LOCATED AT 206 NORTH HIGHLAND STREET, MOUNT DORA, FLA. 32757



Mount Dora’s #1 ‘Brick and Mortar’ Attraction ~ 6 Years Running !!!  (WE CAN’T COMPETE WITH THE LAKE ; )

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     ” THE ULTIMATE MAN CAVE ”  

Welcome to the Museum section of our site. This page will give you a peek at what we offer inside the building. Your visit to this Private Museum is a chance to
‘take a D�j� Vu trip’ through time, RELIVE THE PAST, walk through our facility, and enjoy some of America’s Finest Classic Muscle, “Pro Cars” & Foreign Cars, plus
a 40+ Year collection of “Automobilia” (Auto Antiques) including: A 1948 Full Midget Race car by Floyd Trevis (Indy Roadster Car Builder), Vintage Road Signs, Autographed Guitars & Backstage Passes from famous ‘Rockers’ & Country Artists (featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan / Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Ozzy Ozbourne, Montgomery & Gentry, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones’, Madonna,  Ron Woods, The Eagles’ Don Henley & His Group, Journey, Billy Ray Cyrus, Graham Nash, George Thorogood, Chicago, All Member’s of the ’99 Lalapolooza Tour, Madonna & Chet Atkins), + Madonna’s Autographed underpants & Electric Guitar, the entire Cast Signed Guitar from “Pawn Stars” including ‘ChumLee’ and the “Old Man”, Brooke Burke Autographed Guitar (Former Host of “Dancing w/The Stars”), Vintage Jukeboxes, Quarter Midget Race Cars (4), an actual full-size Vintage 1940’s Texaco Gas Station (built within the Museum walls) w/ period Texaco Gas Attendant & Vintage Signage, even a Child in an all original ‘Davy Crockett’ Outfit correct down to his watch, “Old Betsy” Muskett, (rare) Knife and Coon Skin Hat,  16 Mannequins dressed in original Period Clothing for the 30’s-40’s-50’s-60’s + 8-foot “Marge & Maggie” from ‘The Simpsons’, 1920-1957 Pedal Cars & (3) Taylor Tot Baby Strollers, Complete “I Love Lucy” Display featuring a rare Pedal Car w/ Matching Airstream Trailer, TV playing “Long , Long Trailer”, Original 50’s Blonde End table with Bakelite Phone (exactly as used on TV Show) and Deco 50’s lamp, even Lucy’s Apron, ‘Rabbit Ears’ and TV Broadcast ‘pattern’ on the Screen, Large Vintage Neon Sign’s in their original Cabinets (“Cans”), Vintage Luggage w/ Travel Stickers, (2) ‘Dealer Incentive’ 1960-67  Promo Kid-Size Corvette’s from Chevrolet Dealers, a 1920 Indian ‘Board Track Motorcycle’ display, Ton’s of Signed or Autographed Posters & Framed Artwork, Toy Car & Trailer Collection, Vintage Wagon, 1959 Soap Box Derby Car complete with dated Helmet,(4) working 1950’s Black & White TV’s featuring Vintage programs (“The HoneyMooners”, “Shirley Temple (Curly Top”), “Sky Raider’s”, “Casablanca” “The Egg & I”, etc),  a real Cedar Point  Amusement Park Bumper Car from Ohio, an original Bumper car from ‘Kiddieland’ near Chicago, an original California 1950’s Bob’s Big Boy statue, Classic 50’s Ambulance Driver & Nurse Attendant in full uniforms, a classic Route 66 Desert Trading Post  w/ Rattlesnake Display (real- but, happily stuffed) Vintage Gilmore Gasoline Race Car Dummy, Antique Longboard & Shortboard Surf Boards, 4- different Record Player Display from 1878-1957, over 300 Porcelain/ Tin/Canvas Signs, Vintage Weight & Fortune Porcelain Scale, Full-size “Elsie” Borden’sA&P Supermarket ‘Talking Cow’, Coca Cola Porcelain School Crossing Guard, a real [rear  clip] ’59 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Sofa, NASCAR Display: (Race Uniforms or Jackets from Robbie Moroso, Bobby LaBonte, Dick Moroso, other Drivers w/ NASCAR crash parts), a Great Dedication to Our Servicemen : with WW I & II Uniforms, Leather Flight Jackets from Vietnam & WWII, Dummy (Practice) Bombs, N.Vietnamese Mortar Shell, WW I Airplane Propellers, Viet Cong Bring Backs’ Battle Scarf, Ammo Bag & Tank Flag, Leather Pilot Helmet WW1, Morse-Code WWII Spy Radio, ’50’s-’60’s TWA Uniformed Stewardess & Eastern Pilot Display down to every detail including Service Badges, Giant 1943 Defense Bond Poster & 1941 “Battle Cry” Recruiter Poster, Hubley Antique Toy Plane Mobil, Vietnam War Photo’s, Desert Storm Helmet plus: 9 Vintage 30’s to 50’s Gas Pumps, (4) Air Towers, Oil Dispenser Displays, Greyhound Bus Driver Display w/ original Aluminum Bus Side Signs removed from a Greyhound & Continental Bus & Bus Stop Lollipop Sign, 3-sets of Antique Oil Bottles / Cans, 50’s Soda Bar Furniture & Display w/ 50’s Waitress on Roller Skates, Cola Machines, Jane Mansfield Mannequin with her ‘exact dimensions’, ‘Silver Springs’, FL. Display, (5) Vintage Fire Extinguishers, and even MORE Automobiliagalore .*  Ten of our personal cars are on permanent display  (including rare Hearses). How do we survive? : we offer you 10-12 cars for sale (See the ‘ Inventory wheel ‘ button on the Index page).
**MUSEUM CAR INVENTORY VARIES FROM PHOTOS DISPLAYED AS NEW ITEMS ARE PURCHASED , ADDED or OCCASSIONALLY COMPLETELY REPLACED

** WARNING: ANY CHILDREN LEFT IN THE GIFT SHOP WILL BE
GIVEN EXPRESSO AND RETURNED TO THIER PARENT(S) WITH A FREE PUPPY 🙂 
THIS IS AN ADULT MUSEUM !


  WE ATTEND CARS SHOWS, FROM TIME TO TIME, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY (USUALLY ON WEEKENDS) SO, BEST TO  CALL IN ADVANCE OF FOR SAT. ONLY HOURS 

MUSEUM: ALWAYS OPEN 10AM-5PM, MON-FRIDAY , PLEASE CALL AHEAD FOR SATURDAY HOURS : ADMISSION $15 inc.Tax SELF-GUIDED TOUR~ 


$S ‘GUIDED’ WALK-THRU TOUR; (Special)
$18 inc. Tax ( REQUIRES MINIMUM 20 PEOPLE w/ $100 CREDIT CARD DEPOSIT, NO EXCEPTIONS ). OUR MUSEUM PHONE # IS: 352-385-0049


ONCE AGAIN- OUR APOLOGIES BUT…

 THIS IS AN ADULT MUSEUM: WE DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE , DUE TO PREVIOUS DAMAGE WE SUFFERED 


WE HONOR ALL U.S. MILITARY , LOCAL POLICE, L.C.S.O. DEPUTIES, AND ‘PROFESSIONAL CAR SOCIETY’ SITE ‘SUPPORT MEMBERS’ (NOT THEIR ENTIRE FAMILIES) WITH SINGLE FREE ADMISSION BUT, YOU MUST SHOW YOUR CURRENT POLICE I.D. / DD173 ACTIVE DUTYMILITARY SERVICE CARD” OR BE VERIFIED ONLINE WITH I.D. 
SORRY NO OTHER DISCOUNTS ARE ALLOWED


( Naturally: No Pets, Food/Drinks, and due to recent damage: No Care Less Walkers, Crutches, Strollers, Backpacks or Large 35mm Camera’s Please )

Closed: Sundays & Most Holidays:

For a GREAT  ‘objective’ article written about the Museum by Mount Dora Buzz see:  http://www.mountdorabuzz.com/arts–entertainment/mount-doras-museum-of-speed-a-vault-of-dreams

 

OUR BUSINESS IS OUR DREAM AND PASSION……

THE MT. DORA MUSEUM OF SPEED & CLASSIC CAR STORE


We built the all new Art Deco Mount Dora Museum of Speed , so we could share our hobby and a lifetime of antique collecting with the General Public… moving to Central FL. and opening for business in Mt. Dora mid-August 2001. Since we travel often to buy cars PLEASE, it’s always best to call in advance to clear your arrival (ESPECIALLY FOR WEEKENDS). If you’ve never been to Mount Dora, get out your Future Events Calendar….the town is a must see. A mandatory visit while near Orlando, it’s the home base for the Renniger’s “Antique Extravaganza Show(s)”, “Wooden Boat Show in Tavares” on Lake Dora, Ice House Theater, “Bicycle Rally”, “Christmas Parade & Walk”, “Plant Show”, “Art Festival”, “Spring Festival of Music” various Antique Car Shows, and “Crafts Fair”….it has been repeatedly listed Nationally in several magazine’s as “One of The Five Best Places to Retire.” The year long Special Events calendar garnishes a major turnout (allegedly a quarter million visitors per year), so Dora’s not your typical ‘small potato’ Central Florida town. Flower-laden, recently renovated Mount Dora is just 43 minutes N.W. of Orlando Airport. Many view it as the East Coast’s version of Carmel, California or a sleepy 1950’s New England Village. It not only offers the highest elevation in the State of Florida (184 ft. above sea level, whoa) but, visiting it is like taking a trip in a time machine back to ‘KINDER TIMES’. A vintage community loaded with Antique Shops / Fine Dining, Lake & Canal Cruises, Century old Architecture, Beautiful Inns / Bed & Breakfasts’, 26 Churches and some genuinely nice people….all this while residing in a picture perfect community. It’s surrounded by 1001 Fresh Water Lakes and large Oak trees, laden with Spanish Moss and cooler temperatures than So. Florida’s normal.

It was a romantic ‘getaway’ from the rigors of Palm Beach County, for my wife and I, for six years prior to moving here. We decided it was the perfect place to ‘semi-retire’ and open a Car Museum , after an article appeared in Money magazine rating it as
One of the Top Five Places To Retire. It occurred to us that there was plenty of entertainment in town for the ladies but, nothing for the guys to do, except eat/drink….so, with it’s close proximity to the Orlando Airport, it was the perfect venue for a Car Museum. We designed the building in the 1940’s style of Art Deco and decided to share our lifetime collection with everyone who chose to come in ( we were only open by appointment when we were located in Jupiter, FL). The Museum is located on the corridor to the Historical District ( 206 North Highland Street ), designed as basically a Hurricane Proof 7,000+ sq. ft. building with cantered 26 foot ceilings, designed to hang all our  antiques.

OUR NEW ‘WAYFARER SIGN’ (seen in the center) IN THE HISTORICAL DISTRICT DOWNTOWN MOUNT DORAWAYFARER SIGN” IN THE H the

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‘WHEN MEN WERE MEN – WITH NO CAGES”

THE STORY BEHIND THE FULL MIDGET RACE CAR

DISPLAYED IN OUR LOBBY, FOR ALL TO ENJOY,  IS A FLOYD TREVIS FULL MIDGET RACER. FLOYD TREVIS-KRAFT WAS BEST KNOWN FOR BUILDING “OFFY” ROADSTERS FOR THE F.I.A. CHAMPIONSHIPS AND USAC EVENTS FROM 1951-1961. HIS BUSINESS WAS BASED IN YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. THESE MIDGETS FOUND THEMSELVES LOCATED ALL OVER THESE GREAT UNITED STATES IN RACE PROGRAMS. FLOYD TREVIS WAS WELL KNOWN AS “THE CADILLAC OF RACE CAR BUILDERS” OWING TO HIS ‘QUALITY BUILD’ WITH HIS ‘EXTRA TOUCH’. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE SPRINT CAR HALL OF FAME (1990). JUST A FEW  OF HIS MOST FAMOUS WINNING RACE CARS WERE A.J. FOYT IN THE “BOWLES SEAL-FAST SPECIAL” (INDY 1961),  DICK RATHMAN ACHIEVING THE POLE POSITION AT INDY 1958 IN A TREVIS BUILT CAR AND EDDIE JOHNSON WINNING 6TH PLACE IN ONE AT INDY 1960. THIS PARTICULAR CAR IS ONE OF SIX BUILT. IT PASSED TO CALIFORNIA WHERE IT COMPETED IN SEVERAL EVENTS SPONSORED BY ED WAGNER. IT WAS NAMED #64 “THE SODA CAN SPECIAL”, AFTER ITS ASSOCIATION WITH ‘SODA CANYON NAPA VALLEY RACING’. SINCE THESE OLD GIRLS COULD BE SPONSORED BY HUNDRED’S OF SPONSORS DURING THEIR LIFE, WE DEDICATED OUR CAR WITH TRIBUTE SPONSORSHIP FROM A PERIOD CORRECT SODA BEVERAGE FIRM “WHITE ROCK BEVERAGES” (ONE OF AMERICA’S VERY FIRST BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTORS POPULAR IN THE 1930’S, ’40-S AND ’50’S). THIS FLOYD TREVIS-KRAFT MIDGET CARRIES A 120 CUBIC INCH / 183 HP FORD 60-V8 WITH ‘EDDIE MEYER’ HOLLYWOOD HEADS, ‘EDDIE MEYER’ INTAKE, DUAL STROMBERGS W/ CUSTOM HEADERS, IN/OUT TRANSMISSION, ALUMINUM ‘LIGHTWEIGHT’ REAR-END, LEATHERETTE INTERIOR, PERIOD CORRECT SAFETY BELTS, CHROME ROLLBAR & NERF BARS, ORIGINAL MIDGET DRIVERS HELMET, FIRESTONE RACING TIRES ON DREYER RACING CAST ALUMINUM WHEELS. IT HAD A TOP SPEED OF 120 M.P.H.
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  JOIN US FOR A ‘SNEAK PEEK’ INSIDE THE MUSEUM … 

 

 

 


THIS COMPLETE BUILDING IS A 1940’S TEXACO GAS STATION THAT ACTUALLY STILL EXISTS HERE IN MOUNT DORA. COMPLETE WITH SIGNS FROM 1920-1960. GAS PUMPS ARE FROM 1943-1946

 


 

             

 

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Remember leaving the Restroom Key in your pocket after a ‘pitstop’ at the local gas station? Here’s two displays including the Anco RainMaster Box and Attendant Restroom Key Sign.  Before Fire Extinguishers businesses had round-bottom Fire Buckets and Water Grenades, as seen here. Remember the classroom ‘Bomb Drills” at School where you were required to hide under your desk or ‘hold the wall’ at school?? Here’s a reminder: Something you never see: original Civil Defense implements: Bomb Shelter Signs, CD Helmet/Armband, Geiger Counter and even Canned water. Listen for the Siren!! Also an original, portable Childrens Potty Chair complete with deposit.


 

           

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1962 GEBR-IHLE AMUSEMENT BUMPER CAR

Who can forget as a child, teenager or Adult your first ride in a Bumper car? They have all but totally vanished as vendors fear the lawsuits. You’ve heard of Dodgem and Lusse Brothers Bumper Cars (see one in our Museum) but, the rarest electric Bumper Car to be found in America is this German beauty by Gebr-Ihle used at “Kiddie-Land” in the Southeast corner of Melrose Amusement Park’s “Scooter” Exhibition, (near Chicago) Illinois from 1962 until the Park closed in 2009 (demolished in June 2010). A Costco Store now occupies the space. It is a dead-on replica of the now famous 1962 Corvette Roadster which went on to fame in the CBS TV Show “Route 66” with Martin Milner & George Maharis (10/7/60 – 3/21/64) and in collectible garages all across America. The 1962 Corvette is considered iconic “The Marilyn Monroe of ALL Cars” (Paul Neidermeyer – ‘Curbside Corvettes’). For those constantly asking; yes, we have one Green Bumper Car for sale.


    

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1949 SCHWINN BICYCLE

This beautiful 1949 Schwinn “Hollywood” Model Girls Bike was donated by an admiring Museum customer who wanted it to go to a good home. It’s was Judy Peterson’s original one-owner bicycle which she was given on her birthday in 1949. After college it was hung in the rafters of her Father’s garage until she married in 1968. Then moved to FL. It is completely Original down to the paint, saddle leather seat, tires, front fender light, horn tank ,reflectors and basket. We added the Ding-Dong Bell. 


             

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This great display will bring back some memories. It’s an original Texaco Credit Card ‘Cruncher’, complete with leather Texaco Attendant Cap, ‘Gas Jockey’ photo and the Story of how Ford Thunderbird was created. There’s even a gas Jockey photo. Everyone had a Volkswagen during Our Youth so, we sought out a ultra-low mileage, Original version for Museum & Car Show Display. Here’s a 3 owner 1962 with 62,000 miles, ALL original Paint, Interior, Motor (40hp) and Floorpan. LOADED with factory options….even a ‘hidden’ spare tire fuel can that fits INSIDE the wheel. Just added: 1930’s Baby Stroller &1951 Hallicrafters B&W TV with ‘octupus tape’ Rabbit Ears Antenna, orig. Hallicrafters TV Brochure and 50’s Kodak Flash Camera.


       

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Before Oil CANS came Oil Bottles with spouts. Seen here are three racks complete with a ‘cowpile’ Rattlesnake. (the only way we could ‘guard’ the bottles from being kicked & broken 🙂

   

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Recently added: 1920 Indian ‘Board Track Motocycle Racer’ (yes, correct spelling). It’s a Single Motor complete with Rider in Period Outfit: Leather Helmet, Goggles, Riding Britches, Leather Knee-High Boots, Vintage Indian Leather Jacket & original photo’s. Great photo op…our 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Sofa with our ‘quiet’ mascot Coyote. On the wall: orig. Movie Marque Letters with “Movie Garden” Poster..an orig. Drive-in Movie from Eustis.










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GONE BUT, NOT FORGOTTEN….OUR “DUCK DYNASTY” DISPLAY

We initially received such a great response to our “Pawn Stars” display we decided to add it to our Museum Floor. As was shown, ‘Uncle Si’, ‘Jase’ and ‘Phil Robertson’ with their actual Duck Dynasty headwear. They are here with us, standing next to our Patina Rat Rod. Complete with the squirrel (apologies for his hand signal), duck decoys, 2 real Mallard taxidermy, the A&E Corporate ‘Dynasty’ Display Box, Official Duck Commander Tea Glass, photo’s and even “Si’s autographed, agua green Tea Glass. Don’t worry about the full-size coiled rattlesnake …the Rat Rod’s about to run it over. This display has JUST now….. moved on.










     

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ONE OF OUR  ‘NEW’ EDITIONS : “PEGGY SUE” IN HER 50’S DRIVE-IN UNIFORM, COMPLETE WITH N.O.S. VINTAGE ROLLER SKATES, WAIST-MOUNT COIN CHANGER, THE OBLIGATORY CIGARETTE, PERIOD JEWELRY & PINBACKS…. SHE’S ‘GOING STEADY’… SEE HER BOYFRIENDS ‘CAR CLUB’ JACKET ON THE CHAIR……MAYBE THAT’S WHY SHE DROPPED HER DINNER TRAY- “VINNYS” IN THE HOUSE ?

 

   

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THIS GREAT CHRYSLER PEDAL CAR CAME TO US VIA DICK TAYLOR WHO TOURED THE MUSEUM WITH THE CHRYSLER CLUB. HE MENTIONED “HE STILL HAD HIS ORIGINAL PEDAL CAR FROM HIS CHILDHOOD” AND OFFERED US THE CAR. IT IS DISPLAYED HERE WITH THE ORIGINAL PHOTO OF HIM BEHIND THE WHEEL. ONE OF 7 PEDALS CARS ON DISPLAY HERE


 

SINCE THIS PHOTO, WE REPLACED THIS RARE DOC’D ’66 MERCURY PACE CAR & ’65 ‘R” MODEL SHELBY GT-350 MUSTANG WITH A DOCUMENTED 1966 PAXTON SUPERCHARGED SHELBY GT350 AND OUR ‘PRE-COLLECTABLE’ 2012 FORD BOSS 302 ‘LAGUNA SECA’ RACE CAR SIGNED BY PARNELLI JONES.

         

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TALK ABOUT ‘FLASHBACK’- WE JUST ADDED FOR THE LADIES:  “5 DECADES OF SHOE MEMORIES” DISPLAY WITH SADDLE OXFORDS, PENNY LOAFERS, A PAIR OF ‘BLUE SUEDE SHOES’ EXACTLY LIKE ELVIS WORE FOR HIS APPEARANCE ON ‘THE MILTON BERLE SHOW'(1956), A PAIR OF ‘GO-GO BOOTS’ AND TWO PAIR OF ‘DISCO’ STACKED HEEL SHOES. THAT DISPLAY ALSO HAS A PAIR OF ELVIS GLASSES WE GOT FROM THE PRES. OF THE ELVIS PRESLEY CLUB, MODEL OF ELVIS’S MOM’S CAR , AN ORIG. PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FIRST RELEASE OF ‘LOVE ME TENDER” AT THE MOVIE HOUSES! 

AN ORIGINAL PAIR OF 1940’S MOVIE SEATS. IN ONE SEAT “THE STORY OF CREDIT CARDS DATING BACK TO 1876, AND IN THE OTHER, A WANTED POSTER OF “POPCORN SUTTON”, N.C. MOONSHINER (RECENTLY DECEASED)AND SOME VINTAGE THEATRE POPCORN AND CRACKERJACKS.

REMEMBER HOWARD JOHNSONS (‘HoJo‘?). THEY ARE PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY NOW. ONCE I HEARD THEY WERE DOWN TO 3 RESTAURANTS IN ALL OF AMERICA  (NOW COMPLETELY O-O-B), I STARTED COLLECTING HOJO MEMORABILIA. HERE YOU SEE ORIGINAL PLACEMATS, MENUS, WAITRESS HAIR CLIP, ROOM KEY, MOTEL ROOM NIGHTLIGHT SOAP, MATCHES, COIN PURSE, POSTCARDS AND MAGAZINE ADS FOR “28 FLAVORS” OF ICE CREAM AND THEIR FAMOUS $1.39 CLAM STRIP MEALS

(mmmm mmmm– DELICIOUS)

          

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 [ON LEFT] Just added an original Motorola “Portable TV” …One of the Very First ‘Portables’ from 1950. Next: Great Record Player Collection form the 1800’s ; wax cylinders to 78rpm Shellac Discs to 45rpm Vinyl from 1955. Plus 1940’s End table & Vintage Posters, 1951 Emerson B&W TV with Old-Time Table-Top Bakelite Phone, 50’s TV light, Leather Bank Book, Candy Cigarette’s, Bronze Baby Booties, Glass Household Fuse, Plus; Disney TV Tray w/ Swanson’s & Chung King TV Dinners, 3 original TV Guides, and 50’s ‘Hook Rug’. Great Fun remembering the Old Days!

 


      

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THIS IS THE ‘BACK CORNER’ OF THE MUSEUM FEATURING A GREAT GILBARCO GAS PUMP, AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS BY CARROLL SHELBY, 1950’S ORIGINAL “BOB’S BIG BOY” & ORIGINAL ‘CATS-EYE’ ARIZONA ROUTE 66 HIGHWAY SIGN NEXT TO OUR 1962 “FINNED” CADILLAC. RECENTLY ADDED: ORIGINAL DAVY CROCKETT DISPLAY WITH THE FIRST ‘COONSKIN’ CAP, “OLD BETSY” MUSKET, RARE ‘BLOODY CROCKET’ KNIFE, DAVY WATCH AND ORIG. DISNEY SUEDE JACKET

 

ANOTHER VIEW OF OUR ANTIQUE TEXACO “FILLING STATION” BUILT USING ALL VINTAGE MATERIALS INCLUDING WINDOWS, SCREEN DOOR, PHONES, GABLE, ROOF AND SIDING

 

                                   

 

 

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YOUR’E LOOKING AT AN ORIGINAL LATE 50’S SOAP BOX DERBY CAR AND THE LARGEST ‘BAKELITE’ INSTRUMENT EVER MADE (AN ORIGINAL [WORKING] B&W TV BY ‘ADMIRAL’), ORIGINAL “SQUEEZE COLA” COOLER WITH ORIGINAL ‘TAXI’ MEMORABILIA & VINTAGE TEXACO CHARGE PLATE IMPRINTER  (REMEMBER THOSE?) PLUS, AN ORIGINAL 50’S SCHOOL DESK AND A 100+YR. OLD DESK TWO-PC. SET BY GRAND RAPIDS SCHOOL FURNITURE. ON TOP- AN ART DECO PORTABLE RADIO W/ EARLY VOLTMETER (BACK WHEN YOU FIXED YOUR OWN)

 

 

         

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OUR 1950’S “ROUTE 66” TRADING POST DISPLAY

COMPLETE WITH “RATTLE SNAKES FOR THE FREE SHOW‘ (SEVERAL DECEASED), VINTAGE KIDS COWBOY HAT, AMERICAN INDIAN KEWPIE DOLL, INDIAN TURQUOISE JEWELRY, 1950’S TURQUOISE BOLO TIE, AN ORIGINAL 1940’S ‘CAT CARRIER'(WITH CAT), PHOTO’S, POSTCARDS DIRECT FROM THE ORIGINAL ROUTE 66…EVEN THE RATTLE SNAKE CAGE WITH A 1939 FEATURE STORY OF A GIRL WHO CARRIED A SNAKE FOR PROTECTION HITCHHIKING ~ WE ARE QUITE SURE-SHE DIDN’T MAKE IT.


  

SORRY, YOU MISSED THIS CAR… WE EVENTUALLY  SOLD THE ACTUAL DALE EARNHARDT ‘WRANGLER’ RACE CAR, CHANGED TO ‘GOODWRENCH’ SPONSORSHIP(PIX ABOVE) TO A MUSEUM IN SANTA CRUZ, CA.

    
 

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RECENTLY ADDED VINTAGE CARNIVAL DISPLAY WITH “NIXON HEAD” BALL TOSS GAME FROM COLE BROS. CIRCUS
ORIGINAL ‘BARKERS’ CANE, CARNIVAL POSTER, QUEPIE DOLLS, AND CLOWN TOSS / MILK BOTTLE TOSS GAME






SOLDMOTORSPORTS MAGNATE: DICK MOROSO’S ACTUAL 4-SPEED FUELIE ’57 VETTE- PAST DISPLAY


        

VINTAGE HUBLEY METAL PLANES ~ TWA TRAVEL AGENTS AIRPLANE MODEL W/ MY ORIG. TRANSISTOR RADIO ‘RABBIT EARS ANTENNA, SECRET WWIIMORSE CODWE MACHINE AND VINTAGE PHOTO OF AIRLINE STEWARDESS

 


 

          

ORIGINAL MARX SERVICE STATION W/ N.O.S. MINT MATCHING UNIT IN BOX ~  OUR VINTAGE TOY CAR & TRAILER DISPLAY~ ORIGINAL AUSTIN J-40 PEDAL CAR W/ ‘KIDALLAC‘ PEDAL CAR

        

THE EXTERIOR WALL OF THE GAS STATION W/ MURRAY FIRE TRUCK PEDAL CAR ~ SOME OF THE ‘ H.O. MODELS’ OF PERIOD CORRECT BUILDINGS- THIS ONE IN OUR TRADING POSTS DISPLAY

 

 ~ CLOSEUP OUR ‘TALKING’ MOONSHINER’S BABY WITH 30’S WINCHESTER RIFLE AND ‘REFRESHMENT’ BOTTLES 


 

        

JUST 2 OF OUR FOUR  1/4 MIDGET RACE CARS AND ONE OF 13 FLYING CEILING MOUNTED  BI-PLANES ~ DAD’S “PERSONAL TOY” (MY LOVELY WIFE) W/ MASCOT ‘MARGE’ ~ GERMAN DRIVER’S EDUCATION MICRO CAR MODEL

 


 

                

SOMEONE ASKED ABOUT ANTIQUE & DIECAST TOYS?  THIS IS ONE OF MANY SHOWCASES & DISPLAYS~ THIS ONE OF FOREIGN 1:18 SCALE MODELS & ANOTHER OF ODD MODELS ( PRIMARILY BUS MODELS)

                           

 3 MORE SHOWCASES OF 1:18 SCALE CLASSIC CAR MODELS ~  PLUS A ‘PEEK’ OF OUR GREYHOUND BUS DISPLAY W/ ORIGINAL G.M. PROMO. FILMS ON VIDEO

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Another great 1950’s WORKING Table Top Black & White TV by General Electric. Complete with Vintage Rabbit Ear TV Antenna, TWA Travel Agent Model, Doily and Vintage Programming featuring ;  episodes of “SkyRaiders” , a compilation of 18 Minute- Theatre Serial segments.







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THE 50’S VERSION OF ‘AUTOMATION’: BORDEN’S “ELSIE” THE TALKING COW : A REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER IN HER BACK SHELF AND A MOTORIZED MOUTH GIVING THE ‘DAILY SPECIALS’ ON DAIRY PRODUCTS. FROM THE LOCAL A & P SUPERMARKETS.  COMPLETE WITH MILKMAN’S BOTTLE CARRIER & RESIDENTIAL ‘MILK BOX’S1950’S VERSION OF ‘AUTOMATION’ “ELSIE

 

 

 

       

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ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR DISPLAYS: A COMPLETE TWA STEWARDESS IN FULL UNIFORM INCLUDING ORIGINAL JACKET AND SKIRT BY ‘RALPH LAUREN’, SHOES, TWA STEWARDESS HAT WITH SUPER RARE SERVICE BADGES, RIBBON, DATED TIX AND NAME TAG. SHE EVEN HAS HER TWA MAKEUP BAGS; VINTAGE 1960’S. OUR PILOT IS DRESSED IN A 1960’S EASTERN UNIFORM WITH BOTH EARLY AND LATE EASTERN LOGO’S. HIS FLIGHT BAG IS AN ORIGINAL LEATHER; CIRCA 1950.

 

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VINTAGE HUBLEY TOY FIGHTER PLANE DISPLAY BY,  AND PURCHASED FROM, PAUL J. CONNELLY , FROM THE VILLAGES.

 

HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU SEEN ONE OF THE 453 ORIGINAL 1961 SUPER SPORTS?  ON PERMENANENT DISPLAY HERE.

     

 EVEN MORE GUITARS ADDED ON DISPLAY ; 16 AUTOGRAPHED ELECTRIC GUITARS, WITH MATCHING BACKSTAGE PASSES, OR PHOTO’S ATTACHED SIGNED BY FAMOUS ARTISTS SUCH AS “STEVIE RAY VAUGHN”, “DON HENLEY” (EAGLES), “OZZIE OSBOURNE”, “BON JOVI”, “RON WOOD” (ROLLING STONES), “JEFF BECK”, “AEROSMITH”, “MADONNA”, THE ENTIRE “LALA PALOOZA TOUR 1993”, “CHICAGO”, “MONTGOMERY & GENTRY”, “BILLY RAY CYRUS”, “GEORGE THOROGOOD”,  “GRAHAM NASH” ( CSN&Y) EVEN ; “BROOKE BURKE” FORMALLY W/  ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS” – JUST FOR STARTERS. DRUM HEAD SIGNED BY GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. WE ALSO HAVE A FENDER SIGNED BY ALL THE “PAWN STARS” CAST INCLUDING “CHUM LEE” “THE OLD MAN”, “RICK SR.” & “JR.” & AN ORIG. SUPER RARE 45RPM RECORD OF LED ZEPPLIN’S “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN”  . LATEST ADDITION: MADONNA’S AUTOGRAPHED ‘HOT & STICKY’ TOUR GUITAR AND HER AUTOGRAPHED UNDERPANTS. THAT’S A ROLLING STONE TOUR JACKET WITH BACKSTAGE PASS ATTACHED ON THE LEFT.               

 

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JUST ADDED: ’70’s “GROUPIE”/ ‘FLOWER CHILD’ COMPLETE WITH PINK SUNGLASSES, TIE-DYED DRESS,

VINTAGE ‘PEACE’ PINBACKS, JEWELRY, FRINGED LEATHER VEST / PURSE AND HER PICNIC WINE BASKET  

 

 

      

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THIS EXHIBIT HAS BROUGHT AN ENTHUSIASTIC, SURPRISE RESPONSE FROM EVERYONE TOURING THE MUSEUM  ! THIS GUITAR AND PHOTO IS SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE CAST DIRECT FROM THE HISTORY CHANNEL /CABLE TV PROGRAM “PAWN STARS” INLCLUDING ”THE OLD MAN”, ”CHUMLEE” , ”RICK SR.” AND BOSS HOSS; ”RICK JR.”

 

A GENERAL VIEW ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN THE MUSEUM OF JUST SOME OF THE CARS WE HAVE HAD ON DISPLAY


 

 

        

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 PAST DISPLAY OF OUR 1938 LASALLE ‘CARVED SIDED” DAMASCUS GOTHIC HEARSE BY S & S  COMPLETE W/ PERIOD ‘TOE PINCHER’ COFFIN AND FUNERARY DISPLAY FROM THE LATE THIRTIES.

 TODAY, OUR SUPER RARE 1952 CADILLAC S&S HESS & EISENHARDT “FLORENTINE” FLOWER CAR- ONE OF 9 MADE IN 1952…AND THE ONLY ONE LEFT


 

      

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 1950’S AMBULANCE DRIVER AND NURSE ATTENDANT COMPLETE WITH PERIOD UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT~

EVERY DETAIL FROM PATCHES, BADGES, PERIOD GURNEY, DEFIBRILATOR, IV BOTTLES, STRAIGHT JACKET & STETHOSCOPES. AFTER A 2 YEAR DISPLAY: THE CADDY AMBULANCE WAS RECENTLY SOLD. NOW FEATURED: OUR 1957 FORD ”SUPERIOR OPTIONED” AMBULANCE WITH 9,300 ACTUAL MILES


 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                

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OUR GREYHOUND BUS DISPLAY

A GREAT EDITION TO THE MUSEUM: COMPLETE VINTAGE GREYHOUND BUS DRIVER WITH OFFICIAL GREYHOUND TROUSERS, “IKE” ( STYLE) JACKET WITH ’20 YEAR SERVICE’ PIN, MONOGRAMED SHIRT, COMPANY TIE WITH GREYHOUND BUS TIE BAR, CORRECT HAT, WITH ORIGINAL 50’S GREYHOUND BADGE, PERIOD SPECTACLES AND SHOES. SEE VINTAGE GREYHOUND TOYS AND PORCELAIN “CONTINENTAL TRAILWAYS” SIGN AND POLISHED GREYHOUND SIDE EMBLEM FROM AN ACTUAL 50’S BUS ! WATCH A DVD OF OLD GREYHOUND BUS PROMO FILMS OR, G..M. VINTAGE PROMOTIONAL FILMS TOO!  THE SHOWCARD FEATURES A CARDBOARD STAND-UP BUS FROM THE POMONA CA. GREYHOUND BUS STATION, TIME TABLES, LIFE MAGAZINE ADS, BUS TICKETS, ORIG. PHOTO’S OF PASSENGER’S DEPARTING AND PERIOD LINEN POSTCARDS OF ART DECO BUS STATIONS AND LOCATIONS. THERE’S EVEN A ‘H.O.’ GREYHOUND BUS TERMINEL COMPLETE WITH BUSES, TAXI’S AND PERIOD ALLIGATOR LUGGAGE WITH GREYHOUND TAGS. ON THE RIGHT: A CLOSE-UP PIX OF THE H.O. GREYHOUND BUS STATION WITH (4) 1/43 METAL MODELS.  IT’S A DEJAVU TRIP THROUGH TIME !!!!

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VIEW INSIDE MUSEUM OF SOME OF THE CARS/ TRUCKS, HEARSE NOW WITH 2 AMBULANCES.

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WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND A COMPLETE 40’S TEXACO UNIFORM AND HAT WITH CORRECT PATCHES, COIN CHANGER AND TEXACO SHIRT. REMEMBER WHEN THE BELL RANG, THESE GUYS RAN OUT TO YOUR CAR, WASHED YOUR WINDOW, CLEANED YOUR FLOORMATS , CHECKED YOUR OIL AND PUMPED YOUR GAS?? …ALL FOR 23 CENTS A GALLON !! 

 MY, HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED….

 

 

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PART OF AUTHENTICITY IS HAVING EVERY DETAIL CORRECT DOWN TO REAL- VINTAGE SIGNAGE, RAIN-MASTER ‘WINDSHEILD WIPER REPLACEMENT’ DISPLAY BOX, TEXACO RESTROOM KEYS, VINTAGE OUTDOOR ‘REMOTE’ PHONE, MAP DISPLAY, ORIGINAL FIRE BUCKET (PRE-FIRE EXTINGUISHER W/ ROUND BOTTOM) AND ACTUAL, ORIGINAL VINTAGE (TORN) RAINBO BREAD SCREEN DOOR, AAA NEON….ALL A PART OF OUR 1940’S TEXACO BUILDING DISPLAY.

 

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IF YOU WATCH “STORAGE WARS” ON CABLE TV YOU’VE SEEN THE ‘HOLE IN THE WALL” ANTIQUE STORE IN LOS ANGELES. THIS ‘DUMMY’ WAS PURCHASED THERE IN 1989 FROM “DENNIS’, THE OWNER. IT’S AN ORIGINAL GILMORE RACING GASOLINE 1940’S MANNEQUIN BACKED BY ORIGINAL “SILVER SPRINGS” TOURIST ATTRACTION DISPLAY


 

         

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PARKED NEXT TO OUR 1939 FORD ‘STANDARD’ MODEL WOODIE WAGON: HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE LEATHER LUGGAGE WITH PERIOD TRAVEL STICKERS STILL AFFIXED. COMPLETE WITH 1950’S MAGAZINES AND EVEN AN ORIGINAL AD FOR THE SAMSONITE LUGGAGE ATTACHED. SEE AN ORIGINAL ‘AIR CONDITIONER’ IN STAINLESS STEEL CALLED THE “SWAMP COOLER” AND ORIGINAL DESERT LEATHER RADIATOR WATER BAGS, PERIOD CORRECT LUGGAGE RACK WITH FISHING CREEL, WINCHSTER RIFLE IN SCABBARD, AND GOLF CLUBS.


 

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THIS IS A LIFESIZE,  MANNEQUIN OF JANE MANSFIELD, BUILT TO EXACT  BODY DIMENSIONS, PURCHASED IN 2001 AT THE CARLISLE, PA. CAR MEET…SHE’S STANDING  IN FRONT OF A CHEVELLE NATIONALS TOP POINT WINNER 396/360 HP/ 4SPEED.

 

 

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 ADDED TO OUR DISPLAY: A ‘BEAUTIFUL'(?) 1947 WESTERN FLYER BICYCLE. THIS FORMER NEVADA BIKE EVEN HAS THE HEADLIGHT, MIRROR, TAIL LIGHT REFLECTOR & BASKET

    

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OUR SMALL BLOCK A.C. COBRA- RECENTLY SOLD TO A MUSEUM IN GERMANY AND OUR ERA 427SC COBRA, FRESH BACK FROM ENGINE REBUILD

 

                  

 

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EVER HEARD OF “FUNERARY”? ~ THESE RARE ‘HOT’ COLLECTIBLES ARE NOW  ON DISPLAY INCL. ORIGINAL ‘TOE PINCHER’ 1930-40’S COFFINS (4), 1920’S CHROME EMBALMING MACHINE & FLUID ART DECO BOTTLES, QUACK DOCTOR’S “PAIN KILLER” DEVICE, GLASS EYEBALL COLLECTION, INSANE ASYLUM ‘SHOCK MACHINE’ , ASYLUM HIPODERMIC SYRINGE , VICTORIAN PRE DIEUX, ANTIQUE FUNERAL DIRECTOR /UNDERTAKER SIGNS AND COLLECTION OF ‘HOLY WATER’ BOTTLES ON DISPLAY, PLANTED ON A VINTAGE PORCELAIN HOSPITAL GURNEY

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 ONE MINT ($50,000 RESTORATION ) 1951 CHEVY 3100 PICK-EM-UP- PERFECT  FOR THAT VINTAGE TEXACO GAS STATION

 

        

SHOWCARD WITH VINTAGE PHOTO’S OF TEXACO STATIONS/BROCHURES, MAP GUIDES AND MAGAZINE ADS. SECOND SHOWCARD SHOWING THE DUTIES OF TEXACO GAS STATION ATTENDANTS & ANOTHER FEATURING MARILYN MONROE- ORIG. PHOTOS/ CALENDAR AND THEATRE LOBBY CARD. ( THE HEARSE MENTIONED WAS SOLD TO A S.C. FUNERAL HOME )

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ANOTHER COKE MACHINE- A BUMPER CAR FROM CEDAR POINT, OHIO, DRIVE-IN SPEAKERS, CANVAS ‘DODGEM’ AND RARE PERSONAL PHOTO OF MARILYN MONROE AT THE DRIVE-IN

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RARE CADILLAC McCLAIN “COUPE de FLEUR” FLOWER CAR REPLACED OUR ’56 CADILLAC METEOR AMBULANCE…..NOW REPLACED BY A 1952 CADILLAC S&S FLOWER CAR!

 

   

ANOTHER NEW EDITION: ORIGINAL ART DECO STREET SIGN AND 50’S PORTABLE 45 RPM RECORD PLAYER. RECENTLY UPGRADED: OUR VINTAGE ANTIQUE RECORD PLAYER COLLECTION

 

 

NEW “I LOVE LUCY ” DISPLAY FEATURING 50’S PEDAL CAR & MATCHING TRAILER,  1951 SPARTON TV PLUS ‘UPDATED’ TV PLAYING THE BEST “I LOVE LUCY” EPISODES, 50’S LAMP ON VINTAGE UNIVERSAL ‘WOODCRAFTERS’ SWIVEL TV TABLE WITH 1951 GE TELEPHONE (LIKE ONE USED ON THE SHOW), ORIG. PHOTO’S, LOBBY CARD, 50’S CAR MODELS,  ‘LUCY’ APRON AND MORE

 

‘BOOKENDS’: TWO RARE ULTRA-LOW MILE (AIR-COOLED) PORSCHE SPEEDSTERS (1989 & 1994) -NOW ON DISPLAY

 

Finally: THANKS TO ALL THE CAR CLUBS & INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE ‘TOURED’ OUR MUSEUM  ~SOME OF THEM….. SEVERAL TIMES ~

JUST A FEW OF GREAT FOLKS WHO HAVE PASSED OUR PORTALS

 

   

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SPECIAL VISIT BY DAVID MARTIN FOX 35 AND ‘LIVE’ TV COVERAGE OF THE MUSEUM OF SPEED

 We were lucky enough to have been chosen twice by FOX 35 News and David Martin for a Feature Story on Orlando’s Channel 35 Network TV. Seen here is David in our Gift Shop and Paulo Almeida (the man behind the Camera) next to the new $200,000 Satellite Fox 35 Truck outside the Museum. Thanks FOX 35 TV and “Good Day Orlando” for the great coverage and your efforts !


 

 

 

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Special Visit from Brendon Edgerton / Australia

Thanks to Brendan who stopped by to see us during his 300 Day Journey around the World in search of the rare, Lost Tucker. We were flattered by his efforts to see our Museum as he has covered every single Auto Museum, large and small, from San Francisco/ Seattle to Miami and Chicago in his quest to find and document every single one of the remaining Tucker Automobiles left in existence. Here he is, pictured surfing his specially designed Aussie Commodore (G.M.) “Blues Brothers” Cop Car. Thanks so much for coming to see us…and Good Luck in your Quest~~~!!


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The Classic Irons

THANKS TO SAM METRO (LOWER LEFT) WHO BROUGHT ABOUT 20 CLUB MEMBERS TO SEE THE MUSEUM AND TOUR. HERE ARE SOME OF THE GREAT MEMBERS.


       

        

    

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Leisure Time Corvette Club of The Villages

This Club was such a bunch of “Lead Foots”, I had everything i could do to make them stand still long enough for a photo (hence the blurr). LOL.What a fun group… everyone was such a blast to be with, we hope they come back soon, and STAY Longer! Our parking lot(s) were jammed with Corvettes of every single late vintage (pictured are just some).


 

 

SummerGlen Cruisers

This is some of the happy members of the SummerGlen Cruisers that stopped by the Museum on this beautiful Winter day..

What a nice bunch of folks!


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CENTRAL FLA. CHAPTER OF THE A.A.C.A

11 OF 300+ MEMBERS OF THE  – WITH ‘BENEFACTOR’ LARRY COLE IN BACKGROUND (3RD FROM RIGHT)

 


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THE M.G. CLUB FROM MARYLAND

This group of guys drove all the way from Maryland with their beautiful cars


PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA

The “Spooky Tour”

This fun group came up to spend Halloween in Mount Dora, including a tour at our museum… What a great time we had with them…


 

     

Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club


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