The British Motor Museum in Gaydon is home to the world’s most impressive collection of historic British Cars, more than 400, spanning the classic, vintage and veteran eras. But this summer, the museum shifts into high gear with a supercharged calendar of events that’s chock-a-block with fun activities, rallies and events for all ages.
Brand new this year is the Italian Wheels event on September 16, a celebration of Italian supercars, scooters and even tractors.The British Motor Museum also kicked off a brand-new exhibition entitled “The Gallery: Auto Art at the British Motor Museum”, which will run until 30 June 2023. The exhibition features a collection of more than 30 motoring-related pieces from seven of Britain’s most creative automotive artists and sculptors.
Best of all—the award-winning museum is freezing ticket prices at 2022 rates.
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum, said, “We’re really looking forward to 2023 with an action-packed schedule that is sure to delight show-goers and visitors. As well as our much-loved and popular shows, we also look forward to hosting some brand new shows and welcoming visitors who might not have been to the British Motor Museum before”.
What’s On This Summer?
Summer is here, which means there’s loads of time to take part in the activities, shows and events
Some of this summer’s highlights include:
-The Gaydon Gathering, an informal evening that takes place outdoors on the Museum’s arenas on the second Tuesday every month, bringing hundreds of vehicles of all makes and models. Future Gaydon Gathering dates are 11 July, 8 August, 12 September and 10 October.
–Mini Motorists Mondays are back. Head down to the museum with your little one every 3rd Monday of the month from 10.30am to 12pm for imaginative play and a story.
-Popular shows include the Banbury Run on 18 June, the largest gathering of motorcycles and three-wheelers produced before 1931, with up to 500 entrants.
-If you like Fords, then you’ll love the Ford Nationals on 25 June, featuring hundreds of modern, classic and commercial Ford vehicles.
-The British Motor Museum has partnered with the Transport Museum Wythall for a July 1 event that expects more than a hundred vintage and modern buses from all across the country at the annual Wythall BusFest at Gaydon . The show is well on its way to becoming the largest bus rally in the UK.
– The BMC & Leyland Show on 9 July celebrates two landmark anniversaries of British motoring; 50 years of the Austin Allegro and 40 years of the Austin Maestro.
– On 23 July, one ticket lets you in on the Old Ford Rally and the Rootes Heritage Day, two spectacular displays of vintage cars like you’ve never seen before.
-For the first time since 1998, Saab Clubs from around the world will be coming together to show off and celebrate this famous Swedish marque during Saab International to take place 5 and 6 August.
-The Aston Martin Heritage Festival rolls in on 9 August. This year is particularly special as the Aston Martin Heritage Trust celebrates its 25th birthday.
-The Retro Truck Show on 9 – 10 September is mainly dedicated to trucks produced between 1972 and 2002. They come from all over the UK and Europe, notably France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
There’s a lot more to explore at the British Motor Museum. Don’t miss a minute this summer.
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Author bio: Lyn Funnell