I visited this amazing collection of memorabilia 2 weeks ago with a coach party of classic car fans on tour with Euroff Ltd, a small company specialising in taking enthusiasts to European motor museum and classic car shows. After parking the coach near the too small carpark, we passed a pen full of poultry including a couple of vociferous turkeys, a tram in need of TLC, a sort of dilapidated tank and other bits of automobilia. Inside we were greeted by the bearded Hubert Reichart, son of the original collector. He promised us a couple of surprises at the end of our visit. It happened to be a cold day and so the ambient temperature tended to determine the length of our visit (about 90 minutes), though given the right conditions quite a few members of the group would have gladly stayed longer. In the cellar, which contained a number of French cars, the star of which was a racing Amilcar, it was almost too cold to appreciate what was there. Elsewhere every bit of space was filled with almost every household article made or used in the last 100 years. There was even a Rolls Royce that was, supposedly, first owned by Queen Mary. It was just a shame that so few of these cars, fire engines, motorbikes etc were unlikely to take to the road again. The only one that looked if it was used at all was an 'Adenauer' Mercedes (not black, but white) that was probably used for weddings. All the others looked house-bound. An amazing collection none the less, but, as one reviewer has already pointed out, scarcely any descriptions of the thousands of items or vehicles meticulously collected by Hubert's parents during the past 45 years.
His surprise at the end of our visit, which caused peals of laughter from some of our group, was a clip from a W.C.Fields film involving a hilarious car chase. This was preceded by Hubert giving a brief recital on his pianola - his pedalling produced a hardly recognisable rendering of 'Deutschland uber alles' followed, appropriately and deferentially, by 'God save the Queen'! He played us out with a far more musical tune on a barrel organ strategically placed by the exit. This was an amazing place - an old water mill, with a working generator in the freezing cellar. Well worth a visit and good value for money.
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