by Paul Sweeney
I have news for those interested in the fate of the late, great Ian Hope's amazing British car collection. I was contacted this week by Perry, one of Ian's nephews.
Perry is one of three trustees appointed by Ian to manage his affairs. Perry told me that whilst the museum is currently closed to visitors, he and the other trustees intend honouring Ian's memory by doing their best to preserve his collection intact.
There is much to do - not least making the premises safer for the public - and there are already generous offers of help and support coming in from the classic car fraternity. One very caring individual has even offered to buy the entire collection and maintain it as a museum in the same location in the event the trustees conclude that running it is too much for them.
Currently there is no timeline for reopening, but whilst there is much to work through, it's looking a little more hopeful. Watch this space - I will post updates as and when I hear more in the coming weeks and months.