Our next trip was to Beaulieu, (which the British pronounce Bewlee) the home of the National Motor Museum. To get there from Westbourne, was about an hour's drive, but first a pub lunch at The Stags Head.
|right around the corner from our Coach House|
|Cottage pie with some of the best pan sauce I've had in a while|
|Bacon and Egg sandwich for Dr. C|
|Almost like Misty of Chincoteague|
Lord Montague, who had a love for cars, and the collection here is staggering. Being married to someone who reads every plaque I am happy to enjoy the beauty of these cars and motorcycles, but I'm also happy to sit and wait, which I usually do. We usually open and close museums since Dr. C. is such a history junkie and car nut. When I was done looking at the cars, I sat down with one of the docents, an older gentleman who had known Lord Montague and got the story of how he'd started collecting cars, then build something to store them in, and at some point, people started giving him motorcycles. He then needed a place to store them, so he tore out a lower kitchen in his manor house, and stored them in the basement until the museum was built.
Here are a few highlights from the tour.
|I LOVE these|
|The original car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang|
|camper made entirely of Legos|
|An orange car|
|Dr. C dreaming|
|only Harley in the place|
In a separate building we saw some of the cars from the series before Clarkson, Hammond and May left.
|Limousine made from a Fiat|
|Tour of Vietnam on motorbikes|
|Mini cooper they took to India|