DAYTON, Ohio — Every car has a story and the volunteers at the British Transportation Museum are great storytellers. Home to more than 60 British vehicles, the Dayton museum is like no other in the country.
“It originally started with 4 MG car club guys,” said president Peter Stroble. “They were just going to do an MG car museum and I think they had a few beers and decided to go bigger and decided to go transportation museum.”
The museum is an all-volunteer 513 C Educational Charity with a mission to preserve British cars and educate the public about them.
“We all have a like-minded passion for these little beasts,” said Stroble. “The mechanics of them are interesting, the Brits seem to do things a little different than what we Americans are expecting.”
Stroble is an Army veteran. His fascination with British automobiles was kicked into gear while stationed in Germany. Now he spends his days among the museum's other volunteers fixing up cars and pointing out historical germs.
“We have a 1926 Austin Twenty, there is only 11 in existence and we have the only 1 in America,” said Stroble. “We also have a 1936 Daimler limousine,. That car was in the actual coronation procession of King George IV."
The museum is always looking to grow its volunteer base, and Stroble is hoping to attract some younger members.
“We are all aging out, unfortunately,” said Stroble. “We would like for some younger folks to get involved and carry forward in their lives the history and culture that we are trying to preserve.”
The British Transportation Museum is open on Saturdays and Mondays. There is no cost for entry, but donations are appreciated.