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About the Motoring Archives

Frederick William Barnes (?1877-1943)

Frederick William Barnes (?1877-1943)

About us

The Motoring Archives represent a cornucopia of records illustrative of motoring history. Material is held in support of the National Motor Museum’s wider collections, as well as providing a rich resource for the Research Service. The Archives are largely paper based and include material relating to business, trade associations, and personalities. There are approximately 300 collections, an estimated 100,000 items housed in over 1,000 boxes, equating to 253 linear metres at the last count.


Cataloguing work is ongoing; a partially complete catalogue has previously been made available online via Access to Archives (A2A). This platform is now defunct, although the data can still be accessed nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a. Work has now begun on transferring information from our internal catalogue onto Archives Hub, a national online database for archival collections.

Several key collections held by the Motoring Archives are now available for researchers to view on Archives Hub. Please see below for an overview of collections.

Collections overview

The Archives contain collections either on or created by the following entities. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change as knowledge of the collections grows. Please be aware that some material may not be immediately accessible; if you have any questions relating to the below, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Record breaking vehicles

  • Bluebird
  • Golden Arrow
  • Silver Bullet
  • Speed of the Wind / Flying Spray
  • Thunderbolt


  • Barnes, Frederick William [Freddie] (?1877-1943), engineer and motorcyclist
  • Burney, Cecil S (fl 1904-1952), motorcyclist and engineer
  • Campbell, Donald Malcolm (1921–1967), land and water speed record-holder
  • Campbell, Sir Malcolm (1885–1948), holder of land and water speed records
  • Churchill, Frank (?1875-1944), commercial vehicle pioneer
  • Collins, Peter John (1931-1958), racing driver
  • Egerton, Hubert Wingfield (1875-1950), engineer and businessman
  • Eyston, George Edward Thomas (1897–1979), racing driver
  • Gardner, (Alfred Thomas) Goldie (1890–1958), racing motorist and speed record breaker
  • Guinness, Algernon Arthur St Lawrence Lee (1883–1954), racing driver
  • Guinness, Kenelm Edward Lee (1887–1937), businessman and motor racing driver
  • Knight, John Henry (1847-1917), motoring pioneer and inventor
  • Lambert, Percy Edgar (1880–1913), motor racing driver and car dealer
  • McNab, Francis A (1879-?1953), pioneer motorcyclist
  • Norman, Sir Henry, first baronet (1858–1939), journalist and politician
  • Pomeroy, Laurence Henry (1883-1941), automotive engineer
  • Pope, Noel Baddow (1910-1971), motorcyclist and artist
  • Remington, Alfred Arnold (1877-1922), engineer
  • Riley, Michael Williamson Colcott [Mike] (1913-1993), motorcyclist and engineer
  • Roper, Lilian ?Mary (d ?1964), pioneer women motorist
  • Seaman, Richard John Beattie [Dick] (1913–1939), racing driver
  • Sedgwick, Michael C (1926-1983), motoring writer
  • Segrave, Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane (1896–1930), land and water speed record-holder
  • Straight, Whitney Willard (1912–1979), racing driver and industrialist
  • Vaughan, Morna Lloyd (1882-1969) née Rawlins, surgeon, medical pioneer, and motoring enthusiast
  • Walker, Graham William (?1896-1962), motorcyclist and journalist
  • White, Montague Reginald Grahame- (1877-1961), racing driver and motoring pioneer


  • Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • Autocar, automotive periodical
  • Baughan Motors, Stroud
  • Beardmore Motors Ltd
  • Beckenham Motor Company
  • Bishop & Sons' Depositories Limited, London
  • Botwood and Egerton Motor Engineers, Ipswich
  • Brighton & Sussex Motor Carriage Works
  • Burgon Manufacturing Co
  • Carless, Capel & Leonard
  • Carrosserie Sodomka, Vysoké Mýto, Czechoslovakia
  • Dawson Car Company, Coventry
  • Donald Taylor Ltd, Haslington, Crewe
  • Durham, Churchill and Co, Sheffield
  • E.N.V. Motor Syndicate
  • Ford of Britain/Europe
  • Henry Meadows Ltd, Wolverhampton
  • Iliffe and Sons Ltd
  • J E Hutton Ltd, London
  • James & Browne Ltd, London
  • Jowett Cars Ltd, Bradford
  • Lanchester Motor Company
  • Lea-Francis Cars Ltd, Coventry
  • Lloyd Dunn & Co, Redbourn, Hertfordshire
  • Newton & Bennett Ltd, Manchester
  • Norton Motors Ltd
  • Pearson & Cox, Limited, Shortlands, Kent
  • Perkins Engines Ltd, Peterborough
  • Salmons & Sons, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
  • Scammell Lorries Ltd
  • Shaw & Kilburn, London
  • Sunbeam Motor Car Company
  • Thornycroft
  • Tottenham & District Gas Company
  • Turpin’s Motor & Cycle Works / Viaduct Cycle Works, Brighton
  • TVR
  • Van Fall, Mayer, & Co, ?Twickenham
  • Vanden Plas Ltd
  • Varley Engineering Ltd, Southampton
  • Vauxhall Motors Ltd
  • Zenith Carburetter Company, London

Commercial garages

  • Davies & Sons, Shipston-on-Stour
  • Hare’s Garage, Bedale
  • J Blake & Co Ltd [Blakes], Liverpool
  • Sibley’s Garage, Southampton
  • Wadham Brothers, Southampton and Waterlooville
  • William Tucker & Son, West End Garage, Wedmore, Somerset

Professional and trade associations

  • Institute of the Motor Trade, 1926-1944
  • VBRA (Vehicle Builders & Repairers Association)


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