I normally pay no attention to cars but I have been to two museums that I would highly recommend if you are in the vicinity. The first is the Sinsheim Technical Museum in Germany and this will one day be given its own post. The other featured here is the Southward Car Museum at Parapapaumu on the North Island of New Zealand.
We knew this museum existed and didn’t have plans to visit but, after lunching with relatives, decided to go. What a great decision. It has the largest collection of old cars in the Southern hemisphere and for my husband it was a trip down memory lane. My favourite was the 1950 cadillac gangster car owned by Mickey Cohen.
Other memorable cars they displayed included Marlene Dietrich’s Cadillac cabriolet and a 1915 Stutz Indianapolois race car, gull-winged Mercedes -Benz and an 1895 Benz Velo.
The museum collection was began by Len Southward in 1956 and his collection displayed in the purpose-built museum which opened to the public in 1979. Although there was a huge range of cars we looked in vain for my husband’s first car, which he bought when 16 years old whilst he was still at school. It was the first Bond mini car which was a three-wheeled vehicle with no rear suspension. Powered by a motor cycle engine, it had no reverse gear so it did not require a car licence to operate it.
They did have on display the three wheel Reliant.
The three hours we spent there flew.