I was fortunate enough to have family members even more into cars than I am, and they in turn did me solid to tell me about the wonderful treasure in SW Florida that is The Revs Institute. Let’s be clear from the start of this, this is one man’s collection. Not a facility sponsored by the industry or manufacturer/marque, no this is one man’s personal collection that have been personally curated (hate that word btw) over a lifetime. Aside from both my hatred of the word “curated”, and my simultaneous hypocrisy for using it the focus should be on how quality, and how “must see” this collection really is if you have even the slightest interest in the development of both American and European sports cars. In my all travels date I have not experienced a better quality more complete product or more helpful docents than this facility. Full disclosure: I have not yet visited the newly renovated Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles or America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. Still I have to think The Revs Institute would give a both a run for their money. I know I would be shouted out of any car enthusiast room for evening whispering such blasphemy as SoCal has been labeled the spiritual if not physical capital of all things gearhead. My Midwest upbringing, and now East Coast residing self has always been conflicted as to how California’s been anointed with the title when many other places in the US have made and continue to make large contributions to the automotive world, but at the same time it’s also hard to dispute the incredible history, and ongoing activity as well as culture there that keeps California and SoCal at the forefront of the hobby.
I feel that I’ll be writing a separate article sometime soon discussing the important historical contributions made in the other regions of the country, and current state of car culture in those locations. For now, California retains its unofficial title, but you’d be hard pressed to not add SW Florida for museums after touring this incredible facility.