By Ann Evans


If you love motors you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the activities and events going on at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, over the summer months. Ann Evans brings us some of the highlights.



Opening the Car S.O.S. exhibition

If you’re a fan of the TV programme Car S.O.S. then you won’t want to miss the new exhibition that presenters Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw opened recently. The show brings rusty wrecks back to their former glory, and the new exhibition features seven cars that have been rebuilt by the Car S.O.S.

On display is a pre-war Austin ‘Tilly’ truck which underwent a sympathetic overhaul, a vibrant yellow Lancia Delta Integrale with a touching back story and a rare AC Aceca sports car along with four others; MGA, Volvo P1800, Aston Martin DB6 and a Ford Capri RS3100.

Graphics and clips from the relevant episodes run alongside each of the cars detailing the many technical dilemmas Tim and Fuzz had to get the cars back to their best. They will also give an insight into some of the personal stories and challenges faced by each of the cars’ owners.



Car SOS exhibition


Stephen Taylor Woodrow, Series Producer said “The Car S.O.S. team are over the moon with the exhibition – we get so many requests from viewers asking where they can see our cars, so this really is a perfect opportunity. The fact that the exhibition is at the British Motor Museum makes perfect sense.”

The Car S.O.S. exhibition is included in the museum admission price and runs until the end of February 2019.


BMC & Leyland Show.

It will be a trip down memory lane for motor enthusiasts who go along to celebrate British Marques at the Motor Museum when it hosts the ‘BMC & Leyland Show’ on Sunday 1 July. The nostalgic show was launched to pay tribute to the vehicles that were produced by the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland, The Rover Group and pre-BMC Group.



BMC Leyland

With hundreds of vehicles on display, including cars, commercial and military, the show highlights the enormity of vehicles produced under the BMC marque. From the smaller Minis and Morris Minors, to the larger Rover 800’s, Montego’s and Maestro’s and everything in between including vans and lorries.

The day includes a free Archive Event – ‘British Leyland at 50’ which gives visitors the rare opportunity to view and get close to historic documents in British Leyland’s history. These talks need to be booked in advance. Visit the website for details. And, you can even enter your vehicle into the ‘Show and Shine’ event. Simply register your vehicle on the day.


10th Old Ford Rally

On Sunday 15th July the British Motor Museum will host the 10th Old Ford Rally, the biggest Rally of old Fords in the UK. Classic Ford fans will be able to see around 400 classic Fords including commercials, tractors and vehicles with a Ford engine built up to 1990 – showcasing the incredible range of vehicles produced by one of the world’s biggest manufacturers.



Old Ford Rally


There will be an outdoor autojumble for those looking for vital parts to complete their restoration projects and an arena with live displays and commentary throughout the day. Live music on the Sunday will be performed from singing trio ‘My Favourite Things’. The Midlands Meccano Guild will also be featuring an exhibition of hand-built models on display within the Museum alongside some indoor traders selling models.

Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum stated “The Old Ford Rally is a great event and incredibly popular with fans of this legendary marque. Anyone who loves old Ford vehicles is guaranteed an enjoyable day out.” 


Land Rover’s 70th Birthday.

From 21 July – 2 September the British Motor Museum will be celebrating Land Rover’s 70th Birthday with a programme of Land Rover themed fun, family activities! Every day visitors can discover some of the Land Rovers in the Museum’s collection with the Land Rover Explorer Trail – follow this self-guided trail and receive a Land Rover sticker on completion. Families can also join  ‘Adventure Annie’ or ‘Adventure Alex’  on a family Explorer Tour and hear some of the amazing adventures that the cars have survived, through wilderness, jungles and deserts. Explorer Tours run every day at 1:45pm.


Land Rover Show

For the creative types there is the opportunity to colour in a Land Rover No.1 or even make your own Land Rover model! Whilst every Wednesday visitors can discover the world of science with AutoScience LIVE – two 25 minute shows at 11:45am and 2:15pm, full of cool interactive demonstrations with the ‘mad scientists’ Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin!


The BMW Car Club GB National Festival.

Over 1,000 BMWs will go on display at the British Motor Museum when it hosts one of Europe’s largest gathering of BMW’s on Sunday 12 August.  The BMW Car Club GB National Festival promises to be even bigger than before, with thousands of visitors enjoying the huge number of activities on offer. Vehicles on display will include M Power, Alpina, Z’s and i’s, as well as modern, classic and modified BMW models including MINI’s.

New for this year is the ‘New Car Village’ showcasing new BMW products from the BMW and MINI Ranges with additional displays from 2 German specialists ALPINA and AC Schnitzer. There will also be a new ‘Motorsports Village’ dedicated to BMW cars prepared for racing, rallying, track days – including a number of cars from the 2018 season BMW Car Club Racing series.



BMW Car Club National Festival 2018. Photo courtesy of Darren Teagles


Trade Stands will be offering a broad range of products from brakes, exhausts, tuning packages, detailing products, leather care and restoration plus accessories and goodies.  Visitors can also enjoy the popular BMW Car Club Concours with classes from Pride of Ownership through to Elite and Masterclass.

Discounted tickets are available in advance from the BMW Car Club web-site or by phone 01970 267989.


For full details of all the events and activities, plus admission costs please visit: