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Owl’s Head Transportation Museum

by rfinprc

MINI owners (at least the ones you’re likely to meet at MOT) are suckers for interesting forms of transportation. We like cars. And probably motorcycles and airplanes too. One of the best collections of all three – along with carriages and bicycles – is at The Owl’s Head Transportation Museum in Maine.

If you’re heading to Acadia to catch the sunrise leg of MOT2004, try to plan a detour on the way up and pay a visit to this fabulous museum, where in their words, they’re “Celebrating Transportation History.” You can take in their collection of airplanes, like a 1916 Sopwith Pup, the first airplane to land on a moving ship, or a Stearman Biplane, the leading American flight trainer in WWII. There’s even a replica of the Wright Flyer.

If ground transportation is more your interest, check out the motorcycle and bicycle collection, like the Whizzer Sportsman, the Ingo Bike, and, of course, some Harleys and Indians. Then there are the cars. Although you wont find any Minis in the collection, there’s plenty of automobilia to catch your interest, starting with an 1885 Benz. You might even be lucky enough to catch a free ride in a Model T Ford – museum staff and volunteers offer rides in a few of the autos.

Hmmm, I wonder if bartering a ride in the MINI will better your chances of taking a tour in an older classic?

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