A multi-million pound development programme at the British National Motor Museum at Beaulieu sees the arrival of two newly-opened, world-class displays. Whether you’ve been to Beaulieu before or not, this is the perfect excuse to make the trek to the New Forest.
The first is For Britain & For the Hell of It, expressing the attitude of the nation’s land speed record takers. In a studio inside the main museum building are four of the world’s most famous cars – the 350hp and 1000hp Sunbeams, Golden Arrow and Bluebird CN7.
Moving audio-visual presentations are projected onto the walls on both sides of the display, featuring fascinating archive film footage. Moody lighting displays project onto the cars and there are information boards, with details of the personalities involved. A huge, glass-fronted case outside contains models, car parts, trophies and documents relating to the cars and drivers. Just outside the exhibition room is a new display of electric, steam and alternative fuel record setters.
There’s another brand new exhibition upstairs – The Motorcycle Story – which takes a journey through motorcycle history, beginning with examples from the 1900s, through the World Wars and into the 1950s and 1960s.
Britain’s motor museums are growing, with Beaulieu, Coventry, Haynes and Gaydon all being expensively expanded. There’s never been a better time to make some museum visits…