The popular KwaZulu-Natal South Coast town of Port Shepstone has yet another tourist attraction. A motor museum has opened its doors and it is the first of its kind in the province.
The Munster Motor Museum has revved-up enthusiasm in vintage cars. It boasts an impressive collection that date back to 1933.
The eye-catching vehicles include Lotus Elans, Bentleys, Jaguars and Ferraris. It also has a student training centre, a library and a lecture hall.
It is the brainchild of the Munster family whose passion for cars date back to 1867.
“There’s a lot to see and learn about, besides the displays of motor cars, engines and all the various items on display. I’ve got behind me a library with a lot of books in it and I’m going to do monthly lectures and I particularly want school children especially the black school children, to learn about cars and motors. I always say to a child in Zulu wena lusa lo nkomo mi,a lusa lo motor. I want to teach them something about the motors,” said the founder of the museum , Rob Kinsey .
The museum was also endorsed by former Chief Designer and now consultant to Ferrari, Rory Byrne. Bryne’s Ferrari designs won 99 Grand Prix, 7 constructors’ titles and 7 drivers’ titles.
He is said to be the third most successful F1 designer of all time.
“The museum I find is a fascinating collection not only of cars but you have a tractor that’s probably 70 years old that has been fully restored, you’ve got all sorts of memorabilia engines, gearboxes, apart from the cars motorcycles and wonderful photos,” said Former Ferrari Designer, Rory Byrne.
The museum is expected to boost tourism figures.
“It adds that extra added value and but I think we have a lot of motor enthusiasts around the country, South Africans are known for it as well and here’s where you can get your kick so to speak,” said Kay Robertson of Ugu Tourism.