2015 Southern Sojourn travel blog

Today's route

Thatched lampshade for street lights along I75

Giant cross on I75

"The Kiss" at Sarasota Bay Front Park

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

I'm riding in the Fred Flintstone car at the Sarasota Classic Car...

Replica of Abraham Lincoln Hearse built on the History Channel's Museum Men

A real Austin Mini Cooper S owned by Paul McCartney

Do you believe this is a Harley-Davidson?

Fiat 850 Spyder - Sue & I owned a blue one in...

Jaguar E-Type - Sue's room mate in college had one like the...

1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comets - Unrestored and restored

"Size Matters" Chevy Spartan heavy duty truck

Covington Tiburons - Coupe & Roadster


Shelby Mustang Cobra Jet logo

Back to the Future with the DeLorean

1948 Mercury customized by Chuck Barris

Early "peep" machines for getting your thrills - only 5 cents

Edison Dictaphone and wax recording cylinders

The largest MG I've ever seen

Unusual hood ornament on a 50's MG TF

Unusual views of a Packard 12

Ferrari disc breaks

Some sail boats on Sarasota Bay

Sunset on Sarasota Bay

Another look at sunset

We moved north today to the Sarasota Sunny South RV Park just outside Sarasota. It a small park with a combination of mobile homes and RV sites. It appears to be well kept and the manager went out of his way to direct us to things to do and places to eat in the area. We happened to get a site where the seasonal occupant had to leave for a while. We'll be here two days.

We appear to be getting the Florida version of what the rest of the East Coast is getting. Today was windy and cool. The low tonight will be in the low 40's and the NWS actually issued Wind Chill Warnings. Tomorrow night there's a Freeze Warning. Winnie is rocking and we've got the heat on. At least there's no snow.

After checking in we went to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum reported to be the second oldest in the country. What is the oldest you might ask - the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. The oldest in the world is at Mercedes in Stuttgart, Germany. The Sarasota Museum was nice, but there was nothing really spectacular among the 80 cars displayed. There is a Classic Car sales showroom attached to the museum. There was a fully restored 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet (see unrestored/restored picture) that was selling for $390,000. These are the only two that were ever built. These cars were built by a couple of guys who hoped to build the first post-WWII American sports car. Frank Kurtis and Paul Omohundro had planned wide-scale production of their car based on a 114-inch wheelbase Ford chassis using a 1946 Mercury flathead V-8. They hammered the first body out of aluminum and planned on taking molds off the body so they could pop out identical fiberglass bodies, but Ford decided not to supply production chassis and the project died. Another true sports car didn't appear on the scene until the Corvette was introduced in 1953. Kurtis built the Kurtis Sport Car that would later grow in size and evolve into the production Muntz Jet. Omohundro never entered the car business, and instead became a successful producer of composite materials.

Tomorrow we plan to go to the Ringling Museum of Art. Stay tuned.

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