The Peter Black collection of historic cars was started (when he had slipped a disc and sought a hobby while incapacitated) in 1959, with the restoration of a 1922 40/50 hp Rolls-Royce, found in a Scarborough orchard and bought for £30, was developed by Mr Black’s sons and was opened last year to the public, as the Yorkshire Car Collection.
It owns over 200 veteran to classic vehicles, exhibiting 70 of then in the Keighley Musuem and 30 at the Hornsea Pottery. changing them annually. They range from an 1898 Benz to a special collection of American cars, which are honestly described as “coming from the tin-and-chrome era which stands as a monument to brash vulgarity”. There are more than 24 of these cars, believed to be the largest group in the UK, although here there is competition from the Haynes Motor Museum in Yeovil, etc.
These USA monsters number Chryslers, Cadillacs, Ford Mustangs, Buicks, Pontiacs, and Chevrolets, the latest added after a long search, being a 1951 Hudson Commodore 8, found in California. The Collection is open at week-ends and daily until October 31; admission £3 per adult, children and OAPs £2. The Museum entered its 1895 Peugeot vis-a-vis and its 1902 MMC rear-entrance tonneau for this year’s Veteran Car Brighton Run.