This is a lifetime’s collection by one lady, Miss Rogers, of Trefnanny near Welshpool. She has collected and assembled a piece of motoring par excellence, since her father gave her two model cars for a birthday present, as a young girl
Marques include Bugatti, Bentley, Mercedes and Rolls-Royce cars together with Grand Prix and World Land Speed Record breakers, buses, trams and vans of every description. Two superstar models - over three feet long – reign over their lesser subjects. One is a Singer Le Mans – a replica of a car, Miss Rogers owned and drove for forty years until 1998.. The second, Madame Cloette, was probably the forerunner of Brum – a feisty car hero of children’s TV in the Nineties.
More than just model cars – Cloverlands is a sublime piece of motoring social history, lovingly compiled by an early motoriste. Miss Rogers not only collected, but built and commissioned, models large and small. She visited Le Mans and the German Nurburgring and was a member of the Veteran Sports Car Club for many years.
She displayed her cars, both real and models, across Southern England, raising hundreds of pounds for animal charities, before moving to Llansantffraid in 1990.There she opened a modest model museum. In 1990 Cloette appeared at the Welshpool Festival of Transport, and the current custodians will take her to the combined Festival/Air Show on 14th June – her silver anniversary no less.
Sadly Cloette was stolen before Christmas 1998 and was the subject of a police search, both in England and France, a ransom note and private investigator involvement, before happily being reunited with her owner. She was a bit battered butwas soon restored to her former glory.
The Museum (Charity No. 1113442) is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, 10.15 to 12.45, Saturday afternoons 2.15 to 4.45, public holidays and for parties by arrangement, including schools. See www.montgomeryinstitute.co.uk for opening times. Admission is £3 for adults; children 75p…under 5s free.
The Custodians are now seeking volunteers for the museum. Can you help develop this fascinating attraction for Montgomery? One shift per month of 2½ hours. There are full instructions and you do not have to be a car expert....there is plenty of help.
If so please contact the Custodians – Bruce Lawson (01686 668004), Roy Marthews(07961 979389) or John Nunn at Brooklyn Kennels (01938 580346). Do tell all your friends and relations visiting, not to miss this stunning display. It is hoped to develop an annual pass for repeat families/visitors local to Montgomery