The numbers alone on the Brumos Collection are impressive, starting with a collection of cars numbering in the 60s, two-thirds of which are on display at any one time. These cars occupy over 35,000 square feet of display space and include Brumos’ legacy of racing and collecting Porsches stretching back to the ’50s and coming forward into the present day. All of this combined, somehow, still doesn’t prepare you for the reality of the collection.
Guided by signs displaying the iconic red and blue stripes and Brumos logos, you turn onto the meticulously manicured grounds. Anticipation builds as you are greeted by three vintage Porsches crouched under a flagpole flying Old Glory. Another prominent Brumos sign on a distinctive red brick building announces you have arrived. Quickly you gain a feel for the collection as a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder and a replica of the 1930 “Blue Train” Bentley greet you outside the entrance to the museum itself.
Stepping inside, the first car on display, occupying a space of honor in the lobby isn’t the anticipated historic Porsche racer or ultra-rare classic, rather, it is perhaps one of the most plebian collector cars of all, a black Ford Model T Tourer. For just a moment, it appears out of place until you understand what it represents. It goes back to a moment in time when Henry Ford assembled Model Ts in Jacksonville, home of The Brumos Collection. The combination of the building’s architectural details, the interior design and detail, the industrial style windows and skylights, all transport one back to another era in Ford, as well as automotive and Jacksonville, history. The Model T is joined in the lobby by a huge digital screen and a hallway leading back to conference rooms, offices, restrooms and other ancillary spaces.