British Motor Museums

23rd September 2021

GREAT BRITISH CAR JOURNEY

After four years in the making, the UK’s newest visitor attraction Great British Car Journey has opened its doors.

More than 130 vehicles now fill a former wire works factory on the banks of the River Derwent in Ambergate, Derbyshire.

Richard Usher, together with four private investors, set about amassing one of the largest privately owned collections of British designed and manufactured cars in the country.

Starting with the Austin Seven in 1922, the Great British Car Journey chronicles car design and production in the UK through to the modern-day McLaren 650S, which has been lent to the attraction by the supercar manufacturer.

The collection of almost 150 cars has been brought together over the last four years. One of the most difficult cars to find for the exhibition was a Vauxhall Chevette. Only a handful of Chevettes in roadworthy condition are thought to exist in the world today, despite around half a million being sold in Britain between 1975 and 1984.

And the cars aren’t purely for looking at; more than 30 of them can be driven.For an authentic, hands-on trip down Memory Lane 32 cars, including the Maestro that started it all, are available to drive on a private road as part of the Drive Dad’s Car experience.

Entry to Great British Car Journey costs just £15 for adults (concessions are available). Tickets for Great British Car Journey and the Drive Dad’s Car experience can be booked online at www.greatbritishcarjourney.com and at www.drivedadscar.com.

Derwent Works, Ambergate, Derbyshire DE56 2HE. Website – www.greatbritishcarjourney.com and www.drivedadscar.com

23.09.21

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