The 1905 Cadillac is a classic automobile that demands attention. This was certainly the case when it arrived in Grand Cayman, the first car to ever set wheels on Cayman Islands’ soil.
Carrol Henderson brought it to these shores, and it was a noisy, topless vehicle that he tried around George Town when it first arrived. People had seen it landed from the Schooner “Hennings” and then test-driven, so it didn’t cause much commotion in its first hours. On the next day, however, Henderson decided to travel further afield, and so headed toward West Bay where residents were unaware that such a machine existed.
It was the dry time of year, and so he wrapped himself in a white sheet to protect his garments from the dust. The resulting combination of sights, sounds and smells as he arrived in the district was enough to send people almost into a panic. The cloud of dust revealing a large, loud mechanical monster and a driver cloaked in white was certainly not something they witnessed every day.
Once the cloud cleared and people saw that it was just Carrol, there was much relief that swept through the crowd and they began to admire the vehicle he was driving. It was something new and exciting to behold, and everyone wanted to see it.
The thrill of seeing such a magnificent car hasn’t died, and luckily anyone can enjoy the experience, thanks to the Cayman Motor Museum. Housing a superb collection of automobiles, the museum has many models from days gone by, including a 1905 Cadillac. On Saturday, 28 July, you can be Henderson for a day by having your picture taken in this iconic car. Come in your finest clothes, take a seat, and smile for the cameras. You’re in a Cadillac baby; it doesn’t get any better than that.
The Cayman Motor Museum is open from 9am to 2pm. Call 947-7741 or see their web site at www.caymanmotormuseum.com
The cloud of dust revealing a large, loud mechanical monster and a driver cloaked in white was certainly not something they witnessed every day.