The National Motor Museum
Founded by the 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu in 1952, as a tribute to his father, who was one of the great pioneers of motoring. 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the National Motor Museum (and the 60th anniversary of Beaulieu opening its doors to the public).
Admission to The National Motor Museum also includes entrance to the following attractions:
The museum offers full disabled access.
The Bond In Motion Exhibition
The Bond In Motion exhibition at the National Motor Museum is the world’s largest collection of original James Bond vehicles. The Bond in Motion exhibition runs until the 5th January 2014. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series and as this exhibit is testament to the 007 legacy.
On Screen Cars
As well as the automotive stars of the Bond films you will find such petroleum powered stars including: Mr Bean’s mini, The Only Fools and Horses Reliant Regal (no it’s not a Robin) three wheeled van, the De Lorean from Back to the Future, and the Harry Potter Ford Anglia 105E flying car.
The World of Top Gear
If you like Top Gear, you’ll be interested to know that the motor museum hosts the World of Top Gear exhibition, including behind the scenes footage from the show.
New for 2011, the Feats of Endurance exhibition displays vehicles which have truly challenged extreme conditions and difficult terrain over the years.
World Record Breaking Cars
Beaulieu has a fantastic collection of record breaking cars including Henry Segrave’s 1000hp Sunbeam and his 1929 Golden Arrow car plus Donald Campbell’s iconic Bluebird.
From classic British sports cars like the beautiful Jaguar E Type shown below to some cars from the earliest days of motoring to cars which heralded the onset of motoring for the people with affordable mass produced cars from Ford and other manufacturers.