Posted: June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

IMG_2986Last Saturday (June 30), work had me travelling. An early departure time from Boston was required if I was to make it to the Kennebunk area of Maine for my business and back in time to work on a report I was writing for a client. While heading to the Kennebunk area, I had the pleasure of stumbling upon the Wells Antique Auto Museum – just driving by it with no time to think about stopping in. My business in the area finished early, so I decided to turn back and check the museum out prior leaving town. The Museum looked closed and the parking lot was empty when I arrived. I decided to peek through the windows and see what was inside – I couldn’t see much. Sure enough, someone was inside and came to the door. “We will be opening up in 15 minutes, this is the first day we are open [this year]”. I figured that this was the right time to go grab some coffee.

I returned a few minutes later to find the place had gained about a half dozen visitors. I decided to head in and check the place out and ask if they happen to have a spare three-brush powerhouse generator they would part with (you never know). They didn’t. I spent about 20 minutes around the car collection fighting my caffeinated brain’s consistent reminders of the 10+ hours of work I needed to do before Monday. Even with this distraction, I really liked the 1920 Templar Touring Car.

My time to look at the cars was limited (that whole working weekend thing) but as I get talkative once I am caffeinated (COFFEEE GOOOD!!!), I got talking to the two gentlemen running the museum (one named Len Parker and the other whose name currently eludes me. Regardless, I was told that the museum will be open this year only for the weekends of June 22/23, July 20/21 and August 17/18. They also told me that the museum’s collection was shrinking. By this time, there were a couple of dozen people in the museum. All had smiling faces. Some were drooling dangerously close to a beautiful 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. Then a few folks walk in wearing Seal Cove Auto Museum shirts.

Let’s go back two years to the week after I purchased my Phaeton. At that time I found myself in Bar Harbor with time to explore. Seal Cove Auto Museum was one of the highlights from that trip – not to take away from cycling up Cadillac Mountain a few times and all the natural beauty of Acadia National Park. Seal Cove has “Tinkering Tuesdays” where crews of car guys focus their expertise on specific vehicles and fix/tune/maintain the cars. It was great. I had no car experience and a bunch of experts allowed me to help play with an old 1914 Ford that they were getting running. Back then, Seal Cove was looking for an executive director (or something like that) and I was not yet gainfully self-employed. I was tempted to apply but my “plans for the future” at that time wouldn’t accommodate a move to Maine.IMG_2984

Ok, back to last Saturday. The folks that walked in included David White and Barbara Fox who sit on the Board of Directors of Seal Cover Auto Museum. I had to say hello to them as well (COFFEE STILL GOOOD!!!) and talk cars/museums. After we spoke, the crowd had again more than doubled. Wells Antique Auto Museum was filling up… and exponentially.

By the time I made it into the parking lot to leave the crowed doubled YET AGAIN. The parking lot itself became a car museum. There were nearly 12 classics out in the lot including two cars being given the “once over” by even more guest. My coffee buzz was still going, but my 1.5 hour drive to Boston and backload of work needed to be addressed. It would have been nice if my Phaeton could have joined for this trip… perhaps next time.
If you haven’t checked out either of these museums, you should.

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