Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Samplings From the Lane Motor Museum at Keeneland

The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville is one of the truly original places dedicated to automotive history. It features not only the cars you would expect to see in such a setting but also a number of unique vehicles that founder and director Jeff Lane has amassed over the years. Lane is a mainstay at regional concours events (a couple examples were on display recently at Ault Park). This year's Keeneland Concours d'Elegance sported a special display of some of the cars from this fabulous museum including the very unique 1928 Legeay L'Eclair which was hand built by Jean Legeay around an Indian V-Twin motorcycle engine.
Other vehicles that Lane brought to Keeneland included this 1959 Devin Renault Special which was displayed at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, a 1967 NSU Motorenwerke AGWankel Spider which was the first rotary engine production car, a 1967 Toyota Sports 800 which was the Japanese firm's first sports car and was powered by an air-cooled horizontally opposed two cylinder engine, a 1934 Aero 30 Convertible which had a 998 cubic centimeter engine producing 28 horse power and driving the front wheels which was unheard of at the time, a 1965 MatraSports Djet 5 which was the first mid engine production car, a 1953 Rovin D4 which had a 462 cc two-stroke engine that powered all of 13 horse power, a 1950 Martin Stationette which has an all wooden monocoque  which lacks axles, shocks and a drive shaft, and a 1994 Hobbycar B612 which is a mid-engine jet-drive amphibian vehicle.

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