August 17, 2009

Haynes motor museum

When I had my b'day (magical age of 35... 50% of my expected lifespan gone!), my dad was visiting me in P'head. We decided to go to the Haynes Motor museum. I'd never been there, and he certainly hasn't seen it either. It's near the Air Fleet Arms Museum in Yeovilton (also a very impressive museum). I decided to play with my phone, running google maps as satnav whilst going there. Due to sunshine, the glare pretty much obscured my view of the display, so on the way up there, I had to pull over to double check the route. as it turned out we were still on route, so we continued. It took us about an hour to get there going via Street. On teh way back I had it calculate a route again, but this time it chose another route for some reason. It took us over one way dirt roads in the middle of nowhere!!! It took us quite a bit longer to get to the motorway, where there was another performance of the most popular activity "old-english queueing on the motorway". And like with every damn queue in thsi country, it was caused by nothing. That' sright, nothing at all. well, basically that means incompetency of drivers, who like hitting their brakes really hard, especially when it starts raining (seems like in the UK people get really scared to drive these days when they drive their ginormous 4x4 and a drizzle starts).
Anyway, the museum was quite interesting, though really quite limited when it comes to providing some explanations. It started off interesting with some of replicas of the very first combustion engine powered cars ever made, followed by "the red room", which was basically a hall with only red sports cars. Ferrari's lambo's, MG's, morgans, mazerati's, etc etc. They had a special exhibition for the mini.
All in all the collection was really very impressive indeed!
There was one downside I think. The museum was basically a couple of sheds filled with cars. There were some motorcycles, but there was no explanation of anything at all, except for the signs that identified the cars (including some history associated to them). there was no clear path that showed you how cars evolved, no explanations how a combustion engine works, or how gear boxes work. None of that at all, and to be honest, I think those are really quite essential for a decent museum.

Of course I made some photos, so here are a couple:

1930's Cadillac powered by a V16 engine

Closeup of a Lincoln Zephyr

Closeup of morgan's bonnet (3-wheeled Morgan, can't remember the name of it...)