This is my grand nephew - Luke Williams - Sharon's son - and Judy's grandson. He has just earned his Eagle Scout Award. My dad Hap Everhart - was a scoutmaster for 10 years from 1952 to 1962 at Snyder PA - Troop 161. I am sure he is beaming over this honor. Luke lives in Bordentown NJ
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Monday, December 11, 2023
Sunday, December 10, 2023
|British Motor Museum and Mercedes electric rental
|This Morgan is the car I ordered new in 1970.
Mine was to have a Buick 215 V8 aluminum engine.
Wednesday was our last full day in Europe. Thursday we would catch an early plane and fly 8 hours back to Atlanta and the USA. Lulu and I decided to divide the day in two. The first half would be spent at the British Motor Museum - the second half at the Blenheim Palace. We went to Paddington Station and caught a train to Oxford - about one hour west. Then we rented a Mercedes electric and drove to Gaydon - a town about 50 miles north.
The museum was out in the countryside - 2 new buildings in green pastures. We had purchased tickets online at a discount for being pensioners - over 65.
The car collection is over 400 cars. I took pictures until my eyes glazed over. Here are 60 of my favorites. Each car has a second picture of the information plaque of the car. It tells - name - model - year - engine - horsepower - top speed. Many of the cars had special interests - special owners - first editions - special uses.
Many of the cars I have owned thru the years. Before 1968 - it was easy to buy a car in Europe - just ship it home - register it - and drive it. After 1968 - only cars that were certified to the USA safety standards and emission standards could be licensed in America. To this day - many companies make a living - buying very old cars - and taking them down to the frame and rebuilding them - adding safety features.
In 1970 - when I graduated from college - I ordered a sports car from England. It was $2875 at the time. They would custom make you a car. When it came time to pick it up - I had an accident with my trade in - and I never got the car. I have since visited that Morgan Car Company - and watched them build cars. You can see the factory on my web page - harry dot everhart dot com.
After the museum visit - we drove the rental car to Blenheim Palace - we arrived at 4:30 pm and it was already dark. We enjoyed 3 hours in the dark and cold touring the Palace and grounds. Then back to the Oxford Station - to Paddington Station - and The Tube - which had a station right in our hotel at Queensway.
|The very first Mini ever made - 1959
|BMW built in England
|I loved this Austin 7 - seats 4
|This racer has an early twin cam engine
|One of the first British campers
|Motorized trikes - paid less taxes - less for license
|Replica of the very first car - 1886 Benz
|MG's set land speed records at
Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah
|Delorean Stainless Steel Car - made in Belfast
|In 2000 - the last real Mini - in Lulu red
|Morris Minor were exported to USA
|Lotus Super 7 - they are still made in Dartford
under the Catherham name
|The MG Midget
|In 1970 - I bought this MGB instead of the above Morgan
|Lightning electric car
|Larry Lishman of Tamaqua had a Lotus Europa
|Morgan made a 3 wheeler sports car for years -
they still make them
|After the war - the Brits tried to make a Jeep
out of a Mini
|Three wheel mail truck
|Little Bedford van - some were campers
|Land Rover Jeep - still made
|This was a jet turbine car
|1896 motor trike
|The beautiful Jaguar C Type
|Austin Power's Jaguar
|The Jaguar 6 cylinder XK engine
|All aluminum Jaguar
|Daimler sports car
|Princess Diana had this Jaguar V12 special
made with seats in the back for the kids.
|Mini - cut in half
One of the most efficient little cars
|They made the Honda Civic in England 50 years
1971 - 2021
|They do all the work on the cars here
|This engine was an MGA Twin Cam
I had one in 1968
|It went 141 mph at LeMans!