Kilgarvan Motor Museum

On a driving holiday through the U.K. last year I searched out a few Motor Museums. I really enjoyed them all, but Kilgarven in the South of Ireland was particularly enjoyable. Here are some pictures I took there.

Before you enter the sheds that house the museum, there are some very pretty gardens, and bits and pieces strewn around. Like this!

So, I started walking around, and the first car I saw was this brand spanking new Porsche 911GT3!! What? It’s not a GT3? Sorry.. they all look the same to me..

Niiice! Ye Olde English Triumph Stag!

I’ve never seen one of these before, a German Adler.

This Rolls-Royce Corniche (in a MOST unusual colour!) was the result of a ground-up restoration by the Museum.

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Coffee & Chrome, Adelaide – June 2018

Adelaide has a few Coffee and Cars events. This particular one is held monthly at the HomeMaker Center at Mile End. I went to take a look and snap a few pictures, and it was good! Very crowded, which made it hard to get pictures at times, but some lovely cars.

It was very busy, people everywhere, and the cars were parked right on top of each other, so it was hard to get decent shots. Here’s a 59 Caddy to start with – LOVE those fins!

More Cadillac Finny Goodness! A 1960..

A Nice Z28 Camaro

And a really nice 1955 Chev

1973 Chev Corvette

I don’t think they made 356’s in RHD, possibly a replica.. but nice, nonetheless.

Extremely sweet Engine Bay of a Camaro SS.

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A look around the Carl Lindner Jaguar Collection

For several years I had been hearing about a collection of Jaguars hidden in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.. Information about this almost mythical collection was scarce on the ground, with no web-site anywhere that I could find.

Late last year a number of articles were published regarding the owner (Carl Lindner) sadly passing due to illness, and speculation ran rife around the possibility of some or all of the collection being sold. This didn’t however, eventuate, and further stories and rumours crept out.

Recently I tracked down the collection through an article published by a local car club, and made contact with a view of a visit and being able to take some photographs. Here is the story of my visit, where I was accompanied by my good friend (and chauffeur for the day) Steve.

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American Muscle Cruise

As the cruise participants milled around I wandered in and out taking pictures of their cars, starting with this VERY nice Dodge Challenger!

And here’s another shot of the Challenger – Too nice!

Next was another Dodge, a Charger.

And another shot. It looks just as good from this angle!

Nice bum, Charger!

Not sure if they had these Ford Fairlanes in the USA, but we sure got them here in Australia.

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Early Model Holden Spotting!

There is also a very famous institution here in Adelaide called Vili’s Cafe de Wheels, where you can buy (and consume) really great meat pies and other food. This morning I went out for a coffee at Vili’s with my buddy Steve, and co-incidentally just after I arrived people started turning up in the very first model Holdens, the 48-215 (or FX) and it’s successor, the FJ.… Click Here to Read More

British Classic Tour at Victor Harbor. S.A. 2018

The Tour was set up with a Start/Finish Line for the leisurely drive around the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula. No breakdowns were reported.

And when the Tour finished the cars were parked on the Victor Harbour Oval for display. This is when I arrived, to take some pictures!

First up were some stylish Mark 2 Jaaaaaaaaaags, like this one. The colour really suited it, I thought.

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My visit to the Geraldine Motor Museum in New Zealand

On our driving holiday of New Zealand back in 2014, we stumbled across a Car Museum in a little town called Geraldine.

The Geraldine Motor Museum didn’t look like too much from the outside, but we had a couple of hours to spare, and the entry fee was very reasonable….so.. in we go!

A bit of a chat with the lovely chap on the door (everyone in New Zealand was VERY nice to us!) and it turns out that the museum belongs to the local Car Club, and the members own all the vehicles. What a great idea, somewhere to store your cars AND have them on display for people to look at.

First impressions : The museum is crowded, and definitely built and run on a budget.

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List of The Best Car Museums

In my quest to visit and photograph every Car Museum IN THE WORLD I thought I’d better find out where they all are. In my over-achieving style I have starting building a database of museums, sorted by country/region. Early days yet, I’ve hardly touched the USA for instance, but you can find the list at This Spot. If you know of any I’ve missed, please let me know as I’d love to keep building the list.

Lakeland Motor Museum

On a trip to the U.K. in 2017, I planned out a couple of Car Museums to visit along the way. As we were passing through the Lakes District, Lakeland’s was an obvious choice for a stop.

Everything about my visit to Lakeland was good, starting with it being easy to find, and plenty of free parking available right across the private road from the entrance.

A Visit to the Donington Grand Prix Collection

This time we’re going into the Grand Prix Collection at Donington Raceway!
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t have high expectations of this excursion. I expected a nice little collection of F1 cars and paraphernalia, maybe a couple of videos. Boy, was I wrong!! Come join me as my horizons are expanded.

Located in beautiful Derbyshire, the Museum sits within the confines of the Grand Prix complex. As I was driving in and out there were numerous Astons, Jags, Ferraris and Porsches moving around – it would be an interesting place to do some serious car-spotting I think. Anyway, let’s go in!

The Enzo Ferrari Engine Museum

This is a companion article to a previous one I wrote, where I visited the Ferrari Enzo Museum in Modena, Italy. In that article, I mentioned that I’d taken pictures in the Engine Hall. I kept them out of that piece because I figured most people wouldn’t be overly impressed by an engine sitting on a stand. For those brave few who ARE interested, here we go! The other article is HERE if you haven’t seen it already.

A Virtual Tour of the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy.

Above is the stunning entrance to the Enzo Museum. You park around the back of the building (lots of spaces!) and walk around the side to be greeted by this! I’ve never seen a museum that looked so interesting from the outside.

Come and join me on this, the first of my virtual Car Museum tours. I love to visit Car Museums and photograph the exhibits. All the pictures in this article are taken by me (unless stated otherwise) and I’ll share my thoughts and impressions as well.
I hope you have fun!

Drivetribe

A couple of months ago I started spending a bit of time on Drivetribe.com, which is the website owned by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – formerly of Top Gear fame, and the hosts of The Grand Tour. As well as finding the moderators and (most) users extremely welcoming and hospitable I have really been enjoying my interaction with the site, to the point I have started writing some articles based on my visits to car museums and local (South Australian) events. I’ll most likely start to reproduce and expand upon the theme here, but if you’d like to view my work, go join up to Drivetribe. It is a very different site from what you are used to, as it is very social media like, but without the inane and mindless drivel that is the norm on other sites.… Click Here to Read More

2018 Jaguar National Rally – Display Day

The Jaguar National Rally was held in South Australia this year. Sunday 15th April had most of the entrants displaying their cars at the amazing National Motor Museum in Birdwood. As is my wont, camera on the ready, and off we go. I got pictures of *most* of the cars, but the weather wasn’t very co-operative and I had to take pictures between showers.
I also took advantage of one of the newest additions to the museum, and so got some pictures of the AMAZING Bugatti Veyron. Also look for the XJ13.. it is just brilliant. Enjoy! 2018 Jaguar National Rally – Display Day – 8th April 2018

Austin 7 Club Funkhana

8th April 2018, and the Austin 7 Club held a FunKhana on Houghton Oval.  Events included Delivering a rolled up newspaper into a tyre, catching balls, driving around in circles maintaining tension on a string, and describing a 360 circle with a cardboard box over your head (see the pictures!) Austin 7 Club Funkhana – 8th April 2018

Back from Holidays!

We have arrived home from another holiday – The United Kingdom this time..

Lot of photos at : United Kingdom 2017

And I managed to squeeze in a few Car Museums that rev-heads might like :-
Kilgarvan Motor Museum 2017
Bo’Ness Motor Museum 2017 Lakeland Motor Museum 2017
The British Motor Museum 2017
Donington Motor Museum 2017

Cross-Flashing a Fujitsu D2607 RAID Controller

I recently picked up a few Fujitsu D2607 RAID Controllers (cheap off eBay!) to replace the Rocket RAID controller in my NAS, which I have come to distrust as it has at times been a little flaky (plus, they have never provided a single firmware update, and support if asking anything is non-existent). The Fujitsus use the popular and well-thought-of LSI Controller chips.

  As I really like ZFS on Linux I really had no need for the RAID functionality on the cards, and in fact found the RAID BIOS (and the need to configure each drive as a separate Virtual Drive in order to be presented to Linux) to be a real PITA. My testing showed that replacing a drive in the inevitable event of a drive failure would almost certainly result in loss of the whole array.… Click Here to Read More