If fast cars and Formula 1 is your passion, Ann Evans suggests you take the family to the British Motor Museum this February half-term for some Formula 1 fun.
Enjoy some Formula 1 fun at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon this half term from 19 – 27th February with lots of exciting racing themes family activities. It’s a great opportunity for families to discover the much-loved British sports car from manufacturers such as Morgan, Lotus, Triumph, McLaren and Aston Martin within the collection.
Families can drop into the Learning Space every day between 10am and 3pm to design and make a LEGO® Formula 1 Racing Car and ‘race’ it along a track. Once children have recorded their time on the pitstop wall, you can take a photo of your car to print out and take home.
A Family Weekend Tour will take place on 19 & 20 and 26 & 27 February at 1.30pm when children can help the museum’s resident racing driver, Jackie Demon, pick out their next drive and discover the amazing racing cars in the museum’s collection.
Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin will be running their ever-popular Science Shows on 21, 22, 24 and 25 February and sharing the secret science of speed. For one day only on Wednesday 23 February, join the STEM ambassadors from MOD Kineton to make and launch ‘Rocket Cars’.
There is also a new ‘Road Map’ family trail enabling children to explore the cars in the collection that are linked by name to different destinations around the world. Simply pick up the ‘Road Map’ Trail at the Family Activity Station and return for a reward sticker.
Emma Rawlinson, Lifelong Learning Officer at the British Motor Museum said, “February’s activities are all about helping families engage with our collection in a fun and interactive way, bringing cars to life with great stories, fun facts and hands on science. There is something for all ages to enjoy.”
The fun continues for the adults too, with the arrival of a BRM chassis IV P15 Type 1 V16. The BRM Type 15 was a Formula One racing car of the early 1950s and British Racing Motors were the UK’s first Formula One team. The car will go on display at the Museum from 17 February to 1 March, coinciding with half term.
An exclusive members-only preview event will also take place on the evening of Wednesday 16 Feb from 6-7.30pm, giving members a unique chance to see the car up close and chat to Paul Owen, Director of British Racing Motors Ltd.
Of the four original models that were made, only two exist today, together with two of the ‘mark 2’ P30 V16 cars. To mark BRM’s 70th anniversary, three new and authentic models are being built by racing car specialist Hall & Hall. These will use original P15 chassis numbers that weren’t allocated at the time, as the cars were never built due to a change in Formula One technical regulations. Hall & Hall are using around 20,000 original drawings to painstakingly recreate the three new P15s as true to the original as possible.
The first car – chassis 1/04 – has been commissioned by John Owen, the 82-year-old son of BRM’s original owner and renowned industrialist, Sir Alfred Owen, and it is this car that will go on display at the Museum. The two other BRM V16s are up for sale and historic racing car collector, Richard Mille, has bought the second car. Richard, more famous for his global luxury watch business, has the world’s most extensive collection of BRM racing cars including an original MK1 BRM V16 and an original P30 V16 MK2.
Stephen Laing, Head of Collections at the British Motor Museum said, “We are extremely privileged to have this iconic racing car on display at the Museum for two weeks. Not only is it one of the most beautiful Formula One cars of its time but it is also technically highly complex, overlaid with BRM’s intriguing back story. It will be a great addition to our half term activities and a must see for all the enthusiasts out there.”
Museum entry is just £40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, £14.50 for adults in advance or £16 on the day, £12.50 for concessions in advance or £14 on the day, £9 for children (5-16 years) in advance or £10 on the day and under 5s are FREE.
To find out more information about February half-term activities please visit www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/whats-on/february-half-term , and for the Members only preview event visit https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/whats-on/members-only-p15-brm, or call 01926 895300.