This past weekend the Larz Anderson Auto Museum held it’s annual British Car Day, one of the top three best attended events during the summer. Each year the Brookline, Massachusetts-based museum holds over two dozen lawn events on its scenic grounds, with German, British and Italian Car Days being the most popular events. Last week Kamil and I browsed the field during the museum’s German car day, finding a good candidate for the Hooniverse Mobile Headquarters in the form of a Mercedes-Benz bus that formerly transported the Swiss hockey team before being converted to a rather swank motorhome. But our finances were tight that day so we settled for a couple matchbox cars and a 1:43 Renault 5 Turbo Rallye RACE car.
This past Sunday the Larz Anderson museum opened its gates in the most cordial, gentlemanly manner to sporting and unsporting British Motor Cars alike, under a merciless sun and 38 degree centigrade temperatures. No Motor Cars ended up overheating to the best of my knowledge, but some small dogs were seemingly stricken ill with bouts of Coma. The selection of Motor Cars was very eclectic, with everything from MGs to Aston Martins to Jaguars in attendance. In addition, there were a number of Jag-you-ares on the field, and a Jag-wire or two.
The 1997 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Mulliner Park Ward Motor Car above caught my eye, attracting quite a bit of attention from the crowds. Putting aside for the moment the question of just who would order a vermillion over white Rolls-Royce in 1997, this machine oozed quality, and not hydraulic fluids, which is always a plus when it comes to these cars. The weight of the doors alone and the materials used seemed like it would make the doors bullet-resistant even before any actually armor was added. And this is effectively one of the last Silver Spurs built before the debut of the Arnage and the, uhh…Silver Fang? Silver Spoon? Silver Seraph? Anyhow, let’s take a look a what
didn’t break down on the way to the show turned up this year, along with a mystery car at the bottom. Winner gets a jar of original Lucas electric wiring smoke, hermetically preserved since 1983.