The British Motor Museum is to host a number of brand new and unique motoring shows during 2017. The Museum will also be hosting its popular regular events, shows, and workshops throughout the year including the Classic Virgins Experience Day, Gaydon Festival of Transport, the National Metro & Mini Show and Retro Truck Show.
New for this year is the Harley Davidson Sportster at 60 Show which takes place on Saturday 24 June. The show will celebrate this iconic American midweight motorcycle which is still in production today. A brand new show celebrating the Mazda MX5 Owners National Rally will take place on Sunday 24 September and will commemorate this popular Japanese manufacturer which was founded in 1920.
A special forum entitled "The British Motor Industry, what is the road ahead?" will take place on Saturday 25 March. Attendees can hear from Britain's motor industry experts in a series of lectures covering topics such as technological developments, automotive journalism and PR, motor manufacturing and design icons. Within each topic the experts will be posing the question 'what is the road ahead?' and the lectures will be followed by a Q&A session allowing attendees to share their own future predictions.
The hugely successful Classic Land Rover Show will return slightly earlier this year. The show, now in its third year, will take place on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 May. Plans are afoot to bring the very finest vehicles, owners and historians together for a meeting of Land Rover minds.
A new exhibition will open on 19 May entitled "The British Motor Car in Fifty Objects". The exhibition will showcase the depth and variety of the Museum's nationally Designated collections by telling the story of Britain's motor industry and the cars it built using 50 key objects.
For Mini and LEGO® lovers, the Museum is throwing down a challenge to visitors during February half terms BRICK WEEK (18 - 26 February), to help build a life size Mini out of LEGO bricks! Museum visitors will have the opportunity to complete their own LEGO brick section (4 bricks x 4 bricks) which they will then hand to professional model builders to assemble into the LEGO brick Mini. The challenge is to see if together, they can build it in the 9 days of half term.
Visitors are reminded they can also take advantage of the Museum's great value offer. Gift Aid your ticket and receive a year's Annual Pass at no extra cost, so that you can come back time and time again (terms and conditions apply). To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit the website at http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
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Notes to editors
• The British Motor Museum is the new name of the Heritage Motor Centre, the venue which houses the Collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust - over 300 cars spanning the classic, vintage and veteran eras and a fabulous archive of film, photographs, advertising material, personal papers and business documents.
• The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (the Trust) is an independent educational charity formed in 1983. The Registered Charity Number is 286575. Its mission is to collect, conserve, research and display for the benefit of the nation, motor vehicles, archives and ancillary material relating to the motor industry in Great Britain and to provide a world-class motor museum and major visitor attraction providing a broad based academic and educational facility coupled to an entertaining and attractive display.
• In December 2014 the Trust gained the coveted Designated status from Arts Council England which confirms that its collections are of national significance. The Designation Scheme is a mark of distinction, identifying and celebrating pre-eminent collections of national and international importance in non-national institutions. The Scheme was established in 1997 and is administered by Arts Council England, aiming to raise standards and promote best practice across the sector. (source: Arts Council England)
• The British Motor Museum consists of two buildings - the Museum and the Collections Centre. Together, these buildings house the world's largest collection of historic British cars; including iconic cars such as the Austin 100 HP, Land Rover No1, Morris Minor No1, the first and last Mini, MG old No1 and the Thunderbirds Fab1 car. The Collections Centre also houses 50-100 cars from the Jaguar Heritage Collection.
• In addition to the car collections, the British Motor Museum is home to the Trust's extensive Archive of business, sales and technical documents, photographs and film as well as the personal papers of industry giants such as the Lords Austin and Nuffield, and Sir Alec Issigonis, all of which chart the course of the British motor industry from the 1890's to the present day.
• The British Motor Museum delivers a range of educational packages which support the National Curriculum - science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at KS1 to KS4. A wide range of family and lifelong learning activities also take place in the Museum during school holidays.
• Each year the venue hosts a number of highly successful and varied motoring and family events, from the Classic & Vintage Commercial Show to the UK Slot Car Festival, as well as many other marque events, lectures, workshops and rallies. For full details please visit the website http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk .
• The British Motor Museum and Collections Centre is open to the public daily from 10am - 5pm.
• The address is British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ