The hot pink cab made famous by cult BBC comedy The League of Gentlemen is to be showcased at Beaulieu as part of its On Screen Cars exhibition.
The display features favourites from TV and film, and the distinctive 2005 Citroen Dispatch will make a strong contribution to the collection.
Babs who is voiced by one of the show’s writers, Steve Pemberton – initially drove a bright pink Mazda minicab when the series aired in 1999. When the show was revived for the 20th anniversary of its radio debut in 2017, Barbara had upgraded to her wheelchair accessible Citroen Dispatch.
In the award-winning comedy, the people carrier is driven by transgender Barbara Tattsyrup (née Dixon), the owner of Bab’s Cabs in Royston Vasey.
Viewers only ever see a glimpse of her hands and legs on the programme, although she is a champion of LGBTQ rights, insisting on gender neutral pronouns from her passengers in the tiny, fictional town.
Bab’s cab joins an impressive roster of automotive celebrities as part of the Beaulieu showcase, on the edge of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire.
Among the line-up is James Bond’s classic Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day, Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Supervan from Only Fools and Horses, the lime green classic Mini driven by Mr Bean, the Piaggio Ape driven as a getaway car by Edina and Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Rupert Grint’s flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!
An entry ticket to the exhibition also includes general admission to the rest of the attractions at Beaulieu village, including FJ's partners at the National Motor Museum, the new-look World of Top Gear and the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House.
You will of course also be able to stroll around the beautiful Beaulieu Abbey and its stunning gardens.
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