Aladdin’s Cave – A Future Club Visit

The expression “Aladdin’s Cave” is a much used metaphor to describe a hoard of treasure.

Earlier this week George Frame introduced me to a magnificent collection that truly merits this description.
I will not mention its location for security reasons but I will give a brief description of some of the highlights as George is making arrangements for a Club visit sometime next year.

Most of the collection is presently in store so what I saw was only the tip of the iceberg.
Melvin Thomas, who owns the collection, is in the process of setting it out as an organised display.

Mr Thomas spent his working life in the fairground business and has a fine collection of antique fairground displays including twelve (yes twelve) Austin J40 pedal cars, all in mint condition. However, there is a lot more to see and at this point my powers of description become somewhat overwhelmed on account of the diversity and scale of the collection.

Most items are transport related but there are lots of curios and it is great fun trying to guess their original purpose.
I have listed the items that caught my eye below but I must emphasise that these are only a fraction of what there is to see:

  • Pedal car models of Rolls Royces, MGs and Bentleys which that could honestly be described as works of art and are far too nice to allow any child near them.
  • An absolutely mint Austin 7 from the twenties.
  • An Isetta bubble car. This car has only 5000 miles on the clock and was purchased for £300.00 from the original owner over 40 years ago.
  • A showman’s caravan. This has been restored to original condition.
  • A huge collection of car mascots from long lost marques.

It may be some time until a visit can be arranged – I urge you not to miss this when it becomes available.

The attached photographs may give an impression of what there is to see.

Ronnie Johnston

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