Car museums are some of the best places to admire classic vehicles. But with so many to choose from, how do you keep track of where to visit? Many enthusiasts have written books on the subject, such as British author T.R Nicholson, who wrote The World’s Motor Museums in 1970. He identified around 180 of the museums that were located in the United States. For example, he wrote about an early museum called the Museo Automovil Club Argentino in Lujan.
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu wrote the foreword for the book and said that “motor museums have now become an integral part, not only of the worldwide Veteran and Vintage movement, but also of the whole history of civilisation.” Montagu created his own car venue that became the British Motor Museum.
Other people wrote guidebooks, but it was only recently that talk of a website surrounding a classic car museum road trip was discussed. This developed from Swedish engineer Kristian Adolfsson’s desire to go on a European road trip to visit automotive museums. The only problem was that he couldn’t find a convenient list of them.
Since the summer of 2017, Adolfsson has worked with web-development colleague Ian Hunter to create carairbikemuseums.com. The website is designed to provide information on every car, motorbike and aviation museum in the world. Launched in November 2017, the website is being updated regularly, with 184 museums listed in total so far. The website features an interactive map and Adolfsson and Hunt are encouraging users to add to the map by filling in a form. The duo hope the website will expand to include tractor and bus museums one day.
An interesting part of the website is the Journeys section, which features museums that the creators have visited. Small and large venues are covered, such as the Cadillac Museum in Keszthely, Hungary.
The collaborative effort between Adolfsson and Hunt is a reflection of the passion that many classic car enthusiasts feel. Carairbikemuseums.com is built around promoting a community spirit. Automotive museums are a niche interest that people are interested in finding out more about. The website is definitely worth checking out and you can make it expand by adding museums that you’ve visited.
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