British Motor Museums

18th November 2020

NEWS ITEMS Nov. 2020


All motor museums remain closed but it is worth logging on to any of interest as a number have virtual tours or a good display of pictures and information. Grants that have been made recently under the Govt. scheme include the Black Country Living Museum and London Transport Museum. So here’s a pic to cheer you up which was taken when I was doing my share in compiling the Burke & Price Guide to British Motor Museums. Taken at Oxford Bus Museum, which is run entirely by volunteers.


Following a tragic coach accident in 2012 there has been a campaign to ban tyres over 10 years old on vehicles. The Government have issued consultation on proposed legislation. It is a complex matter so if your club is a member of the FBHVC they provide a good summary of proposals.


A name from the past is returning. A modern Berkeley Bandit, a lightweight, high performance sports car will be available in April 2021. Known for its clever design and innovative engineering, the original Berkeley cars were a great success, both as enjoyable road cars but also for competitive road racing.

The pioneering Berkeley SA322 was the first composite production car, which was driven by Sir Stirling Moss at Goodwood in September 1956. Berkeley Caravans had entered the car market and the small engined cars were popular. They were about to merge with Bond Cars to develop the range but the deal fell through and the company closed.

The Berkeley Bandit was the last car to be produced by Berkeley and only 2 cars were ever launched to market. Now, Martin Rees and Simon Scleater are keen to continue the spirit of the brand but add a modern twist underpinned by sustainable technology.

Located in the very same Old Warden aerodrome facility where the Berkeley story first began, the new Berkeley Coachworks team will use innovative technology to shape the face of the current e-mobility market. 020 3816 0291


Philip Bashall has announced that he has decided to retire and that his parts and servicing business, Dunsfold Landrovers Ltd (DLR), will close with immediate effect. Announcing his decision to retire, Philip said "For many years my ambition has been to commit more of my time to the Dunsfold Collection, which was founded by my late father, Brian, in 1968. The Collection is a registered charity and operates completely independently of DLR, and I'm looking forward to being able to spend more time on Collection activities."

“Deciding to close DLR has been a very difficult decision to make, and I'd like to thank everyone for their custom and support over the years. I would also like to thank my staff for their contribution and loyalty over many years". Contact details: 01483 200567


The Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Little Car Company today announce an official partnership, following the highly successful launch of The Little Car Company’s limited edition Bugatti Baby II. Founded in 1929 and with over 2000 members, The Bugatti Owners’ Club, based at Prescott Hill Climb in the UK, is the oldest club for the marque in the world.

The Little Car Company’s Bugatti Baby II is an authentic modern-day remastering of the original Bugatti Baby - not only significant in preserving the history of the Bugatti marque, but also inspiring a new generation of young Bugatti enthusiasts, a shared common purpose between The Little Car Company and the Bugatti Owners’ Club.

The original Bugatti Baby was first created in 1926, when Ettore and his son Jean decided to build a 50% scale version of the Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son, Roland, for his fourth birthday. However, what had intended to be a one-off car, had received such positive feedback from customers visiting Molsheim, that Bugatti decided to place the Baby into production - making 500 units between 1927 and 1936. Now, fans of the marque have a chance to own a piece of history with the Bugatti Baby II.

Indeed, the Baby II’s handling was refined at the Prescott Speed Hill Climb course, home of the Bugatti Owners Club, a video of which can be seen here:


Oxfrod Bus Museum
Berkeley Bandit
Bugatti Baby 2

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