me, all in one go.

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This splendid attraction is within striking distance of where we live, so why not combine a visit with a stay at our B&B?

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