Classic cars worth millions of
dollars and ranging back to the end of the 19th century can now be seen by
visitors to West Bay at the newly opened Cayman Motor Museum.
Premier McKeeva Bush was at the
official opening of the museum on North West Point Road, beside Boatswain’s
Beach and opposite the Cracked Conch restaurant on Saturday.
The museum is the realisation of a vision by
businessman Andreas Ugland to have a local showroom to share his large
collection of exotic, rare, and classic motorcars and motorbikes.
Mr. Ugland said: “Before assembling
our collection in Cayman our motorcars were scattered throughout the world with
many of them in England, Canada, and my home country of Norway.
“My wife, Natalie, and I conceived
the notion of bringing them all to Cayman for the people of these islands, and
our visitors, to enjoy.
“Ten years ago, we acquired the
land for the museum and began moving forward with our designs and working with
government to secure planning approvals.
“We were all set to break ground in
2004 when Hurricane Ivan paid us an unexpected visit, and we were forced to put
our plans on hold.
“About three years ago, we revived
the project and began the process of cataloguing the collection, starting
construction, and, more recently, packaging and transporting the cars to Grand
“Finally, after more than a decade,
it truly is a pleasure to share these motorcars and motorbikes with all who
might appreciate their significance —and magnificence.”
On display are 80 vehicles which
collectively provide an historical tour of motoring throughout the world beginning
with the very first automobile ever produced, an 1886 Benz.
An exact model of the first vehicle
ever to be driven in the Cayman Islands — a 1905 Cadillac —has a place of
special prominence in the museum.
Of special interest is the ultimate
crime-fighting vehicle, the original Batmobile that Batman and Robin drove around
Gotham City in the 1960s television show. An exact replica of the Batcycle is
also on display.
Moviegoers will recognize the 1929
Yellow Rolls-Royce that appeared in the movie of the same name, and royal watchers
will be attracted to the 1956 Daimler DK400, Queen Elizabeth II’s first
Racing and speed aficionados will
marvel at the sleek Ferraris – nearly a dozen classics, all in mint condition –
Maseratis, Corvettes, and Jaguars.
Magnificent Rolls-Royces, including
a 1930 Phantom and Bentleys (including Sir Elton John’s 1963 classic) abound,
beckoning viewers back to an era of meticulous craftsmanship and unsurpassed
Visitors will enjoy a special
journey into Cayman’s cultural past through a collection of magnificent
paintings, specially commissioned photographs, and local artefacts on display
throughout the museum.
An exhibit of a vintage diner has
also been incorporated into the main showroom.
A gift shop offers unique auto
memorabilia and souvenirs to the general public. The Cayman Motor Museum will
be available for private functions and special events.
Mr. Bush thanked Mr. Ugland for
investing so much time and money to create such a special collection which he
believes is unique to the Caribbean.
Mr. Bush also added that he hopes
the museum will give a welcome boost to the economy in West Bay.
The Cayman Motor Museum is open to
the public: 9am-5pm. Monday-Saturday. Adults CI$15; children (under 12)
CI$7.50; toddlers (under 5) are free. On Saturdays, resident adults CI$10; children