Open below site Re, the parting out next month of many early FORDS from the the HARTOG MUSEUM in Holland.
They "want to make the museum younger"? What the hell do they thing a museum is? I guess you have to play to your audience but I always thought that a museum should provide a link to the past. I suppose the good news is that some of these cars will finally get back out on the road in the hands of people who will use them.
When my wife and I visited the Schlumpf Museum in Mulhouse,
her reaction was 'no-one needs this many Bugattis.' (there are 123 of them, mostly Type 57)
I think something similar may apply here. And it could mean that another 10 Model Ts are actually used, rather than just sitting around.
"Parting out of early Fords from Worlds biggest collection"
You scared me there, Bob. I guess it's another example of our two countries' being separated by a common language. I take it that in Aussie English "parting out" means that the cars are being separated from the collection. Here in the US, "parting out" means that the cars would be disassembled and the parts sold separately. Same words, quite a different meaning.
Well maybe it can be a good thing by letting more individuals have the enjoyment of owning, driving, showing and maintaining and early car. If the museums had all the old cars there would be none for us to enjoy.
This brings up a point I have always felt about museum cars. How many of those cars were donated to the museum by some family. Even private museum collections get free donated cars. I see museums selling cars all the time. Lots of families see a donation of the car to a museum as a way to keep there Dads or Grandad's, or ??? legacy alive and preserved. Very far from the fact. They may keep the cars for awhile, but if not on active display, they usually over time are sold off. Even museums do not last, and go out of business, then everything is sold. I am not a fan of donating to a museum, make them pay for it. Then the family at least got something. The best choice, in my opinion, is to keep the car in the family if they are interested in the "legacy" of the car and owners. But that is not always practical. Legal and family disputes, and other reasons come into play. My second choice would be selling the car's to some collector who appreciates the history of the car, and will be a good owner to pass it on. Ill add one more rant and then go away, Here in Clinton Ark during the 70s and early 80s. there was a lady who had a very large museum. It was made up of lots of local items. Almost all of the local items were donated by local families. She ran the museum well for several years. A very nice place. Then in the late 80s when she was reaching retirement age and did not want to run the place anymore, she had a auction and sold everything. The families tried to get the items back before the auction, but since they had no contracts stating they still owned the items and were just on display, the court ruled the lady owned everything and could sell it. Now almost all our local history type of items are gone. Most museums I have dealt with will not take items unless they have control of the item.... Ill go away now ...
G'Day Mike --Thanks for the correction on the PARTING OUT terminology.
As i or probable most of the OS viewers have never really heard of this USA term till joining the forum site I thought i would use this wording as most viewers would be from the USA side.
If i had had use an AUSTRALIAN version of english like QUITTING i felt the would have been a bigger confusion.
'' BLESS US ALL''
was a recent article about this;
Thank you Bob T for passing along this information! Although I have never been to that part of the world, and likely will never have an opportunity to see that museum, I have heard and read of it many times. Even if it does not affect us directly, some of us do like to keep up on the hobby news and changes.
Differences in common language not withstanding. And no offense intended toward anyone.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2