British Motor Museums
British Motor Museums
MUSEUM NEWS AND EVENTS.
Earlier this month the Duke of Sussex and Lewis Hamilton officially opened the new Silverstone Experience museum. The opening concluded seven years of hard work converting a WW2 RAF Hangar into the state of the art facility that now exists.
Aided by a £9.1 million National Lottery grant the Experience hopes to kindle young people into engineering careers. Many Formula One cars are included in the displays.
A hands on Tech Lab created great interest from a party of schoolchildren who were present at the opening.
The Duke, accompanied by six times F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, is pictured examining a classic racing car.
JIM CLARK MUSEUM
Opened in July 2019 following a £1.6million partnership project – the museum welcomed 13,000 visitors in its first six months as well as securing its first award, notably from the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards.
The new museum has now been awarded the prestigious 5-Star Museum grading – the first museum in the Scottish Borders to receive this accolade and one of only nine 5-Star visitor attractions in the region.
For the start of the season, the museum is hosting a new exhibition, Clark on Canvas. This evocative exhibition of artworks depicts 1960s motor racing, when Jim Clark was the dominant driver. The artwork has been loaned to the museum by the Guild of Motoring Artists, an international group dedicated to automotive art. Visitors will be able to purchase paintings from the exhibition, which runs to 30 November 2020. Live Borders Charity operates the museum.
An excited 7 year old Lewis Muckett, from East Lothian. Is pictured in one of Jim Clark’s Lotus racing cars at the museum. (© Phil Wilkinson.)
BICESTER SUN DAY SCRAMBLE
Bicester Heritage next Scramble which was 26th April. has now been postponed to 21st June. Discounted passes are now available via their website. For the first time, the Scramble will now include an Autojumble Classic Trader Village in Hangar 113.
RECORD BREAKING TR2 COMES TO GAYDON
A legend of the British motorcar industry, the Triumph TR2 prototype, is the newest acquisition at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon.
This unique, record-breaking Triumph TR2 prototype sports car has been acquired by the British Motor Museum with £250,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).
One of just three prototypes of the extremely successful 1953 Triumph TR2 model produced by the Standard Motor Company (SMC), it is the only one known to survive. In May 1953, during speed trials at Jabbeke in Belgium, this car?reached a speed of almost 125 miles per hour, setting a record for a two-litre road car at that time. The publicity from the achievement led to the renaissance of the Triumph marque and the start of the long and successful line of TR sports cars.
The TR2 will be displayed at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. Occasionally, there will be a chance to see the Triumph in motion.
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