Some time ago I had a note from our Virginia warehouse. They wanted to put a car in the lunch room, and would this be okay. Having over the years known more than one car enthusiast who kept a car in his living room, I wasn’t immediately opposed. Besides, the cafeteria in the building was built to hold hundreds of employees. Our warehousing operations require considerably less people, so there is room to spare.
The VA crew were insistent, so we ultimately relented. It couldn’t hurt to have a couple cars to look at. Besides, who knows, maybe somebody would want to park something really cool in the space. Some months later a photo of the lunch room arrived in my in box. I was immediately on the phone with our facility manager, Mark Wilson. “That’s not just a couple cars, it’s a museum! Get some rope around those things before some kid smears his ice cream all over the seats.”
Once permission was granted, Mark hooked up with his first requester. It just happened to be a certain Mr. Fred Skomp, owner of the 100,000th MGA. The MGA was the first sports car ever to reach a production of 100,000 units. It’s a milestone, and we are honored to be allowed to display the car. But Mark wasn’t done yet. In fact, he was just warming up.
Since moving to Virginia, we’ve had an excellent relationship with Bruce Woodson of Mercer & Woodson Auto. Bruce has access to a few nice cars. Perhaps we would be interested in displaying a couple MGA Sebring race cars which are under his care. Uh, yeah. Then another call comes in from Mark, something about a car named Cherry Blossom, and we suddenly have a gorgeous, freshly restored 1948 MG TC in the group.
To be fair, no one set out to assemble a museum, and the lack of any examples from TR, AH, Mini, etc., is purely a matter of chance, not design. We hope over time, to be afforded the opportunity to present other interesting or significant examples of little British cars. None of the owners owe us anything, so don’t be surprised if the lineup grows or shrinks, but if you’re thinking of visiting our Virginia warehouse, there’s a little something extra to look at while you’re there. Here’s how the collection looked in September.