The history behind Vintage racing cars of New England + Must-do Car Museums in SA

2017-06-15 18:00
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A new museum dedicated to New England's race cars and drivers has recently opened at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Revving engines at latest museum

The North East Motor Sports Museum displays nearly 40 race cars, motorcycles and even a snowmobile dating back to the early 1900s. Along with cars, exhibits include racing uniforms and photos of historic race tracks - including at the Keene fairgrounds, where one photo shows crowds behind a picket fence as cars race past.

Organizers say the goal of the museum — which was nearly two decades in the making — is to showcase the sport's rich history while attracting a new generation of fans. But it opens at a challenging time: The speedway is losing a premier Nascar race and the sport as a whole has been losing fans for years. It is unsure whether the museum will have an outstanding success. 

The museum also houses a library with over 1 000 00 books and magazines on cars - in order to educate members and the public on motor vehicles on display and the general history of cars. 

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But you can also get your local vintage car fix:

Local car museums:

Cape Town - Franschhoek

Franschhhoek Motor Museum   - is home to a select collection of vehicles, motor cycles and bicycles dating back 100 years. 

Where: Franschhhoek Motor Museum 

Visiting hours: by appointment only, please see website.


James Hall Museum of Transport  is known as the largest museum to have the most extensive collection of land transport - they display everything from animal drawn vehicles to motor vehicles from the early 1900s. It also has a collection of transport memorabilia surrounding the history of transport in South Africa.  If you wish to get a tour of the museum you must book in advance. 

Where: Pioneers Park, Rosettenville road, La Rochelle 

Visiting Hours: Tuesday - Friday 09:00 - 16:30

Cost: Entrance is Free. 

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