Wheels of Yesteryear Museum ... April 12, 2010

While in Myrtle Beach in 2010, Marcia found an ad for the Wheels of Yesteryear Car and Truck Museum in a brochure we got at the hotel.  It was opened in the fall of 2009 and features the car collection of Paul Cummings.  Paul, his wife and two daughters run it.

We met Paul on our visit.  He greets people as they come in and loves to chat about his cars and cars in general.  He told us that he grew up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina.  The wood used in this building came from the farm.

You enter the museum through the gift shop where there is a 1970 Plymouth Super Bird on display.  After paying a modest admission, you enter a small room where there is a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere with a 426 CID Wedge motor, a 1971 (ish) Plymouth Barracuda and a 1963 Chevy Bel Air.

From here you enter the main room of the museum where there are over 40 vehicles on display.  The walls of the entire facility are covered with posters, vintage license plates and all kinds of automotive memorabilia and there is music from the 50's, 60's and 70's playing.

Using this slideshow ... click the "stop" button to put it in manual control. That will pause the show. While paused, you can click the left or right arrow buttons to manually go through the slideshow, either backward or forward. Clicking the "play" button will put it back in automatic mode where pictures will advance about every nine seconds.

As the owner of a 1970 Dodge Challenger back in the day, I was especially enthralled because he had five Challengers on display, all 70's!  They even have what they claim is the actual 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona from the movie "The Adventures of Joe Dirt", starring David Spade, on display.

Before returning to the gift shop, you go through the final room where there are five cars: a Dodge Super Bee, a Dodge Dart GTS, a 1964 Chevy Chevelle, a Plymouth Road Runner and a 1957 Chevy Corvette.

We enjoyed our visit and highly recommend that if you are in the Myrtle Beach area, you should stop in.  Even if you're not a "car guy" there is a lot of other nostalgia to enjoy.  They are located just off Highway 501, just west of the Route 31 exchange.  Their website is www.wheelsofyesteryearmb.com.

Shortly after returning from this trip and creating this webpage, I wrote to the Cummings through the contact form on their website.  A couple of months later, on June 23, I got this response:  "Due to a glitch in our website mail, we have just recently read your comments and checked out your link and writeup about our museum.  Thank you so much for the positive comments, and your slide show is awesome!  We did not realize that there were 5 challengers there until you pointed it out.  We used the cars that were easiest to get to when setting up.  Hope you will visit again when you are in the area.  We will change out some cars this winter and have a few different ones by next spring.  Thanks again!  Paul and Carol Cummings"


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