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GRAND OPENING OF NEW HAYNES INTERNATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM – WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL 2014

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· Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, to open new Museum

· £5 million modernisation project hosts new exhibits, including over 400 cars and motorcycles

· Three new exhibition halls; two modernised halls; interactive displays and virtual reality interpretation; Haynes Motorland Children’s adventure play zone, suite of function rooms, Café 750 and Museum shop, all to be opened

Haynes International Motor MuseumOn 16 April 2014 Guest of Honour, the Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, will officially open the new Haynes International Motor Museum, in Sparkford, Somerset showcasing some of the greatest cars from around the world.

After over ten years of planning, two and a half years of building work and a privately funded £5 million investment, the new Museum, which is an educational charitable trust, will be one of the UK’s top visitor attractions.

Three new exhibition halls

With three new exhibition halls – Minis and Micros, Century of Supercars, Motorcycle Mezzanine – the Museum offers a tour through time and geographies, with each room themed, from the American Room, Dawn of Motoring, Veteran, Vintage & Pre-War Classics, the famous Red Room, to some of our own classic British family cars in ‘Memory Lane’, the British Motorcycle Collection and the world’s largest collection of Speedway Motorbikes and memorabilia.

As well as having capacity to further grow the collection, the new Museum is increasingly interactive and modern with more functionality and displays than ever before, including a leading edge reality experience where visitors can ‘virtually’ re-spray a real Mini motorcar. The new façade gives an impressive glass s-shaped entrance foyer leading into the Museum where, beyond the exhibition halls, there is the new Haynes Motorland Children’s adventure play zone, and the well established workshops where the cars are kept in full working order. Off the new entrance foyer lies Café 750 with private dinning space and the ‘Engine Rooms’ suite of function rooms.

Speaking about the new development John H. Haynes OBE, Chairman of Haynes International Motor Museum, commented: “I could never have dreamed when I started out that, nearly thirty years on, we would be in a position to unveil what I believe is one of the greatest motoring collections. Now space is no longer an issue, I am looking forward to continuing to build the collection with more iconic cars and motorcycles from across the globe, shared with all age groups and backgrounds, whether enthusiasts, families or tourists. I hope the increased facilities will encourage guests to spend a day here and really enjoy the range’s breadth and the story behind each exhibit.”

Marc Haynes, Managing Director of Haynes International Motor Museum, added: “It is very exciting to be launching our new Museum. The whole Museum team is delighted with what has been achieved in this major project and looks forward to continuing to grow the interpretation and collections. This is also good news for the economy. We have used local contractors during the course of construction, already been recruiting new staff and expect the new Museum will bring additional tourism, not only to the local area but to the South West as a whole and even to the UK, not to mention making a great venue for a function, wedding or memorable event.”

www.haynesmotormuseum.co.uk

 

A life time dream

First established in 1985 by John H. Haynes OBE with just 33 cars, the new Museum will now house over 400 cars and motorcycles from around the world. These date from a remarkable exact working replica of the first production car ever made - an 1885 Benz - to the present day, from the mighty AC Cobra, elegant Rolls Royce Phantom Two Sedanca Deville, 1930 Morris Oxford Six Saloon to King Edward VII’s 1905 impressive Daimler Detachable Top Limousine.

 

As a charitable trust, John Haynes’ original goal – to share his private collection of historic cars for the enjoyment of anyone from anywhere in the world be they fellow enthusiasts, families, tourists, or schools alike, whilst also continuing to have an educational value giving insight into the historical development and evolution of motorcars and engineering – has remained at the forefront of this project.

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