By Ann Evans

If motors are your thing, the British Motor Museum has two great events coming up that you won’t want to miss.


On Sunday 6th August the popular Classic Van and Pick Up Show returns for its 4th year.  The show, which is dedicated to light commercial vehicles including pick-ups, ice-cream vans, campers, taxi’s, hearses and police cars, will also incorporate the 11th year of the Transit Van Clubs annual Rally which takes place on the 5th and 6th August.


Around 400 vehicles including those from The Transit Van Club, The Post Office Vehicle Club, the Morris J Type Register and the Morris Commercial Club are expected to take part. All classic light commercial vehicles including custom street vans are welcome.

This year sees the 60th Anniversary of the introduction of the Ford 400E in 1957 and the event is hoped to have in excess of 35 Ford 400E’s. All 400E’s, no matter what their condition are welcome, even vehicles having to be brought on trailers. For further information on the 400E event please contact Nick Searson via email at


The Transit Van Club Rally will take place over the weekend and is an opportunity for the club members to get together. The weekend will feature a seminar about the Ford Transit on the Saturday with a full vehicle display on the Sunday joining with the Classic Van and Pick Up Show; a true Transit weekend away.


Tom Caren, Show Manager for the British Motor Museum said, “The Classic Van and Pick Up Show is one of my personal favourites, having owned a number of classic vans myself over the last 20 years. Visitors can spend the entire weekend meeting like-minded people who have a passion for these commercial vehicles and can get up close and enjoy these commercials!”


Camping is available, visit the website for details.


Then on Sunday 13th August, hundreds of BMWs will be descending on the British Motor Museum when it hosts Europe’s largest gathering of BMWs. The BMW Car Club National Festival promises to be even bigger and better with thousands of visitors taking advantage of the huge number of activities on offer. Last year visitors saw over 800 vehicles on display including M Power, Alpina, Z’s, i’s, as well as modern, classic and modified models including MINI’s.

Activities will include a large Motor Sport display area showing BMW Car Club Track Days, a rolling road, tombola and prize draw, family entertainment, Pirelli stand, Concours winners, trade stands, up to 80 spaces for cars belonging to members of on-line forums and lots more. Representatives from insurance companies will also be on hand and staff will be present in the

BMW Car Club Trailer to answer questions and enrol new members. This is in addition to the club’s register and regional displays.


Tom Caren, Show Manager for the British Motor Museum said, “The BMW Festival is a fantastic family day out and this year we are organising plenty of additional activities to entertain visitors. Seeing so many BMW’s on display from different decades is a brilliant spectacle to see!”


For further information or to book tickets for either show, register your vehicle into these events or enquire about camping facilities please visit the website at  or call 01926 641188.