CARS GALORE AT GAYDON!
By: Ann Evans
Photos by: Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography.
If you love cars and all things to do with British motoring history, then a visit to the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire will be the perfect day out for you and your family.
The Heritage Motor Centre (HMC) is home to the world’s largest historic collection of British cars and draws together the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT). The car collection boasts over 300 cars which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras and includes iconic cars such as: Austin 100 HP, Land Rover No1, Morris Minor No1, the first and last Mini, MG old No1, and the Thunderbirds Fab1 car.
There is always something special going on at Gaydon, with exhibitions and shows which even includes toy fairs and the UK Slot Car Festival, and the HMC have just launched a full programme of exciting and unique events for the coming year which can be downloaded from their website, or requested by telephone.
As well as the regular shows such as the Classic & Vintage Commercial Show, Banbury Run, Retro Truck Show and BMW Festival, there are also some great new events for 2015. These include the Gaydon Classic Car Show which takes place on 24 May and will feature motorised vehicles of all ages from cars through to military and emergency services vehicles. The other new event at Gaydon this year is the return of the Land Rover Show which takes place on 27-28 June and will cover all aspects of the world of Land Rovers.
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the HMC said, “We are urging people to get the dates for the shows in their diaries and their vehicles booked in early to avoid disappointment. We’ve got some great deals for Clubs but also welcome individual entries.”
In addition the centre has announced a new lecture and workshop programme including a lecture by the Curator on the story of the Gas Turbine Engine and the Rover BRM from the Heritage Motor Centres collection. Back by popular demand are two Classic Virgin Experience Days on 18 April and 19 September. These hands-on, informative days are aimed at those considering buying a classic car. Participants learn about choosing a car, finance, insurance, club support and the social scene, plus some “hands on” experience to learn about car maintenance as well as the chance to ride in a range of classic cars on country roads.
There are over 30 events to choose from, so to download the HMC 2015 Events Calendar and to find out more information about all the events please visit the website at www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk or telephone 01926 645033 to request a copy.
The Heritage Motor Centre is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm (Closed 24 Dec to 1 Jan inclusive). The Centre is situated in Gaydon, Warwickshire just off junction 12 of the M40.