Where we were staying at Peski’s just out of Geraldine, was an easy 4k’s ride in to the town.
Geraldine has a fabulous Car, Truck and Tractor Museum along with washing machines, old cinema projectors and anything of note. Its an amazing place.
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We set off on our bikes to ride to the museum and spent an hour or so having a good look around.
Fiona’s great aunty Jeannie’s old 1948 Morris is in the museum so we were keen to check it out as Fiona had travelled in it often as a small girl. Legend has it that Jeannie drained the radiator water every night and refilled it with hot water in the morning saying “it started so much better. Anyway, Anti Freeze will rot the engine”! And there it is tucked in the corner.
We moved on to two other buildings where we found an old Gypsy styled Motorhome built on a 1926 International chassis by John Britten when he was in his early 20’s.
Between 1972 to 1975, John purchased the old 1926 International Truck Chassis and set to turning it into a Motorhome for his travels around the South Island.
Everything is hand made. All the woodwork and engineering including the Califont for heating the water was all made by John.
On the sides, there are two hinged wooden doors as windows. There is even some stained glass on the back. It really is stunning given he ws so young and I guess it is no surprise that he went on to do great things with motorbikes and come up with the Britten race bike.
A great find and there is a lot more to see here. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.