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List of Vehicles - The National Motor Museum Trust

The Coach Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal 1901 

First published in 1880 as The Coach Builders’, Harness Makers’ and Saddlers’ Art Journal this periodical underwent a number of title changes to reflect the growing interest in the motor car. By 1901 it was featuring illustrations of motor vehicles alongside those of the more traditional horse-drawn carriage such as the two colour plates shown here of a Gentleman’s Driving Phaeton and a Panhard Phaeton Motor Car.   

 

Gentleman's Driving Phaeton

Panhard Phaeton Motor Car

Selling the dream 

1959 Cadillac Sales Brochure Front Cover

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The Coach Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal 1901 

First published in 1880 as The Coach Builders’, Harness Makers’ and Saddlers’ Art Journal this periodical underwent a number of title changes to reflect the growing interest in the motor car. By 1901 it was featuring illustrations of motor vehicles alongside those of the more traditional horse-drawn carriage such as the two colour plates shown here of a Gentleman’s Driving Phaeton and a Panhard Phaeton Motor Car.   

 

Gentleman's Driving Phaeton

Panhard Phaeton Motor Car

Selling the dream 

1959 Cadillac Sales Brochure Front Cover

(Text)

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The Caravan Club Collection holds a great variety of items relating to our history, including our founding fathers. We collect objects, ephemera, photographs, sound recordings, film and video relating to The Club both past and present.

However, we do not collect material relating to general caravan history or manufacture such as trade brochures and caravan equipment (unless there is a proven link to The Club). In addition, we are regretfully unable to collect caravans themselves.

To see some of the most recent additions to the collection, pay a visit to The Caravan Club’s website.

To find out how to donate an item visit the donation page.

A folded card covered in red textile belonging to a Club member in 1956.

An example of a Caravan Club membership card, 1956.

If you think you may like to lend or donate an item to the collection then please check out our FAQ’s before getting in touch.

Caravan Club members competing in the reversing test at a British Caravan Road Rally event. Early 1960s.

These popular events were held annually from 1954 until 1977, and designed to showcase the roadworthiness of a competitor’s car and caravan outfit. Challenges set over the course of a weekend included timed tests, night driving, navigation and manoeuvres.

If you have any Road Rally memorabilia which you may wish to donate, or you were a Rally organiser, competitor, marshal or spectator who would consider recording your memories in an oral history interview, then we would like to hear from you.

For further information, please contact The Caravan Club Collection Officer, Angela Cox on 01590 614762 or email caravanclub@beaulieu.co.uk.

A War Office Inspection of a Winchester Caravan converted into a Red Cross First Aid Post during the Second World War, 1939.

The Club is currently gathering material on the theme of ‘Caravanning in World War Two’.

During the conflict of the Second World War, strict petrol rationing reduced the ability for caravan touring holidays. Meanwhile, many families used their caravans to escape German bombing while others who had lost their homes used caravans for shelter.

We are looking for photographs, ephemera, information and personal memories on the use of the caravan in Britain during the conflict of the Second World War.

For further information, please contact The Caravan Club Collection Officer, Angela Cox on 01590 614762 or email caravanclub@beaulieu.co.uk.

 

The National Motor Museum and Collections Centre

The National Motor Museum and its Collection Center are located in the Beaulieu attractions complex, one of the South of England’s top day visitor attractions set in the heart of the New Forest.

See the Collection

A man with a hat boating on a lake with a car and caravan parked on land in the background.

Ralph Lee MBE boating alongside his Cheltenham caravan. This photograph and several similar were taken for the promotional brochure of Cheltenham Caravans, 1953.

There are several ways to visit The Caravan Club Collection. To see the collection on display at The National Motor Museum, check out our current exhibitions and events.  

We also welcome professional and amateur researchers to visit parts of the collection which are not on public display. To book an appointment please get in touch. 

You can view some of the fascinating material from our collection at The Caravan Club Website’s online gallery. Visit The Club's site to find out more.

The Caravan Club Collection is featured in a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year. This page shows you the ways in which you can currently see the collection.

A variety of Club material is currently on display in The National Motor Museum’s ‘High Days and Holidays’ exhibition. Visit the High Days and Holidays area of the website to find out more.

Caravan Club Display at The National Motor Museum

The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu now features a dedicated caravanning area which includes the miniature Royal Caravan, originally presented to Prince Charles and Princess Anne by The Caravan Club in 1955.

The newly-displayed area includes a 1926 Eccles caravan and a 1964 Commer Auto-Sleeper motor caravan, along with a selection of memorabilia from The Caravan Club Collection.

A birds eye view of caravans and information panels at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

The Club's 'Centenary Experience' stand at the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show, February 2007.

2007 was a momentous and special year for The Caravan Club who, along with Brooklands, The Isle of Man TT and The Scouting Movement, celebrated its centenary.

The Caravan Club Collection, hosted by the National Motor Museum Trust, was involved in a number of exciting projects throughout the year, enabling the public to see material from the collection for the very first time.

The year kicked off with The Club’s popular ‘Centenary Experience’ stand making its first appearance at the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The stand featured the world’s first leisure touring caravan ‘The Wanderer’ and the miniature ‘Royal Caravan’ presented to Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children in 1955. These caravans were complemented with panels and showcases featuring a variety of material from The Club’s Collection.

The ‘Centenary Experience’ was equally popular on its second outing at the International Caravan and Motor Home Show, held at the same venue in October.

In March, the National Motor Museum Trust’s touring exhibition ‘High Days and Holidays’ began its trip around the country to its numerous host venues. Material from The Caravan Club Collection has complemented the caravanning theme which has been explored by the exhibition.

During the summer holidays the celebrations were brought to Beaulieu with a successful and fun-packed programme of drop-in family workshop activities. We were lucky enough for Vice-President of The Caravan Club, Michael Drayton, to pop by and pitch up for two days with his Classic Carlight Caravan and Bentley Outfit.

The ‘Royal Caravan’ also made a special appearance in the National Motor Museum during the summer along with a display on the history of The Club.

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The BRM Preservation Appeal

The BRM Preservation Appeal total currently stands at £49,632.68, just short of the £50,000 target. We are looking for your support to help us get over the line!

The National Motor Museum Trust is looking to raise funds to preserve our iconic 1950 BRM V16 1.5 litre Type 15.

An important part of the Trust's work is to preserve historically significant vehicles in running condition and the BRM is one such example. This car played an important role in revitalising British motorsport post-war and was raced by Juan Manuel Fangio and Reg Parnell.

Keeping the BRM in fully-functioning condition doesn’t just ensure that the unique sound of its astonishing V16 engine isn’t lost forever, but also keeps alive an important link to Britain’s motorsport history. With over 2,000 moving parts to this complex and ground-breaking machine, keeping it in good order and as close to original as possible is very time-consuming, and requires specialist skills and significant investment, which the Trust relies upon donations to fund.

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This is a picture of a bear 

I saw this

Brown bear in North Carolina Sam Carroll

The National Motor Museum Motoring Research Service

The Motoring Research Service exists to respond to factual enquiries received by the National Motor Museum Trust and to assist researchers to access information that may be found within its Collections.

We can assist with simple enquiries by post and by E-mail but for more complex research we recommend that you make an appointment to visit our Reading Room.

Please be aware that due to staff absence we are unable to respond to requests for research or make appointments for reading room visits until early September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Preservation of the Collection

High Days & Holidays travels in time and place, from Victorians enjoying a day at the seaside to Mods & Rockers, and far off holidays to more familiar locations. It illustrates some of the many ways in which motoring has enabled us to make more of our leisure time, opening up the countryside and helping us enjoy hobbies and holiday pursuits such as a day at the motor races, touring, camping & caravanning. A range of loan boxes related to the exhibition storylines introduce a hands-on element to educational activities.

High Days & Holidays provides a rare glimpse of The National Motor Museum's multi-faceted, internationally significant collections of photographs, archives, library material and objects.

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General Enquiries Frequently Asked Questions

This page lists some of the most frequently asked general questions we receive.

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About the Photographic Collection

Motorcycle workshop at the Isle of Man TT in the 1920s.

1920s workshop at the Isle of Man TT.

The Photographic Collection at the National Motor Museum contains over one million images. It illustrates the history of motoring from the earliest steam cars of the 19th century to new models being launched today. Coverage includes cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles, the motor industry, motor sport, the social history of motoring, pioneers and a wide range of motoring and motor sport personalities. This Collection is currently being catalogued and preserved by a team of volunteers led by the Curator of Photography.

Preservation 

Modern preservation techniques take a great deal of time and care, and are carried out by a dedicated team of specially trained staff and volunteers.

Highlights of the Motoring Object Collection

Loans Boxes

We have a selection of loans boxes available to borrow. They consist of original and replica handling items sourced from the National Motor Museum Collections. They provide an ideal opportunity to run reminiscence sessions, intergenerational work and school projects. They can be hired for a whole school term for a nominal fee.

Fun Activities

Jaguar Jamboree

For 2009, the National Motor Museum exhibited, ‘Jaguar Jamboree’, which showcased the iconic Jaguar marque, with a selection of models from its illustrious past. Vechicles that defined Jaguar as a car of style, elegance and sophistication, were exhibited, as well as memorabilia, accessories and film clips.

This exhibition has now ended.

Vehicles that were on display:

Enquiries

Learning

Days Out

Just out, Summer Shell, 1933, Drake Brookshaw. Courtesy of the Shell Art Collection.

Before 1871 there were no bank holidays and paid holidays were not introduced until 1938. So it was only the wealthy that had both the spare time and transport to enjoy day trips.

As days off became more frequent and transport links were developed, leisure time was revolutionised for the working masses. This was the beginning of the great British day out.

Touring

In the early 20th century, taking a tour in a motor car was a great adventure. As the century progressed more people explored the roads of Britain, Europe and beyond.

As the motor car grew in popularity motoring services, such as petrol stations and breakdown assistance, evolved. This has helped the leisure trip in a car become a popular British pastime.

The Graham Walker Collection 

This collection of over 2,000 glass plate negatives were still in their original boxes; very interesting, but hardly ideal conditions by modern museum standards. After being in storage for nearly 30 years, grant aid from the from the Designation Challenge Fund, operated by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) helped us to preserve this Collection for the future and make it fully available for the first time.

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Norton BS

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‘Old Miracle’ is one of the most famous Norton racing motorcycles. It is believed to have established 112 solo and sidecar national and international records between 1912 and 1920. This machine was particularly associated with renowned rider and tuner Daniel ‘Wizard’ O’Donovan, the first rider to exceed 80mph on a 500cc bike.

Production versions were produced from 1912. The racing model, known as the Brooklands Special (BS), and the sporty Brooklands Road Special (BRS) were fitted with engines that had been tested at Brooklands by O’Donovan and guaranteed to have lapped at 70mph and 65mph respectively. These bikes had direct belt drive, with no clutch or gears.

Year1912
CountryBritish
Capacity490cc
Cylinders1
Valvesside valve
Output18bhp at 4,500rpm
Maximum speed80mph/128.75kph
Price new£60
ManufacturerNorton Motors Ltd
OwnerMontagu Collection

 

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