Mr. Bill Mallalieu offers a fascinating trip into the world of vintage cars. The beauties in his collection include a Humber, ... More
Mallalieu Motor Collection
Mr. Bill Mallalieu offers a fascinating trip into the world of vintage cars. The beauties in his collection include a Humber, a Triumph, a Bentley and a Daimler. The collection is located at Pavilion Court, one of several historic buildings which housed the British garrison stationed in Barbados in the 18th and 19th centuries. Each year in February the cars take a ride out of their protective enclosure to greet the world at the Holetown Festival. Call for information on opening hours.
For automotive enthusiasts or just generally car-crazy people, the Mallalieu Motor Collection is a necessary stop when visiting Barbados.
The collection features mostly British cars, as one would expect of a collection in a former British colony. However, there are non-British cars in the collection, including a pre-WWII Chevrolet Master sedan, a Citroen Traction Avant 15CV, and a military Jeep.
The old British cars, however, range from regular cars like the Morris Oxford, Hillman Imp and Ford Escort (the examples of the last two being ex-rally cars) to a very rare Lanchester and the only surviving Caribbean version of the Daimler State Limousine. The cars range in size from the Mini-based Wolseley Hornet to the huge Bentley Mk VI and the aforementioned Daimler Limousine. They don't have a Cobra there, but they do have an Allard P1, a British saloon car with a Ford flathead V-8, and a Rover P6 3500, with a Buick-designed, Rover-built aluminium V-8.
The only compliant I have is one shared with Mr. Mallalieu: the building is too small and it is hard to get good all-encompassing views of the cars. However, I was grateful to see these cars at all, and it is a bargain to do so at a price of B$10 (just over US$5).
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