Motoring in Miniature – On Tour

Motoring in Miniature shop front display

Visitors to the Cascades Shopping Centre, Portsmouth can now see a new exhibition from the National Motor Museum, Motoring in Miniature – On Tour.

This touring exhibition follows on from the popular Motoring in Miniature exhibition recently held at the National Motor Museum. Visitors to the Cascades Shopping Centre will be able to relive the joy and excitement of their favourite childhood toys with the exhibition showcasing 400 toy cars and pedal cars to celebrate miniature motoring memories and much-loved playthings of the past. For over a century we’ve gazed longingly through the toy shop window at the latest offerings and been enthralled by TV adverts, especially at Christmas. We’ve hoped to become the lucky owner of a brightly coloured toy car, drive away in a pedal car, race our friends with a slot car set or build a construction kit of a favourite car.

Objects on display in shop front windowThe shop front display is packed with toy cars of all shapes and sizes from the 1920s to the 1990s, from tin plate and wooden toys to die-cast and slot cars. See pedal cars, radio control cars and scale models, motoring board games, jigsaws and computer games. No matter if you are five or 95, these are the toys of your childhood.

Follow the giant roadway packed with toys by much-loved favourite brands including Corgi, Dinky, Scalextric, Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Triang and many more. See these miniatures displayed decade by decade, showing how they developed from crude toys to sophisticated replicas.

Revisit your Green Cross Code with road safety inspired games, alongside nostalgic displays of slot cars, tinplate roadways, I-Spy and Ladybird books and annuals, motoring themed travel games and period-perfect artwork. Spot emergency services-themed playthings on show, as well as construction classics such as Airfix, Meccano and Lego, as well as scale model caravans and campervans.

These are the toys you spent hours driving across the living room carpet or the back garden; the toys you were told to clear up, the toys you were proud of, the toys you loved.

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If you would like to host Motoring In Miniature – On Tour at your venue, please contact using the form on our enquiries page.

Man doing policeman selfie in front posterStrike a pose!

When you visit the Motoring in Miniature exhibition at the Cascades Shopping Centre don’t miss the opportunity to enter our photo competition on Instagram. Prove you’re a model citizen and show off your best safety pose for the camera and you could win a family ticket to Beaulieu.


Read the competition terms and conditions.

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website