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British Motor Museum - Gaydon

Staycation!

The museum is located off the M42 in Warwickshire. and it spread over several buildings. There are exhibits that you wouldn't normally find in most car museums, and that's what makes this one unique.

There are prototypes as well as the ugly reasons why many of the British motor manufacturers went bust. If you think the Allegro was a lovely car, then you will certainly love this place.

You may think that the rush to get rid of the internal combustion engine (ICE) is a new fad, but it's not. In the UK we had electric vehicles delivering milk for many years, and then the twisted brain of someone came up with this monstrosity.

1972 Leyland-Crompton electric car prototype.

1972 Leyland-Crompton electric car prototype.

There are some beautiful examples of cars at the right end of the spectrum and some that should have been destroyed before they ever made it off the "designers" table.....

Beautiful MG prototype

Beautiful MG prototype

Jenson FF

Jenson FF

More information can be found on the museum's own website.

More photos from the trip.

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Leap Day in Hythe

Along the seashore

Today is leap day 2020.

We decided to head into Hythe and walk along the sea shore where the Hythe Ranges is located. Today and tomorrow there is no shooting! When the ranges are closed and the red flags are down the public can walk along the path.

We were expecting Storm Jorge to arrive with heavy rain and high winds. The wind was up but the rain held off

We parked by Fisherman's Beach. There are some boats left but on the shore they have built "luxury" apartments that started at £500k.

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With the reduction in the number of boats some of the equipment they used has begun to rust.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

From here we head east along the beach to the Ranges. With us was our dog, Reggie. The sea was quite rough and I tried to get some photos that showed that.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

Walk along the seashore with Storm Jorge.

It was bitterly cold in the wind. So after about half an hour we turned back and headed for the warmth of the car.

Sunday March 1st.

Today as the Ranges were closed and we thought the wind was not as strong, we went back to walk the sea shore path.

We decided to go to the third Martello along. This one is collapsed. It is so close to the sea that it has been undermined and started the fall apart. The towers are over 200 years old.

The round trip from the car was about 3.6 miles. We live about 600 yards from the sea, but between our house and the sea are the Ranges!!

I took some photos.

Collapsed Martello.

Collapsed Martello.

Collapsed Martello.

Collapsed Martello.

Collapsed Martello.

Collapsed Martello.

Collapsed Martello.

Collapsed Martello.

Back to work tomorrow. The Ranges are open for the next few weeks, so walks will be elsewhere.

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Devon 19 - Day 9

Homeward Bound...


View Devon 19 on InvictaMoto's travel map.

We were up early again as Reggie was on his early pee and poop regime again.

In the end we left at around 9.30am. TomTom reckoned it would be just short of 5 hours to get home.

If only. First stop at the start of the A303. Three hours for 86 miles.

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Heavy traffic. Very heavy everywhere. Holidaymakers in both directions. Wankers having accidents causing more holdups.

We got in the house just before 7pm.

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Sadly I had to reset the TomTom earlier in the week and so I have lost the complete trip stats.

So that's it... Another superb holiday top and tailed with terrible driving conditions.

For the holiday I created a Fuelly profile for the Corsa. Only three fill-ups on the entire trip after starting with a full tank at the start of the holiday. I had expected it to be higher, but an overall 45mpg isn't bad considering the traffic jams we were stuck in for about four hours in each direction, where we crawled along in first or second gear!

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You can fly from London to New York in less time that this took to drive! It worked out at an average of 35.1356993736952mph!!!

And lastly - even though I took the Canon 1100D I didn't take too many pics! You can see the results in the Flickr album linked on the right.

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