Kangasala is a town with a population of about 17,000 in western Finland, 20 km from Tampere, in an area of spectacular scenery commemorated in the poem ‘Summer Day in Kangasala’ written in 1853 by Zacharias Topelius.
The Vehoniemen Automuseo occupies a spectacular hilltop site and includes an observation tower from which visitors can enjoy the view of the Roine and Längelmävesi lakes. The collection of 50 vehicles includes a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost of 1921, a Model-T Ford and a Trabant Limousine of 1977. The displays illustrate the history of motor transport generally and pay particular attention to motor cars built in Finland. The museum is the location for many events, particularly for gatherings of bikers. The shop prides itself in being one of Europe’s best sources of model cars. Providing rare Soviet-made models is a speciality.
A second motor car museum in the town is called Mobilia. It was opened in 1986, and its collection includes a George Richard car made in France in 1898, a Mercedes-Benz Waxemberger, and many cars made in the Soviet bloc before 1990. The museum has strong links with motor sport, and with enthusiasts who collect particular marques, and has an ambitious programme to record the memories of such road users as caravan owners and taxi drivers.