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National Motor Museum

The collection began as a display of five cars in the entrance hall of Palace House, the Montagu family home, and now features over 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history.

The collection began as a display of five cars in the entrance hall of Palace House, the Montagu family home, and now features over 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history.

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu tells the story of motoring in Britain from the pioneering origins in the 1890s to the present day.

The collection began as a display of five cars in the entrance hall of Palace House, the Montagu family home, and now features over 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history.

From the earliest motor carriages to legendary Land Speed Record holders, the National Motor Museum Trust’s collection of vehicles is world-famous, along with its extensive motoring artefacts and archives of film footage, images, documents and books which are housed in the Collections Centre.

In the museum, iconic record breakers include the 350hp and 1,000hp Sunbeams, Golden Arrow and Bluebird CN7. A Chequered History celebrates the adrenaline-fuelled world of motor sport devoted to Grand Prix Greats, which puts F1 on a pedestal with phenomenal machines such as the 1950 BRM V16 and Lotus 49, while Road, Race & Rally includes sports cars on the road.

Driving Change tells the story of motoring innovations, technologies and safety and makes predictions for alternative power in the future. Other popular features include The Motorcycle Story, Jack Tucker’s recreation of a 1930s garage, the World of Top Gear and On Screen Cars.

Beaulieu is also home to a calendar of internationally acclaimed events including the International Autojumble, which celebrates its 50th year in 2016, and a range of Simply rallies for marques from Ford to Aston Martin.

The museum is set in the picturesque grounds of the Beaulieu Estate and the attraction includes entry to the historic ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House, with rides on the high-level Monorail and replica 1912 open-topped London Bus. Tickets can be bought in advance online at www.beaulieu.co.uk or for more details call (44)1590 612345. For more information on the Collections see www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk

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