An old dream of Professor Géza Kaáli Nagy, the founder of the Kaáli Institutes, came true. Over the past few years, he has created Hungary’s largest and most diverse vehicle collection.
Nowhere in the world are there as many Hungarian-made motorcycles under one roof as here in Dörgicse. Méray 1000, WM Csepels, SHB, BM, Mátra, Tour Csepels, Tünde, Panni, Berva, Danuvia, and all of the Pannonia models, including the P12 model manufactured in 1975, and such curiosities as the Pannonia MC62 or the Danuvia DMC125. Moreover, famous motorcycles such as the 100-year-old Henderson DeLuxe and the Indian PowerPlus are on display. One of the highlights is the BSA Empire Star (1936) in its original form, just like the one with which our Nobel Prize-winning scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi rode around the half of Europe. There are also several iconic motors on display: To name a few, Zündapp KS600, NSU 601 TS, Matchless J Sport, Moto Guzzi Falcone Sport, Triumph Ricardo, Scott Super Squirrel, Imperia Model H, Norton Model 18, Ariel, Red Hunter, BMW R51/3. Professor Kaáli also brought home the Harley-Davidson FXRX Low Rider (1987) motorcycle purchased in the USA, which has been barely used. Prominent representatives of motorcycles manufactured in the former socialist countries also strengthen the collection. The exhibition features motorcycles of the family that the professor’s father owned. Of course, in many places, in addition to the vehicle, an archive family photo can also be seen on the wall.
The collection of automobiles is also unique in Hungary. There are several vehicles of which there is only one in the country. In the central place, the 106-year-old F.N. Model 1950s is displayed. Other highlights: MG TC (1949), Fiat Special F3 (1952), Lea-Francis 14 HP (1953), Alvis TC 108/G Graber-Willowbrook (1955), Borgward Isabella Coupe (1960), Iso Lelle (1971). World-famous models stand here next to each other such as the Ford Model T, Plymouth 30U, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Bentley Continental R, Aston Martin V8, BMW 502 (“the Baroque Angel”), Cadillac 62, Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, Porsche 356B, Ford Mustang, Volvo P1800S, Jaguar E-type, Maserati Merak, Ferrari 208 GT4, Morgan 4/4, Willys M38, Chevrolet 3100, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Volkswagen Transporter “Samba”, and the list goes on and on. An American “fast food restaurant” has also been set up, the so-called Diner with an authentic jukebox, a Coca-Cola vending machine, iconic furniture, and, of course, contemporary cars are parking in front of it.
All vehicles are in running order and can be seen in the original or renewed, restored condition. Hungarian and foreign experts helped select the cars and gathered the appropriate background information when purchasing the vehicles. Automotive historian Dr. Pál Négyesi compiled the vehicle data plates. The museum’s motorcycles and cars can be seen in matching rooms, beautiful lighting, and they are surrounded with authentic decorative and additional elements in their full glory. The restorer Péter Nagy left his mark upon everything.
The collection of 130 pieces has so far been open only to friends of Professor Kaáli. However, since September 2020, veteran vehicle enthusiasts and other interested parties can see the exhibition in the form of a group visit. Attila R. Nagy manages the organization of this.