Vermont is home to a number of unusual and offbeat destinations and experiences.
The latest addition to the landscape comes from Vermont car collector Paul Zlotoff. Recently, I joined a group of local gearheads for a private tour and came away purchasing another round of lottery tickets and DIY building plans. Of course, izzabout the cars, but the building deserves special mention:
... In addition to the 8,000 square feet for displaying his vehicles, there is 3,000 square feet containing full repair shop with two vehicle lifts as well as a social room for entertaining. Wanting to maintain the focus on the cars, Smith Buckley Architects kept the design simple for the structural steel building. Inside: clear, polished radiantly heated concrete slab; plenty of windows, especially in the clerestory in order to provide ventilation and ample natural light; exposed roof structure, with LED lighting running in parallel lines with the bar joists. Outside: matching corrugated metal panels for both roof and siding with a splash of blue and orange, an ode to classic Gulf racing colors.
Inside, Italian cars abound flanked by Swedish, British, Japanese and German rides. A couple of Ferrari GT4s, a spectacular low mileage 512BB, a killer two-tone bronze Maserati Bora, Alfa Romeo GTV, two Series One Jaguar E-types, a coveted BMW 3.0CS with stick (of course), two Nissan 200SXs, two Mercedes SL600s, a Renault Alpine A110, a lovely Volvo P1800 wagon, Porsche 928 and an abundance of bikes. My personal favorite? A pristine Austin Healey BJ6 with the rare center shift (Paul, don't restore this time-warp original—please!).
Paul's other interests include a museum honoring his family's collection of tools and related artifacts, also in South Hero VT, and the very successful M1 Concours motorsports club located in the heart of Motor City.
Many thanks to Paul for sharing his enthusiasm and contributing to the local car scene with grace, pace and space. Well done, Sir!