Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Cars

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

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.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

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.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

They did have on display the three wheel Reliant.

The three hours we spent there flew.







About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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4 Responses to Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Cars

  1. sounds like a fun time.
    oddly enough, I’ve always love cars, having collected matchbox and hot wheels since I can remember.
    isn’t it interesting that a place you don’t think you would have any interest in can be so captivating.


  2. You are right Maureen. Sometimes being forced to do things you wouldn’t choose to do yourself can open up a whole new vista. One of the reasons I belong to a book club as it forces me to read outside my preferred genre and 95% of the time I find it is a good experience.


  3. Cee Neuner says:

    That caddie is has a wonderful shine….Great photos for this week’s challenge! Happy New Year!


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