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Visit to Cloverlands Model Car Museum

 We visited this model car museum at Llanfair Caereinion, just outside Welshpool on a trip organised by ShACC. Rain was forecast so we forsook using the Birkin which is not much fun in the wet. In fact, the only rain waa a short period just when we were about to have our picnic. Sod’s law.
The museum is well worth a visit and will be a delight to model collectors. Perhaps the only downside is that there are so many cars you feel a bit overwhelmed. Also, there was such a good turnout that the quite small museum was fairly crowded.
There was a sad story of a man who kept his toys and the boxes in perfect condition but his mother made him get rid of the boxes as they were in her way and then made him give the cars to his little brother who ill-treated them. However, there was a good ending.
I was interested to learn that Corgy started in 1956, and were notable for having windows in the models. They also made a number of other inovations. Their introduction was a bit late to interest me but I can remember thinking of them as a brash new kid on the block.
The original Cloverlands collection was built up over a sixty year period, by a motoring enthusiast and model maker Miss Gillian Rogers. She drove a Singer Le Mans for forty years to racing events in Europe and also attended meetings at Brooklands and Goodwood. She was also a motoring writer and self-published a delightful personal motoring history entitled 'Driving Through the Decades”. Sadly, she passed away in December 2021, and did not see her unique legacy moved to Llanfair Caereinion.


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