With a rumble of engines, the cars descended on North Hills Museum earlier today. Not just any cars, these were classic and antique from across western Nova Scotia. As you approached the museum, the sight of a row of cars from the 1920s lined across the front of the property was very impressive. When you actually got to take a look around, the you realized that site was filled with cars from the turn of the twentieth century through to the 1970s. I must admit that I find the concept of cars that I remember from my youth being considered classic a bit disarming, but such is life.
Perhaps the most impressive vehicle of the day was the 1902/03 Oldsmobile Curved Dash. This open top vehicle is almost more horse drawn buggy than automobile. Its one cylinder engine drives a chain which powers a car in a similar manner to how a motorcycle moves. Rather than a steering wheel, the driver has a stick to turn left and right. This car is a wonderful example of the transition from horse to horsepower.
Thanks to the owners of these cars for sharing them with us and to the staff at North Hills Museum for pulling the event together. We look forward to welcoming the cars again next year.
All for now,