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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.


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


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!)


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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