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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.

Posted by InvictaMoto 00:48 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged staycation british_motor_museum Comments (0)

Standen House and Garden

National Trust Staycation

Another weekend and another "staycation" drive out. This time to Standen House, another National Trust managed property.

This one is special as the finest example of the William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement at the end of the 19th century. The house is as it would have been with the dining room restored to "as is" from from the 1920's.

It took a while to get there with the route TomTom decided on. Only 71 miles but it took nearly an hour and a half.

Only the ground floor is open as the upstairs isn't wide enough to allow social distancing.

As with any property trying to stay open during the pandemic and aftermath, public safety is a top priority. Entry is by pre-booked ticket (booked online) with limited numbers and timed entry. There was a small queue to get into the house itself, controlled by a traffic light system and a one way route around the ground floor.

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

As we had left the dog at home we only did the house this weekend, and decided to come back and do the walks in the 12 acres of gardens when he can come too. Maybe if the weather holds up we can come back in a few weeks otherwise it will be next year.

The TomTom took us home the country route rather than the motorway route. In the end it took about the same time and we got to see some parts of Kent that we hadn't seen before. We forget that our own county the weald is very beautiful between the towns and villages.

A few more photos.

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Posted by InvictaMoto 16:07 Archived in England Tagged arts_and_crafts national_trust standen_house Comments (0)

Alzheimer's Memory Ride-Out 2019

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Many people have formed an opinion of motorcyclists, or bikers, from the crap they watch on TV. You know the sort of show or movie? All bikers are tattooed and ride Harley's and are into no good. Criminals of course.

The other side of bikers is that they are maybe indeed tattooed and ride Harley's, but in general are just like you and me. They have responsible jobs, They have families. They are no less law abiding than ordinary members of the public. In fact they could be you. They are me.

This charity ride was in its second year. A ride from Bexhill on Sea to Folkestone along the coast. All riders and their pillions paid £5 up front to raise funds for the Alzheimers UK charity.

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I was late setting off and decided to meet the run at the break point at Dungeness Light Railway Station. I took the Nikon with me to fire off as many photos as I could before joining the back of the parade to Folkestone.

Here are some of the photos. The rest are on my Flickr account. Linked on the right.

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Everyone had a great time on a nice sunny day.

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