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  1. Unique gift ideas from the British Motor Museum!

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    The British Motor Museum has everything all wrapped up for Christmas whether it’s a day out admiring over 300 British classic cars or a thoughtful and unique gift! The Museums gift voucher includes 2 admission tickets and a souvenir guidebook as a memento. The gift, which is attractively presented in a red envelope, costs just £25+p&p, a saving of £6.

    Treat someone by signing them up to one of the motoring related workshops which run in the spring and autumn. These include ‘Is a Classic Car for you’ and ‘Living with a Classic Part 1 & 2’ all ofwhich are aimed at those who wish to buy or own a classic car. There’s also a range of motoring photography workshops for beginner’s right up to lighting and home studio workshops.

    Heritage Certificates are an ideal gift for anyone who owns a cherished classic car and are available from just £43 plus P&P.  The Certificate is an official ‘Certified Copy of a Factory Record’ showing the car’s specification as it left the production line. Details are taken from the original production records created by many of the leading British motor manufacturers.  Dates, in order to get delivery before Christmas, are 1 December for UK first class or 24 November for the USA, Canada, and EU & Western Europe.

    The Museum’s online shop also stocks a range of motoring gifts from DVDs featuring marque specific archive footage including Triumph, Austin Healey, BMC, Mini and many more - to novelty motoring themed items. If pictures are a more suitable gift then choose from thousands of British Motor Industry Heritage Trust archive photos using the online picture library – Available as a framed print, canvas or collage, you will find a wide variety of attractive historical images featuring famous marques  such as Austin Healey, Triumph, MG, Rover, Land Rover, Austin, Morris, Riley and Wolseley. There are also attractive advertising posters and colourful scenic pictures from the 1950s to the 1980s.


    To find out more about the British Motor Museum and gift ideas please visit For more details on the Heritage Certificates including a full list and date range of cars that can be provided visit

  2. Sir Jackie Stewart unveils new BRM-Rover painting at the British Motor Museum

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    Sir Jackie Stewart unveiled a new oil painting of himself driving the Rover-BRM gas turbine racing car in 1965 at the British Motor Museum on 29 September. The painting was commissioned by the Museum following a very generous donation from David Owen OBE and Rubery Owen. The Owen Organisation were owners of the BRM racing team. The special event was also attended by renowned motoring and aviation artist, Michael Turner who was commissioned to paint the work and Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief of Autocar magazine who chaired a Q&A session.  Sir Jackie Stewart unveils new BRM-Rover painting at the British Motor Muse

    It was a chance conversation between Sir Alfred Owen and Rover's boss William Martin-Hurst that led to the creation of the Rover-BRM gas turbine racing car. It first competed with Formula One drivers Graham Hill and Ritchie Ginther in 1963, securing a prize for the first gas turbine powered car to complete the Le Mans 24 hour race. In 1965 a much updated Rover-BRM returned to Le Mans when Hill was joined by BRM teammate Jackie Stewart (now Sir Jackie) where it finished the race in 10th place, the first all-British car home.


    Michael Turner had previously painted the Rover-BRM, in action at Le Mans in 1963, with Graham Hill at the wheel. His new painting, with Sir Jackie Stewart in the driver’s seat in 1965 depicts the Rover-BRM closely followed by the eventual race winner, the number 21 Ferrari 250LM of Rindt and Gregory, together with Jack Sears and Dick Thompson's AC Cobra Daytona coupé and the Thuner/Lampinen number 60 Triumph Spitfire, which would finish 10 laps behind the gas turbine car. The detail in the scene is made ever more evocative as Michael was there at Le Mans in 1965 to watch the Rover-BRM in person, capturing his own set of photographs.


    When asked what the car was like to drive, Sir Jackie commented “It was bloody awful but there was nothing like it at the time! Driving the car at Le Mans was a revolution. The painting, too, is wonderful and a real piece of history. Michael is one of the best motor-racing artists and there are not many artists that can approach what this man can do. I have many of his paintings at home and in Switzerland. It’s not easy to portray the cars in the right way, for example to get the tyres to behave accurately - but Michael does it”.


    Stephen Laing, Curator at the British Motor Museum said “We are delighted to have been able to commission this wonderful painting, made possible by Sir Alfred's son, David Owen OBE who is a keen supporter of the Museum. It was a great privilege that Sir Jackie Stewart was able to unveil the painting which will be hung next to the Rover-BRM, one of the most prestigious cars in the Museum’s collection”.

    Museum entry is £14.50 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, £9 for children (5-16 years) and under 5s are FREE. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost.

    To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit call 01926 641188.

  3. British Motor Museum strengthens sales team following MICE facilities refurbishment

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    Following the refurbishment of its MICE facilities and re-opening its conference and event space for corporate hire, the British Motor Museum has appointed two new Senior Sales Managers to strengthen the Conference & Bookings Team.  Charlotte Dawes and Toby Batchelor will be responsible for generating new business and re-connecting with past customers and agencies.

    Charlotte has worked both agency and venue side and has extensive knowledge of both. She previously worked as Business Development Manager at The Manufacturing Technology Centre and prior to that worked at the NAEC Stoneleigh focusing on exhibitions and outdoor events. 

    Toby has spent the last six years in the direct mail industry in Business Development and latterly in the role of Managing Director. Prior to that, he had 10 years of advertising sales experience with Trinity Mirror, now part of Reach Plc.

    Charlotte said, “I am looking forward to spreading the word that the British Motor Museum has re-launched its MICE business and helping our clients create amazing events. There is so much potential at the Museum with great road access, free parking, excellent branding opportunities and for those looking for that special experience, the chance to dine in the Museum amongst the classic British cars”.

    Toby said “My role will give me the opportunity to leverage all that I have learnt from advertising and marketing and apply it to the vibrant conference and events sector. I’m keen to work with our clients to ensure that their objectives are met and that their delegates and guests have a memorable experience.  The fact that the events and conference revenue helps to preserve our automotive history is also a great plus”.

    The venues recent refurbishment included its new look, re-named roof top rooms, ‘Sky Suite’ for up to 200 theatre-style and 240 for dining.  The suite features stunning panoramic views over the Warwickshire countryside as well as a private roof-terrace to further enhance event options.   The ‘Conference & Exhibition Suite’, seats up to 600 theatre style, and the ‘Lecture Suite’, seats up to 150 theatre style and all have been refurbished.  Additional doors have been installed into the Lecture Suite to provide a second suite with vehicular access. The venues flexible room arrangements offer 2,000 sqm of internal exhibition space which includes a 680 sqm Exhibition Gallery, with an additional 20 rooms for smaller meetings seating up to 50 delegates.

    Set in 65 acres, the impressive external event space is licensed for up to 5,000 visitors making the British Motor Museum a unique environment for meetings, conferences, exhibitions, weddings, events and product launches.

    To find out more about venue hire and conferencing please visit the website at For more information or  to make an enquiry contact the Bookings Team on  01926 649649 or email [email protected]

  4. 'Banbury Run' - 71 years old and still going strong!

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    The VMCC Banbury Run might be 71 years old but it still manages to attract the largest gathering of pre-1931 classic bikes in the world. Around 500 veteran and vintage motorcycles will ride out from the British Motor Museum on various routes as they make their way to Banbury on Sunday 16 June. The routes vary between 30 and 60 miles and many will hope to make them without breaking down! VMCC Banbury Run

    Viewing areas in the Museum grounds will give spectators the chance to see the motorcycles start up as they begin their nostalgic Run. Riders will depart at 5 per minute from 10am with the last leaving at 12noon. Riders will begin to return to the Museum from 12:30pm.The event is supported by the Banbury Town Mayor who will be starting all the competitors on their journeys including scaling Sun Rising Hill at Edgehill.

    There will also be Club and Trade Stands, over 100 Autojumble pitches and special interest displays. This year the event will take place on one site without the need for shuttle buses. There is now a newly extended car park and new road layout giving easier access to the M40.

    Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum stated “The VMCC Banbury Run is aimed at those who enjoy the thrill of riding out with other Vintage, Veteran & Pioneer bikesIts amazing that the Run is now 71 years old and still going strong. With many of the vehicles over 100 years old it’s not surprising that some don’t make the journey to Banbury!”

    The Museum will be open from 9am – 5pm. Spectator tickets for the Run cost £9 in advance or £11 on the day for adults and concessions, children cost £7 advance or £9 on the day. All tickets include entry to the Museum and Collections Centre. Camping is also available on the Saturday and Sunday night for a discounted advance price of £26 per pitch for 1 night or £34 per pitch for 2 or 3 nights.

    To find out more about the Banbury Run visit, for more information on the British Motor Museum please visit  or call 01926 641188.

  5. Halloween Spooky Spectacular Science Show at the British Motor Museum

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    This Halloween on Wednesday 31 October, come and join ‘Professor Pickle’ and ‘Doctor Pumpkin’ for a Halloween Spooky Spectacular Science Show at the British Motor Museum.‘Professor Pickle’ and ‘Doctor Pumpkin’ will treat everyone to a 25 minute live spectacular full of cool interactive demonstrations and spooky science. The shows run at 11am, 1pm and 2pm for one day only.

    Children can also enjoy the Halloween Black Cat Trail and search the Museum for the hidden cats, to discover, with a torch, the colour of each cat’s eyes! This trail will be running throughout the Warwickshire half term, from 27 October – 4 November. Also during this holiday the Museum is inviting children of all ages to put their detective caps on and help the Museum’s Junior Designer find the Missing Plans! Young detectives can meet the costumed guides at the Family Activity Station at 11am, 1pm or 2pm, where they will be briefed on the case. This is a fun interactive family trail suitable for all ages and available every day except Halloween (31 October). Keeping with the detective theme, children can also learn how to write secret messages or create their own secret car plans with invisible ink in the Secret Agent Lab.

    Emma Rawlinson, Life Long Learning Officer at the British Motor Museum said “We have plenty of fun to keep all the family entertained this half-term, with our trails, Secret Agent Skills andHalloween Spooky Spectacular Science Show, as well asover 300 British classic cars to explore!”

    All activities are included in the Museum entry price: Adults £14, Children £9 (5-16 years) under 5’s free, Concessions £12 & a Family £39 (2 adults & up to 3 children). Buy 1 day and get 12 months free if you Gift Aid your entrance. Please note spaces for the Halloween Spooky Spectacular Science Show will be limited, so visitors are encouraged to sign up at the Family Station on arrival. To find out more information about October half-term activities please visit the website at or call 01926 641188.