Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wheels and Wings

Owls Head, a small town located just a few miles south of Rockland, museum logoMaine, is home to the Owls Head Light and also to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, a collection of over 200 restored DSCN6799antique cars, planes, bicycles, carriages, and motorcycles. Some of these vehicles date to the early 1800's and all are operational. The displays are presented In a open and very spacious environment that resembles an airline hanger. The design lets you move around without feeling confined in tight spaces. The museum is very well lit, which is good for available light photos, but also creates glare issues from highly polished vehicles. 
DSCN6881 DSCN6730  The Owls Head Transportation Museum was founded in 1974 and DSCN6783 encompasses over 100,000 square feet for exhibitions. What makes the Owls Head museum so unique compared to other transportation museums is that all the vehicles on display really run. Many are used on exhibition days during the summer months.
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There are motorcycles – many early Harley Davidsons.
cycle collage
The Duesenberg (nicknamed "Duesy") was an American luxury automobile built entirely by hand around 1913.
dusenberg collage And who can resist the appeal of a Rolls Royce – or maybe two?.
DSCN6875If you thought the MG only came in small sizes, check out these MGs.
MG Collage  Some examples of working cars.
work cars collage  Some very colorful cars . . .
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A favorite aircraft is the 1917 Fokker Dr. I Tri-plane. The same type of plane that Manfred Von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, flew in World War I. There’s also a full-scale replica of the Kitty Hawk, the flyer that the Wright Brothers flew for the first  successful manned flight  in North Carolina in 1903.
planes (9) planes (3) plane collage
This was our second transportation museum stop in Maine after touring the Cole Transportation Museum in Bangor. Both museums are well worth the trip if you visit Maine. (And both offer free admission to those under 18 years old.)


Elaine said...

Looks like a great museum and one Marty will really like. Thanks for the warning, Beatrice, but I won't hide this post. I'll even bookmark the museum, and then when we go to Maine I can steer us there. You'd be amazed at how going through a car museum cuts down on the complaints when I want to visit another garden, or want to take a little detour to photograph an old barn, or other things that Marty doesn't particularly care that much about. It's a win/win situation for me as I enjoy the car museums too. Good thing, because we've been through a lot of them!

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, I know someone who would LOVE this museum. :) Actually, we both enjoy museums so it would be a great trip for both of us.

Montanagirl said...

That's a good look at some great "vintage" modes of transportation. Very nice series of photos and thanks for sharing.

grammie g said...

Hi Folks...I think I will keep this on under my hat...I know some peoples husbands who would like that visit!!
What fun to see how things have evolved over the years..."we have come a long way baby" ; }

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hey Elaine, I even picked up a brochure on this museum and a couple of others so Marty can get a head start on planning your Maine trip :-) You would find lots of good photos ops too.

Lois, maybe you and your honey you can coordinate a trip with Marty and Elaine!

Thanks Mona - appreciate the compliment :-)

Ginnie, feel free to share this post with your friends and yes it was really fascinating to see just how many different types of autos were made in the early 1900s - many I had never even heard of before.

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