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Sidecar racing at the IOM TT, 1970

Isle of Man TT

In a year when motorcycle enthusiasts have been denied the spectacle of the Isle of Man TT, Research and Enquiries…

1960 Messerschmitt KR200 with L plate

85 Years of the driving test

The origins of the driving test are explored in the latest blog from Research and Enquiries Officer Patrick Collins. 1st…

1961 Monaco GP, Stirling Moss in Rob Walkers Lotus 18.

Sir Stirling Moss 1929–2020

Among many famous racing drivers there are perhaps just a few who stand out as being truly great. Each generation…

Charles Jarrott in the 1903 Napier at the Gordon Bennett races

Britain’s First Motor Race

Research and Enquiries Officer, Patrick Collins, tells the story of Britain’s first official motor race. The development of motor racing…

Page from the Concise History of English Carriages

The first book on Motoring

For World Book Day, our Research and Enquiries Officer explores the story behind, what is believed to be, the first…

Poster of traffic on bridge with caption beat the James Buy a Moped

Beat the Jams – Buy a Moped

This distinctive poster is a recent donation to our Object Collection. Picturing traffic in 1960s Southampton (we believe it to…

Thousand Mile Trial Flag

Thousand Mile Trial flag

A flag used in the Automobile Club’s Thousand Mile Trial of 1900 has been donated to the National Motor Museum…

Design drawing of the Lotus Europa

Ron Hickman and the Lotus Europa

Following a recent donation of material relating to the designer and inventor the late Ron Hickman, Senior Curator Sarah Wyatt explores…

George Thorne Diary 1937

The George Thorne Diaries

Senior curator, Sarah Wyatt, has been exploring a recent donation to the Motoring Archives. George Thorne kept detailed motoring records…

Ron Hickman leaning next to the Lotus Elan

Ron Hickman and the Lotus Elan

A collection of drawings and documents by Lotus sports car designer and inventor the late Ron Hickman has recently been…

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