Dads and cars go together like peanut butter and jelly; cheese and crackers; Brad and Angelina!
I remember my father’s many cars over the years, including a 1972 Pontiac Grandville that got about six miles to the gallon and in which we could have comfortably resided if the house had burned to the ground.
The Cayman Motor Museum is therefore the perfect place to take dad this Saturday, 16 June, where cars from many decades reside – all shiny and gleaming. It is a smorgasbord for the eyes and guaranteed to inspire nostalgia in fathers everywhere on the eve of Father’s Day.
The featured car this month is the 1973 Excalibur Phaeton III, a cream behemoth that harkens back to the days when petrol was inexpensive enough to run such a beast. Generally acknowledged as the oldest and largest manufacturer of upscale limited production automobiles in the United States, Excalibur Automobile Corporation of Milwaukee produced more than 3,400 handcrafted Phaeton, Touring, Roadster, Limited Edition and Grand Limousine units.
On a napkin
Excalibur founder Brook Stevens began with an idea sketched on a napkin of a 1927 Mercedes Benz with Studebaker Avanti components on a Daytona chassis. Back in those days Studebaker imported Mercedes Benz into the US. The design got a positive response, and so Excalibur Auto premiered the “Mercebaker” at the 1964 New York Auto Show eight weeks later; an exceptionally fast turnaround time from design to production.
The engine on this particular model at the museum is a Corvette 7.4 litre V8 and the entire vehicle is certainly a head turner. Your father can take a seat in this legendary car and have a photo taken for a nominal fee, which will be placed in a souvenir surround.
There is a discounted entrance fee for locals, and anyone who comes by this Saturday and enters the draw is eligible to win a lifetime membership to the Cayman Motor Museum. It is a nice prize, as a person could spend hours salivating over the automobiles, motorcycles, antique coffee grinders, memorabilia and artwork to be found throughout the facility.
So for those of you stuck with what to do for dad this Father’s Day, take him to the Cayman Motor Museum on the Saturday so he can do something he really enjoys: spend time with his children surrounded by fine cars. You can’t put a price on great memories.
The Cayman Motor Museum is located on Northwest Point Road in West Bay and is open 9am to 5pm.
It is a smorgasbord for the eyes and guaranteed to inpsire nostalgia in fathers everywhere on the eve of Father’s Day.