First things first: Disclaimer: I am not a petrolhead. I do, however, like the odd classic car – and will always appreciate seeing a classic on the open road. (Who doesn’t??)
Very rarely, like last weekend, I end up walking around a museum full of wonderful, beautiful, shiny old cars. This collection is at L’Ormarins, Franschoek - a stunning wine estate in the Western Cape, South Africa.
The iPhone was ready (even if BIG camera batteries were not) and Hipstamatic played along…
In four buildings, housing at least 20-25 vehicles each, a gleaming collection of past auto-mobile beauts from the U.S.A and Europe sit waiting for an outing…
Oh, if only I could don my Biggles goggles… (no, SERIOUSLY)
I particularly love the MGs (my UK heritage shines through ;) )
and the lovely blue Cobra… *sigh*
I really, really like this car…
It “GRRrrs” so nicely ;)
I even had a Downton Abbey moment:
Could it be?? Is It???
Period dramas aside, I enjoyed this bright yellow jaguar.. it looks like a cheeky fish that would have fit in well with the “Finding Nemo” movie:
There were Bugattis…
and even more Ferraris..
There were cars I had never heard of.., even one called “The Dictator” (it was discontinued in 1937 when Studebaker realised the negative connotations of naming it so – on the back of Hitler’s rise to power)
Studebaker went a step further, and made a “back-to-front” car. I am not joking:
The “Avanti”: the “Forward” backwards-looking car. Very odd.
Some cars had recognisable logos, but were under different names, like the old “Audis”
Auto Union, I think they were…
Very cute, in my opinion… perhaps it is because I do enjoy a “red” car… or two:
Or, maybe it is because if they weren’t black, they had to be red?? Thank you, Henry Ford…
Of course, these are but a few; there were many more. More than I know… after all, as I said, I am no petrolhead.
I’ll leave you with a few more Buicks(?), Mercedes, Packards(?), Alfa Romeos and all those others that I cannot remember to name. Please help out where you can!
and a Porsche to finish off with. (as you do)
What’s your favourite?