Vehicles, Trucks and Car Museums

Everyone knows that when you head out on the highway, you need to be organised. If you are going to be driving a used truck, get to know the vehicle before you start out – a few practice runs could be helpful.  Learn the basics before you set off, so take a look at the log book and make sure you have a copy of the trucks’ manual. Take an emergency kit with you, and that needs to include quite a few things, such as a battery powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, water, non-perishable edibles, something to drink, maps or satellite navigation system, tire repair kit and flares. Quite a big emergency kit, but the weather can change quickly, and being prepared makes a big difference to your confidence levels if you get stuck on route!

If you are into trucks and trucking, there are an amazing number of vehicle museums to see. Here are just a few of them that are well worth a visit.

Heritage Motor Centre UK

This is a very classy venue in Gaydon, Warwickshire in England.  There is a collection of about 300 vehicles, and they cover a wide range of British made cars and working trucks from all decades since vehicles took to the road. See brands such as Morgan, or sleek examples of Jaguar cars, right the way through to Ford trucks. There are many fascinating historic cars and the centre often puts on special events. Currently there is an art exhibition,  displaying 40 original paintings and posters from Shell. The exhibition runs until 27th January 2013. The Centre has loads to see and do, interactive rooms, cars to try out – and lots of driving memorobilia.

The Black Hawk Museum USA

With four galleries and over 70,000 square feet of exhibition space, The Black Hawk Museum is a great Automative Reference Library and Museum. You can find it, southeast of San Francisco in Danville, California.  The galleries displays show unique one-off vehicles which are artistically and technically significant,  together with vintage trucks and commercial vehicles.

At the C. Grier Beam Truck Museum, you’ll fall in love with the astonishingly beautiful trucks that have survived the decades.  The museum is in its 30th year and and was founded by the Carolina Freight Carriers. It’s based in an original gas pump station – where Carolina Freight first began its business empire. They have trucks on display from the last 70 years and they are things of beauty. It’s incredibly exciting to see these magnificent pieces of machinery, designed with such care and made to last.     

The Heidrick Ag History Center USA

This centre has been developed to educate and enhance people’s knowledge and appreciation of everything to do with agriculture and the farming transportation. There are antique trucks and tractors and original mechanical farming equipment. The key galleries, are dedicated to the Fred C. Heidrick Antique Ag Collection, and the Hays Antique Truck Museum. The museum and history centre can be found at 1962 Hays Lane, in Woodland, California, USA  05776

And if you cannot get to California, and are feeling in need of some trucking action, The Monster Truck spectacular is coming to the UK, in early 2013, and will be held at the Santa Pod, in Northamptonshire.