If you are spending a weekend at the picturesque village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape, you are probably planning to lavish on wine, great food, vineyards and more wine. But there is more to this French Huguenots town than renowned cuisine and award-winning wine estates, if you don’t know this yet, there is an awesome place to pop in for an hour or two that will left you gasping and snapping away to Instagram it! And that is the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
Just 10 minutes away on the outskirt of Franschhoek central, Franschhoek Motor Museum is located in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins wine estate.
From what I’ve known about this museum, is that it is a private collection that spans 130 years and has been put together by three generations of the Rupert family, one of the richest families in South Africa. Couldn’t imagine how it is like to open your garage door(s) and view these incredible vehicles everyday.
The eye-opening collection includes more than 100 years of motoring history in four huge barns. The collection exceeds over 300 vehicles, ranging from the vintage 1800′s right up to some of the fastest super-cars in the world; 1903 Ford, 1935 Rolls Royce, 2002 Ferrari…you name it. But actually it is most likely you will set your eyes on couple of cars that you have never seen in your life before. However, only 80 cars can be displayed at any given time, and is rotated every six months. But you can check on their website to see what cars are currently on display in the exhibition halls.
I am not going too much into details in writing as the cars displayed there are beyond words, each one with its own history and pedigree. And the way the museum’s manner to preserve the cars in pristine condition are truly artful. It is wonderful to see this kind of museum in this country.
Too bad I didn’t have my DSLR with as this is a perfect opportunity to take some beautiful pictures. So really…just visit, look and wow yourself. (And bring your good camera with).
Official website for the FMM.