- Jonny Smith's Flux Capacitor

Car Chronicles 3: Bubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble

Bubblecars, the smallest cars of them all. What's it like to travel in one? And another record breaking car.

Boston, Lincolnshire. Known for a very tall church and for having a namesake in Massachusetts. And probably lesser known for being home to the Bubblecar Museum.

The Bubblecar museum is nestled among Lincolnshire countryside (and fields) and is therefore in a very rural area. It's one of those places which if you are unaware that it exists, you probably won't find it. I don't live far away from the museum itself and managed to get lost on the way there.

When you do arrive, the building looks like an industrial shed rather than a well-kept museum and it is located on a caravan park - that's right, classic cars parked among caravans. Upon entering the building you walk straight into a tea room (not convincing you here, am I) but once you get to the actual cars it's very exciting indeed.

Now, this is probably the time to confess that I know nothing about Bubblecars, I went to the museum because it's near my house and a particular car interested me, but I know very little on the subject so there are few pictures and even fewer in depth descriptions. What I do know about, however, is Jonny Smith's Flux Capacitor.

This car was designed to break the record for the world's fastest street legal EV (which it did), to set blisteringly quick quarter mile times and had 800 bhp (100x more than the Enfield Electric on which it is based).

I spent around 10 minutes absorbing every detail of this car as it really is quite special to me and can be considered a pioneer when it comes to hot-rodding EVs. At the museum besides it was a Bond Bug which I also find an excellent car to look at.

First time in a Classic Car

BMW Isetta

BMW Isetta

At the museum, I also had the opportunity to go out in a classic car - a BMW Isetta, before this point the oldest car I had been in was from 2001 (not very old at all), so this was a real experience.

The interior of this particular example included beautiful tartan seats - which were incredibly comfortable. The interior is dominated by a large steering wheel and there is no dash area to speak of due to the front of the car also being the door.

The BMW motorbike engine is placed directly behind the occupants of the car and makes an excellent racket (although trying to have a conversation is almost impossible). On some pretty atrociously kept rural back lanes the car felt solid (at least I didn't feel scared of its flimsiness in the event of a crash) and the ride wasn't too bad - more plush than some cars I've been in. On a couple of occasions during the 15 minute journey the engine did cut out (but where's the fun in a fully functioning classic) but overall the experience was brilliant.

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