Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum

The final stop for my North Texas car museum road trip was the Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum. I managed to get to the Museum at just after 4PM, giving me just under an hour to check it out. You wouldn’t want any less time – there are about 30 cars as well as an interesting art collection. The art collection has objects that date back to 800BC.

The museum is open once a week on Saturdays and the owner is on hand to talk about his collection. I found him to be very friendly and he told me about […]

Weatherford Vintage Car Museum

Second stop on my North Texas car museum road trip was the Weatherford Vintage car museum, event center and grill. The museum is right down from the rather impressive town hall in Weatherford. It is housed in a rather impressive looking restored building. As well as the museum, there is an event center, and a diner style restaurant.

There are about 15 cars in the main museum, and other 10 in the restaurant. There didn’t seem to be a particular them with the main museum collection, although they did have quite a few pre-war Fords. Also in the collection was […]

Horton classic car museum

The first stop on my North Texas car museum road trip was the Horton classic car museum in Norcona. Nocona is about 90 minutes Northwest of Dallas. The museum is located in a restored Oldsmobile dealership. It’s not far from the rather nice looking main street of Norcona. The museum also had a lot of period memorabilia on the walls which give it a nice atmosphere.

The highlight of the Horton classic car museum is the Corvette collection. The museum has an example (and sometimes multiple) of practically every model year from 1953 to 1973. They also have a couple […]

North Texas car museum road trip

I have been in the Dallas, Texas area over the last few days for work. A free Saturday with the use of a rental car meant looking for an interesting way to fill it. I came across the a web page for The Ultimate North Texas Car Museum Road trip Guide. This piqued my interest – being the middle of Summer in the North Texas area, an indoor activity would be preferable. It also allowed me to see more of Texas outside of the big cities where I spend most of my time.

The guide lists four museums, and challenges […]

The Australian Motorlife Museum

The Australian Motorlife Museum is located in Dapto, about 90 minutes south of Sydney. Visiting this museum has been on my to-do list for some time. Last Sunday I participated in a drive day with the Topklasse forum, which had the Motorlife Museum as its destination.

The meeting point for the drive was an oval near the start of the Royal National Park. While the fastest way to get to the Motorlife Musem is down the M1 freeway, the best way is via the Grand Pacific Drive. This takes you through the Royal National park and across the sea cliff […]

The Gosford Car Museum Revisted

I first visited the Gosford Car Museum a bit over two years ago. Back in 2016, the Museum had recently opened. Since it operates as a hybrid dealership/museum, the collection slowly turns over. This means a return visit two years later provides a lot of new cars to see.

I would estimate that at least 50% of the collection has turned over since that visit. It is still a very impressive museum, although the collection is now 10-15% smaller. In addition, there are probably fewer jaw dropping cars than before. For example last time in the Mercedes Benz section there […]

British Motor Museum Reserve Collection

The British Motor Museum has more cars than they can display in their main collection. Unlike most museums, they open up their reserve collection to browse. The cars are obviously packed in close together to fit them all, so harder to see all the details and photograph. I still think its great that the museum opens this part of the collection to the public.

The museum offers volunteer tours of the reserve collection twice per day. Despite many people at the museum during my visit, I was the only one to avail myself of the tour. I ended up with […]

British Motor Museum Main Collection

The British Motor Museum contains the world’s largest collection of historic British vehicles. It was a really impressive museum and worth a visit if you’re ever in the UK. It is a nice combination of early vehicles, examples of popular British cars, concept cars and competition cars.

The museum is located in Warwick, near Birmingham, about an hour or so north of London on the M40.

One of the first cars you see is an 1897 Daimler, the oldest UK built example. It was used extensively in its heyday and is still in working condition. You can see its flame […]

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

The National Motor Museum arose out of the collection of the previous Lord Montagu (3rd Baron Beaulieu). It is housed at the Montagu family estate at Beaulieu in the New Forest. Lord Montagu’s father was a keen early motoring enthusiast and his personal vehicles started out the collection.

Starting with the five original cars in the 1950’s the museum has expanded out to hundreds of cars, representing all parts of British Motoring history. Today the museum is run by a separate trust. The museum is probably best known for its racing cars and expensive collection of Edwardian vehicles.

As well […]

1914 Rolls Royce 40/50 Continental ‘Alpine Eagle’

The Alpine Eagle is a variant of the infamous 40/50 ‘Silver Ghost’. It was actually referred to by Rolls Royce as the Continental model. However, the Continental was a replica of the cars entered in the 1913 Austrian Alpine Trial.

During the 1912 Trial, the three speed gearbox had proven insufficient. Therefore, four cars were prepared for the 1913 season with four speed gearboxes. Power was increased to 75hp (from 60) through increased compression and and improved carburettor. The four cars were known as Alpine Eagles.

The success of the Alpine Eagle allowed Rolls Royce to market the model to […]