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List of Vehicles - The National Motor Museum Trust

Motor Sports 

The Motorsport Gallery

To celebrate Britain's outstanding achievements in motor racing in Grand Prix, at Le Mans and in rallying, a spectacular exhibition was opened in the Museum in 1997. Mounted on sweeping steel structures, star exhibits in the Gallery include Britain's oldest complete racing car, the 1903 Napier, Michael Schumacher's 1994 World Championship Benetton, Damon Hill's 1996 World Championship Williams (not forgetting his father's 1967 Lotus 49) and the Vanwall which Stirling Moss drove to victory in 1958. Other marques to which the Gallery pays tribute include McLaren, Ferrari, Jaguar and BRM.

Record Breakers 

Record Breakers

The display is appropriately flanked by the Museum's famous Land Speed Record Breakers. There are four unique vehicles on display: the 1920 350hp Sunbeam originally driven by KL Guinness and later named Bluebird under Malcolm Campbell’s ownership, which was the first car to travel at over 150mph; Donald Campbells striking 1960s Bluebird CN7 gas turbine car which was driven at over 403mph; Henry Segrave’s 1927 twin engined 1000hp Sunbeam which took the record at 200mph and the beautifully streamlined 1929 Golden Arrow which travelled at over 231mph

Motor Cycle Gallery 

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Corporate Booths 

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Motorcars as Collectables 

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Motoring Objects

A rare glimpse of the reserve collection 

Motoring board games

1930s Touring Britain board game HWest

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Motoring magazine dated 1945 

Motor cycle magazine

Boxed spark plugs from our extensive collection 

Spark plugs

The Board of Trustees

  • Lord Montagu of Beaulieu - Founder and past chairman of Trustees of the National Motor Museum Trust
  • The Hon Ralph Montagu
  • The Hon Mary Montagu-Scott
  • Raymond Pierce - Chair
  • Joe Greenwell
  • Christopher Macgowan OBE
  • Nick Mason
  • Mike O’Farrell
  • Martin Packman
  • Alastair Penfold
  • Lord Strathcarron (Ian Macpherson)
  • Viv Thomas OBE
  • Mike Timmins

Original Condition 

Oringinal condition of glass plate negatives


Cleaning a glass plate negative


Packing a glass plate negative


Storing glass plate negatives

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Words by Angela

Postal and E-mail Enquiry Service  

Our postal and E-mail based enquiry service will endeavour to answer questions about our Collections and about motoring history in general. We aim to reply to all enquiries within 28 days. For charges please see below.

Whilst we can assist with simple enquiries we do suggest a visit in person to the Reading Room for more complex enquiries and research.

Please write to: The Motoring Research Service
National Motor Museum Trust
SO42 7ZN

E-mail Research Enquiry Service

Please use this enquiry form to send your Motoring Enquiry to the National Motor Museum Research Service.

We aim to respond to all enquiries within 28 days. We would appreciate it if you could give us either your postal address or telephone number in addition to your email address, so that we can contact you in the event of email address failure.

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High Days & Holidays

Mods and Rockers

See our collection of Sixties gear at our High Days & Holidays exhibition

In Sixties Britain, for some young people, your own two wheels were so more than a means of transport. They told the world exactly who you were.

Rockers rode British bikes like Triumph's and Nortons. Reflecting the style of their rock idols, they liked leather clothing, with studs for protection. In contrast, Mods favoured sharp Italian Tailoring, covered by a parka jacket when the weather got the British. 

The differences didn't stop with fashion. Many sixties Rockers hated drugs - another reason to despise the pill popping Mods (whose music sounded off about getting 'high'). There was no better time to prove your loyaties than on a Bank Holiday 'run' down to a coastal resort. That's why we've called our exhibition 'High Days and Holidays'. 


Mod or Rocker?

Try our cult quiz 

Are you in tune with the 1960's Rockers? Or are Mod scooters more your scene? There's no need to head to Clacton for a rumble to prove your loyalties. Just ride (or scoot) through Sixties subculture with our picture quiz.

Jigsaw Bikes

 Sort the scoots from the British brutes with this slider puzzle

Tom's 'Ton up' Timeline

Don't call me Greaser! 

The Sixties 'Rocker' cult grew from the 'Ton Up Boys' of the 1950s - so called because their bikes could reach (indicated) speeds of more than 100 mph. Beaulieu bike expert Tom Walker takes us through the machines that built the myths. Just don't call him a greaser, okay?


Two wheels good...

Our collection of TT racers

The fastest bike in Beaulieu

Tiger Tails and the ESSO gas man   

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Motoring Firsts

Among the questions we are most frequently asked are the various motoring firsts. Listed below are some of the most common questions that have been answered by our Motoring Research Service.

On this page there will be information about: 

  • The Friends
  • How to join
  • Friends Newsletter

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.

The Collections

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Humber 8hp

On Display

The 8hp model was an attempt by Humber to produce a low cost car and lacked many of the more luxurious features of other Edwardian cars. However, it did share many mechanical features with larger Humbers. The clockwise running engine is cranked anti-clockwise to start, an idea introduced to protect the chauffeur’s arm when using the starting handle. This car starred in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as the car driven by Truly Scrumptious.

Humber was one of Britain’s earliest motor manufacturers and, like many others, had its origins in the bicycle industry. The company started in motor manufacture in Coventry during 1896, building French Léon Bollée three wheelers under licence. By 1900 Humber were building motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. Their first production car appeared in 1901.

Maximum speed40mph/64.37kph
Price new£195
ManufacturerHumber Ltd


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