the last two days, we started today with an activity – a visit to the
Nethercutt Museum and San Sylmar Collection.
In the latter a most unbelievable collection of “functional fine art” is
housed on 3 floors of an opulently decorated building in the most
un-prepossessing of neighbourhoods. The Grand Salon, for example, has an
ornate ceiling, edged with 24carat gold, and from which hang 15 large
crystal chandeliers. The wall-to-wall sculpted carpet with embossed patterns
is custom designed, whilst elsewhere the other flooring is marble, as are
the towering columns.
The 50 cars on display there are outstanding examples of some of the world’s
greatest classics. They are complemented by an amazing collection of
ephemera, mascots, radiator caps etc. Further enhancements include a
mind-blowing collection of Hummel figures, David Minter cottages (did they
really make so many?), Norman Rockwell figurines, dolls, furniture…and much,
The ensemble of mechanical instruments is also one of the finest and, to cap
it all, in fine working order. There is a reproducing grand piano, a Welke
Saohon Cottage Orchestrion, a 1923 Popper Gladiator, a Wurlitzer that has
5000 pipes and is the 2nd largest theatre organ in the world, and the list
could go on and on…
In summary a visit much enjoyed by all, although NO FLASH PHOTOS proved to
be a challenge to 2 ladies who had not mastered the latest camera technology
– whoops…oh my!..How did that happen?…..Sorry!
Across the road there is also the new (2000) main Nethercutt Motor Museum
with 200 vehicles.
Our drive to Fullerton was only 86 miles through delightful green hills. Our
first taste of even hotter weather prompted the discarding of more layers of
clothing…is there really going to be a heat wave?
Garrett and Harmeet Capune hosted the MMM (Morgan Memorabilia Madness)
evening with Morgan’s on the lawn (seemingly a privilege for the European
cars) together with the Southern California Club. Another amazing MOG
collection!! 2000 items of models, posters, books, badges, paintings,
sculptures, and pedal cars. and so on. How did he source this truly eclectic
A delicious southwestern cuisine with plenty of suitable liquid refreshment
ended another busy and enjoyable day. And so back to the Fullerton Marriott.