British Motor Museums

29th February 2020


“The Great British Car Journey” new motor museum at Ambergate in Derbyshire will not be opening. Due to illness and other factors the project has been abandoned.

Entries are now invited for the Festival of the Unexceptional on Saturday 25th July. This year the event will take place at Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire. Eligible cars must be registered between 1966 and 1996. Each year this event has grown in popularity. Last year’s wiiner was a Marina Estate.Registration can be made to

Another new venue is for Land Rover Legends which will be held at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire on 6th and 7th June. It will share the circuit with the Thruxton Historic Race Meeting also taking place that weekend. Prodrive are linking with Rallyday and Colin McRae’s father will be driving the last Impreza 555 in which Colin won. Land Rovers will be helping with that event with recovery and shuttle services. For tickets and more information

The 58th National Austin 7 Rally will be held on Sunday 5th July at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire. This year’s special theme is ‘Coach built and Fabric-bodied Austin Sevens’ and many fascinating examples will be on display. In 2019, adventurer Chris Blakey set off in his Austin 7 on an 8,000 mile drive across Russia to reach Tokyo. He made it there in one piece and Chris will be the Guest of Honour presenting prizes to the class winners. The National Rally is organised by the 750 Motor Club and the event is open to all Austin 7 owners regardless of whether or not they are 750 Club members. Entries must be logged with the organiser Vauxhall Heritage for the first time are putting some of its collection on permanent public display at the Stockwood Discovery Centre which is a mile away from the Heritage Centre at Park Street, Luton. The display will highlight Vauxhall’s 115 year history in Britain.

After his 27 year association with Lakeland Motor Museum in Cumbria Edwin Maher is retiring. As Managing Director he oversaw the move from Holker Hall to its purpose built premises in Backbarrow in 2010. Edwin saw the collection grow from modest numbers to one of the leading heritage motor museums. Attracting some 80,000 visitors a year the museum prides itself on hosting car club events. Last year Lakeland celebrated its 40th Anniversary and was named “Britain’s best Classic Destination” by Practical Classics magazine.


Chris Blakey setting oiff for Tokyo in his Austin 7
2019 Festival of the Unexceptional
Edwin Maher of Lakeland Motor Museum

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