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1981 Austin Metro

The Metro at 40

A familiar sight on the Britain’s roads in the 1980s and 1990s, the Austin Metro was launched in October 1980,…

Cars take part in the Ranelagh Club Automobile Gymkhana, 1900

Ranelagh Club Gymkhana

It may seem strange to be reading about a polo club gymkhana in the National Motor Museum’s blog but the…

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…

John Scott Montagu at the wheel of his 12hp Daimler

Thousand Mile Trial 1900

On the 120th Anniversary of the Thousand Mile Trial, Research and Enquiries Officer Patrick Collins, tells the story of this…

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…

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