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by Paul Sweeney.
Haumoana in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand filmed in late September 2021. This is where the late Ian Hope began to create his unique and very personal British Car Museum back in the 1990s. Ian passed away in 2019 and sadly the museum is now closed to visitors and is for sale.
I was recently reminded of the time back in 2014 or maybe it was 2015 when Ian told me he needed my help; it was bothering him that he didn’t have any notes about the exhibits in his collection; nobody would even know what was there, so he asked me if I would film some video for him to explain.
Of course I was happy to do that, so what follows is essentially a private tour around the buildings with Ian beside me pointing out all the items he wanted to bring to our attention. It wasn’t so much about the cars as he felt people would recognize all the models and know about them. His concern on that day was all the memorabilia he had accumulated, starting initially with family items like his first car, old photographs and his mother’s hand-made baskets but growing over time to include all manner of now- forgotten and obsolete items.
Initially he was reluctant to speak on camera preferring me to do it, but after a while his enthusiasm got the better of him and I’m pleased to say he took over, leaving me only to operate the camera and prompt him occasionally. Essentially I followed him around, letting him talk. As a result this video is close to what you might have experienced if you had visited Ian’s collection while he was still alive; he had a tale about every car and every item of memorabilia in that place.
I hope you enjoy it and can forgive the odd lapse in quality - I have used one or two of the clips only because what they show cannot be replaced (esp the clips of Ian moving a couple of cars out from the shed). Lighting was a challenge too, because Ian was always very reluctant to turn on any lights inside the building due to the cost. Anyway, I think this gives a good idea of what his museum was actually like; untidy, disorganised and not a little dusty but fascinating for all that.
by Paul Sweeney.
I recently rediscovered some video clips I filmed 7 or 8 years ago with Ian Hope, owner of the British Car Museum near Napier, New Zealand. Ian and I were friends and I helped him with the online presence for his museum, photography and other bits and pieces. He hated writing things down, so he asked me to film him talking about his museum so that some information would be there after he'd passed on.
Ian sadly died in 2019 and since then I havent wanted to revisit these materials, but now feels like the right time. He knew of our club and was interested - even exchanging messages with Daniel Bysouth, who very generously sent Ian the gift of a period RAC badge Dan had. Ian was thrilled and straight away fitted the badge to one of his favourite cars, his Alvis TC21. I took a photo of Ian proudly pointing to it for Daniel to see, and that photo is included in this video.
I started looking through the video clips I have and soon realised that if I used them all, it would make a long video - but equally I didnt want to leave out interesting items. So I decided to split it into 2 videos. This, the first one is an introduction to Ian and his museum and looks at some of the cars in his collection. The next will feature the huge memorabilia collection Ian had on the mezzanine floor of the museum and also lining all of the walls.
When I first began filming Ian was a little shy and didn't want to speak on camera, preferring me to do that - but his enthusiasm soon got the better of him and he gradually took over, to my great pleasure. It made so much more sense to me to hear the man himself talking about his passion.
Anyway - here is the first video; I hope you enjoy it. I'm not a professional film editor but I did my best.
Official Press Release.
The British Motor Museum has launched a new membership scheme as part of the Museum’s plans to engage with more audiences, share its collections more widely and become more financially resilient.
As home to the world's largest collection of historic British cars, the British Motor Museum is an independent Museum and registered educational charity which receives no central government funding. Income from membership will provide essential revenue for the Museum’s ongoing development, helping it to conserve and protect its fabulous collections of over 300 cars and millions of artefacts and items in the Archive. In return members will receive a generous range of exclusive benefits.
Members will have free entry to the Museum including all special weekend show days. They will also have exclusive opportunities to preview new exhibitions, to have a private Museum tour and attend the new members’ only events.
‘Museum on the Move’ will be the first of these events and will take place in spring of 2022. An evening event, it will start with drinks and canapes in the Museum's stunning Sky Suite, where members will get the chance to meet and chat with specialists from the Collections Team, as well as fellow members who are passionate about cars and British automotive history. They will then be introduced to the selection of the Museum’s cars including ‘Huey’ the first Land Rover produced, 1904 Wolseley 6hp and MG Metro 6R4 prototype and get the chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as the engines are fired up ready for them to take a ride.
Jeff Coope, Managing Director at the British Motor Museum said:
Becoming a Member of the British Motor Museum is a wonderful way to discover more about us and support our work. Members will be able to form a closer relationship with the Museum's collections and team as well as provide a vital source of income for the Museum. The Covid pandemic has been a tough time for the Museum and all attractions in general, this new membership scheme will help us ensure a bright future for the Museum.
Membership is available from just £3.50 per month or £42 for a year. There are individual, joint and family memberships available as either a Member or Premium Member.
To find out more about membership of the British Motor Museum and the ‘Museum on the Move’ event please visit www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/membership. For more information about the Museum please visit the website www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
by Dave Youngs, Lancaster Insurance Services Car Club Manager.
Lancaster Insurance is looking for a couple of additional cars to display on their stand at the Classic Motor Show between 11th and 14th November.
We are looking for cars that either have a great family story or cars that have undertaken an epic road trip! If this sounds like you and you'd like to exhibit your pride and joy then please drop me an email with your details firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks!
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We've a huge 1,400 lot sale for you this week and wanted to advise that the catalogue is online now. Any peeks you've had up until last night will have been of a partial catalogue.
Friday - approximately 650 lots including 350 lots of badges and mascots including a highly respected and significant AA and RAC badge collection amassed over many decades by a well-known collector. Also several book and ephemera collections, cabinet items, photographs, car spares including lamps and decorative automobilia (large scale model aeroplanes, stained glass panels, car marque related automobilia i.e. Sunbeam etc).
Saturday - approximately 750 lots of petroliana including the best selection of oil cans and measures we’ve ever had, mostly from two private collections amassed many decades ago and coming to the market for the first time. We’ve some never-seen-before enamel signs, petrol pumps, globes, a fabulous collection of black and white photographs of pre and post war filling stations - a very rare archive from a private collection.
There's some cross-over of interest over the two days so we’d request you do please look at both days. Saturday is all about Petroliana as you’ve come to expect but photograph collectors will find garage-related photos in this sale and some automobilia related items on the Friday – something for everyone and 1,400 lots.
We are able to confirm that the saleroom is open for in-the-room bidding and viewing this week.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
from all the R.E.A.L team
We ask that a mask is worn when in the saleroom and where possible a courteous distance between bidders is appreciated. We will encourage bidders to take regular breaks outside the saleroom when not bidding but we will not be policing that. The saleroom shutter will be open to ensure good airflow.
If you are able to view before the day, especially for the badge lots then we advise that you do, as with the limited numbers able to view at one time, viewing may be difficult.
We are not asking you to book to attend this sale.
Viewing: Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 8.30am-5pm, Saturday from 8.30am, Sales both starting at 9.30am.
In addition to in the room bidding, bids can be left with us, live bidding over the telephone available as well as through the-saleroom.com
Competition run by Lancaster Insurance Services.
Would you like to be inside a Lancaster bomber with all four Merlins running, taxying down the runway? So would we!
entries close 30 September 2021
Details of the VIP day include:
You will also be able to bring a guest for the whole day, including a look inside the Lancaster and the tour. Unfortunately, your guest will not be able to partake in the taxy ride. Full details will be provided to the winner.
Official Press Release from the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
NEW for 2021! We're delighted to launch our brand new exhibition: Bond in Motion - No Time To Die.
Featuring iconic cars, gadgets and costumes from the latest 007 film, Bond in Motion - No Time To Die is a brand new exhibition opening at the National Motor Museum on the 15th October, shortly after the film's UK release on the 30th September 2021.
See iconic cars from the highly anticipated No Time To Die, including Bond's silver birch Aston Martin DB5, the Aston Martin V8, Land Rover Series III and new Defender 110, plus many more.
Get a first look at new gadgets from Q Branch, including Bond's Q-enhanced Omega Seamaster Diver 300M watch, alongside technical plans for vehicle designs and DB5 weapons.
Be the first to see the No Time To Die folding-wing glider. The full-size model will be suspended above Bond's iconic silver birch Aston Martin DB5, complete with a new LED number plate and machine guns.
As well as a fantastic line up of cars, gadgets and costumes from No Time To Die, the exhibition will feature a range of Bond merchandise available for you to buy in our gift shop and at 007store.com.
For more details and to plan your visit, please see here: Plan Your Visit | Beaulieu, New Forest
Haynes Motor Museum Press Release.
Seize the chance to meet model maker David Hayward, this October half term at Haynes International Motor Museum.
A must see for model-making enthusiasts is a new display of fabulously intricate, 1:12 scale replicas of cars in the Collection, commissioned by the late John Haynes OBE. Now beautifully displayed in the new exhibition ‘The Man, the Manuals and the
Museum’, on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th, October 10 am - 2 pm bespoke model maker, David Hayward will be on hand to talk all things model making! There’s also a brand-new family trail inspired by these models, where visitors can discover both the replicas and their life-sized inspiration.
All events are included with Museum entry, visit himm.co.uk for more details or to book your tickets.
More information on half term activities can be found here:
October Half Term Family Fun! | Haynes International Motor Museum (haynesmotormuseum.com)
Who remembers April 2021? Fresh out of lockdown, Gar Cole and a keen group of enthusiasts were keen to dust off their classics and get back on the road at last - and where better than beautiful Dorset in the South of England? Not only was the scenery as stunning as expected, even the weather was good for once (we don't have the best track record with weather on tour!).
For reasons that will be revealed soon, we have been practising creating YouTube videos using old photos and footage from past group events - the idea being primarily to improve our skills.
We were doing this yesterday using the Jurassic Coast Tour as practice. When it was done, we thought "That's not bad - why not let our members see this?" So here it is - not originally intended for public consumption, but why not?
We hope you enjoy it; if you do, please give it a 'Like' on YouTube and also subscribe to our channel so you get notified when we post new content there in the future.
British Motor Museum Press Release.
The British Motor Museum is to host its next FREE 'Gaydon Gathering' evening on Tuesday 14 September from 5pm – 8:30pm. The event, which was re-launched in April this year, is an informal evening aimed at motoring enthusiasts and is completely free to attend. These friendly gatherings take place outdoors on the Museum's arenas on the second Tuesday every month and see hundreds of vehicles of all makes and models on display. Pre-booking is essential.
At 6:30pm the Museum will present the 'Gaydon Garage' when the workshop doors open to reveal one of the fantastic vehicles from the collection that is not often seen out of the Museum. The vehicle will be driven out around the site for everyone to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells! Hints as to what the car is are posted each month on the Museum’s social media channels in the run up to the event!
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum stated:
Come along and enjoy a fantastic gathering. It doesn’t matter if you have a vehicle or not, or if your vehicle is British or not, if it’s a car, commercial, military, bus, motorbike, scooter, tractor or any other interesting vehicle, just bring it along. Be it classic, veteran, vintage or a modern classic – all are welcome. It’s an opportunity for petrol heads to indulge their passion with like-minded people - whilst having a burger and a drink, hopefully in the autumn sunshine!
Display vehicles will be parked in front of the Museum whilst there will be separate free parking for those that arrive in modern everyday vehicles. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments including burgers, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Please note that the Museum itself will not be open for the evening gatherings.
The last outdoor gathering for 2021 will take place on the Tuesday 12 October, then over the winter they will take the gatherings inside as a series of ‘Museum Lates’ - a chance to view elements of the collections in more detail. More information on these will follow shortly, but they will also take place on the second Tuesday evening of the month, in November, January and March and pre-booking will remain essential.
For more information and to book your FREE tickets for September’s Gaydon Gathering visit https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/whats-on/gaydon-gathering-september. Pre booking is essential.
VSSC Press Release.
The Vintage Sports-Car Club - founded in 1934 - has voted to allow post-war road-going sports cars to its ranks for the first time in its history. A proposal to admit selected cars built before the end of 1955 was put to its 5500 members and passed with a large majority.
The Club organises some 40 events a year, including 4 race meetings, and 5 hill climbs and sprints, which until now predominantly featured pre-war cars. Cars from the post-war period, of a type that competed in period, to factory standard specification, also allowing light modifications made in period, and fitted with drum brakes, will now be invited to apply to compete in these events starting from the 2022 season.
It expects cars such as Jaguar XK120, Austin Healey 100M, and MG T-Types to feature, but all models fitting the stated parameters will be invited to apply. If accepted, owners will be required to join the Club to be able to compete.
Club Secretary Tania Brown said:
We are now ready to extend our appeal to certain post-war cars that will compete against each other. We believe there are many drivers of such cars out there who would love to be part of the unique atmosphere of a VSCC event, and park up in our paddocks at Silverstone, Oulton Park, and Shelsley Walsh, alongside famous pre-war machines.
The Club also runs a number of non-speed events, including driving tests and navigation rallies, and these too will now become open to these cars. In racing, it already allows certain pre-1961 single seater cars to compete, however these rules will also be relaxed to allow rear-engined cars of any capacity to compete.
Tania Brown continued:
I am sure this move will be welcomed by the many classic car owners out there with original cars who would love to run their cars in competition, but may be deterred by the number of highly-developed cars they’d be up against. A warm welcome among passionate old car enthusiasts awaits them.
If you've been paying attention, you will already know we recently started a new YouTube channel to share video of group activities. Part and parcel of trying to build an audience on YouTube calls for a channel trailer which gives curious viewers a short taste of what to expect from the channel.
We premiered our very first trailer earlier today and you can view it below.
We hope it meets with your approval - if so, please remember to give it a 'like' and also subscribe on YouTube so you will be notified whenever we upload new content for you to enjoy. You might also like to share it with like-minded friends to encourage them to take a look and perhaps join the club.
We have some fantastic quality branded items to tempt you including headwear, car sun shades, badges and even an ever-so-slightly-grumpy teddy bear for that someone special in your life. All are quality items as you'd expect from your favourite car group.
Check out the online store now (click on the image) - everything is available for immediate despatch from stock.
Press Release from the FBHVC.
This Press Release is an FBHVC clarification on E10 fuel usage and labelling for historic vehicles. You can either read it below or download it to your device to read later.
Thanks to member Anthony Osborne for sharing this with us all.
In summary, FBHVC recommends:
"... all vehicles produced before 2000 and some vehicles from the early 2000s that are considered non-compatible with E10 should use the Super E5 Protection grade where the Ethanol content is limited to a maximum of 5%.
To check compatibility of vehicles produced since 2000, we recommend using the new online E10 compatibility checker: https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-e10-petrol however, please note that many manufacturers are missing and there are some discrepancies regarding particular models.
Additional information on vehicle compatibility issues is available on the FBHVC website https://fbhvc.co.uk/fuels."
Completing the online coverage of our recent Welsh tour is this short (7 mins) video featuring selected photographs and video clips from the weekend driving tour.
Our thanks go to all of the photographers for sharing their work with us; the video has been rendered in 4K quality to show your work to best effect.
You can choose to view it below or on our YouTube channel here.
NMM Press Release.
NMM “Live” Open Day – Sat 30th & Sun 31st October 2021
After the cancellation of the 2020 event due to Covid-19, Saturday and Sunday will see the museum return to hosting our 7th annual free open day when everyone will be invited to visit the museum collection free of charge*. Now one of the largest events in the biking calendar, there will also be a host of other free attractions including Henry Cole and Friends live on stage!
*Car parking charges apply.
Car parking for the event is just £10.00 per car with motorcycle parking absolutely free.
Food Court & Bar:
Fantastic catering provided by the museum’s chefs will be available in our Premier Suite food court & bar area.
Getting Here & Parking
Congratulations to all the proud owners whose cars were featured on our 2021 calendar for the month of September:
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