Anyone here familiar with Le Manoir de l' Automobile museum about 20ks south of Rennes in France an amazing place also the work of one man.
Yes I've been, and The Manoir d l'Automobile place raised an interesting point that hasn't been discussed so far.
I love a good car museum, and I've visited places all over Europe, though almost always with the non-UK ones, on holiday trips with my dear wife Anne in tow. We went to Le Manoir and loved it, partly because it's close to a pleasant small French town in Loheac, and partly because it appeals to people other than car enthusiasts, we spent a few hours in there, and Anne enjoyed the whole experience as much as I did. A few years ago we went to the Schlumpf place in Mulhouse, my number one of all time, and I had to prise her away from it after 6 hours, though that included lunch in their excellent restaurant, and only last month we were at the Louwman Museum near The Hague in the Netherlands. We arrived at 11am, and only left when they started closing the place at 5pm, so six hours. I didn't have time to see the last two halls at all, and we agreed that we could have done with another hour or two, so we plan to return. The reason that neither of these places sowed even a trace of marital discord is that they've made a conscious attempt to appeal to non-dedicated people, audio tours that tell of past owners and similar topics, intelligently written descriptive placards etc. Anne is very far from being a car devotee, but she was presented with plenty to hold her attention in all the places I've mentioned. The Wheatcroft Museum on the other hand has never made any attempt at this, not really a criticism, as I can't immediately suggest ways in which they could, but while the place in its prime was heaven to people like us, it had effectively distanced itself from about half of the World's population. Kevin's Military vehicles would have lessened it's appeal even further. As the place was largely an expensive hobby for Tom, I doubt if this was something that would have bothered him too much, but I'm sure that it would have been possible to do things that might have helped to overcome this very obvious deficiency and widen the appeal of the place. With Tom no longer around, maybe even that wouldn't have helped very much though, upon inheriting the place, Kevin should at least made attempts to build on its car fan attractions and widen the appeal.