Motor Museums & Car shows UK worth a visit

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    I find that a motor museum or car show makes a great way to spend a few hours, especially now that the spring and summer are on the way, though admittedly I've done only a few of the big museums and a couple of the big car shows based in the south and midlands.

    There must be loads of venues though (even if tiny in comparison to the NEC!) that might not be well known to many, so if anyone has any good recommendations for museums and shows, no matter how big or small, whether situated in a city or a tiny village throughout the UK, feel free to share their location and thoughts on them. :)
     
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    Spent a few hours at Gaydon Motor Museum last year some fab cars there. Doncaster has a good Car show. A mix of all sorts some custom and some old classics. Saw a lavender E type there and it was the original colour, gorgeous.
     
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    Beaulieu if they still have the Bond In Motion exhibition.
     
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    I went to a small car show in Blackpool last year, had a nice time looking round and taking photos...here are some of my photos at the show...Car show 16/08/2015
    There are lots of small shows like this all over the place...Facebook has lots of them if you use it and can search.
     
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    The Silverstone classic is superb with the added bonus of being able to see the cars being driven.
     
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    I guess it depends a bit on what you're interested in? I prefer seeing cars in motion to them roped off and polished.

    I have a mate who races in Formula Jedi and I go and see him racing when they come to my nearest circuit, Snetterton. There are other club races and usually some representation by the owners clubs - Alfa were there this year, TVR last.
    The place is pretty empty and the pits are open so you can go and look at the cars, chat to the teams and see the action from where ever you like on the track as there are no crowds.
    BRSCC Jedi Championship + others at Snetterton Circuit

    I also went to the Lotus festival of speed a few years back which had a lot of historic cars lined up AND a lot in action on the track. Much busier though!
    Lotus Festival 2010

    If you've got a circuit near by then have a look at the calendar and see if anything floats your boat.
     
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    Nice pics @car-man :smashin:. I still visit the local car shows (off to the Darling Buds classic car show and Amberley classic car show in July), but no longer exhibit my classics at them due to little kids getting their hand prints all over them!
     
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    I love to see the classics, It's a pity you get problems at the shows.
     
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    Coventry has an awesome Transport Museum. Evolution of cars and bicycles on display. Usually get to see the fastest land vehicle, Thrust SSC, on display and a full sized model of the Bloodhound. I've seen the Back to the Future Delorean there too and the Jaguar CX-75 from the new James Bond movie.

    Good afternoon out for whole family. Amazing fact? It's free! Seriously

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    The Motor Museum at Gaydon is well worth a visit. If you have some Tesco Clubcard you can convert them online for entry vouchers.
     
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    Been to the Classic show, will be going to the next one. Definitely worth a look.
     
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    Cleveleys car show is a great one up here in the North West. Really big show with lots of manufacturers:

    The Cleveleys Car Show
     
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    There's also a good motor museum in Hayes, West London, there are some classics and also some retro mods.
     
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    There will be a London Motor Show this year, at Battersea Park. Lots of current vehicles on display, demonstrations of new technology and test drives available. They are also having a display of more esoteric vehicles as well I gather. The London Motor Show
     
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    Brooklands. Loads of cars and planes, Mercedes Benz world is also Next door.

    They also host many car club meets/shows so if you go at the right time you get two for the price of one

    Brooklands Museum
     
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    Thanks for that, I'll be there!
     
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    We did Brooklands last Friday and, even though it's not huge, it was the best four hours I've spent in a while. We even went on Concorde and got a certificate to prove it!!

    We also did the car show at Leeds Castle a couple of weeks back and it was mobbed...probably wouldn't do that one again. :/

    Booked in for the Classic Car show at the NEC again for November this year. Did it a couple of years ago and had an excellent day, and the bars are good there lol.

    Hopefully doing the Haines museum again this summer as that was fantastic too.
     
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    Car show! Well sort of

    Goodwood - Festival of Speed)

    It's not really a car show but it is sort of a museum, albeit one that moves and very quickly at times. There's lots of cars, some modern some very old, some cheap, some very very expensive. It's great to walk around the pits and you can really get amongst it and everyone's real friendly.

    Aswell as a car show/museum, it's also a race event. Nearly every car there takes part in the timed hill climb and it's probably as close as you'll ever get to the real earsplitting thunderous action as is possible. At the middle of the straight you are about 25ft away and when a full blown nascar or V8 f1 passes you on full chat you cannot hear yourself think.

    It's also a great place for celebrity spotting and most ex race drivers are real people and actually speak to you like your a real human being, opposed to the other sort of celebrity.

    It's 3 day event, I've been 3 times and Sunday seems to be the best day as it's the last and it's party time for the participants.

    Ok, it's not a cheap day but you get what you pay for. Great assortment of food and drink to be had for all sorts of budgets. The champagne and caviar tent doesn't quite do it for me but it seems to for loads as its packed most of the day.
     
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    Goodwood will always be in the top places to see "car porn"
    But it can get a bit "classy" in places at times . And some of the costs are madness

    But we are a little spoilt when it comes to the " FOS" . So we get to go where the public don't go ! And eat and drink like Rock stars !

    The other amazing place is Robert Lewis's private collection in Churt .
    Not easy to visit . But a rather eclectic collection .
     
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    I did Goodwood FOS once (Sunday), but never again as it was just far too busy for me.

    I'm not good with crowds at the best of times but it was insane.

    The traffic beforehand, the queue to get in, and then fighting against the waves of people to get from one area to another ruined the experience for me unfortunately. :/

    I spent the afternoon in the Veuve Clicquot area sitting outside getting wasted in the sun as that was one of the only places that had breathing space!
     
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    That's. How I would describe it.
    You get the feeling it's a little over crowded and there is a strong feeling off"them and Us "

    The last 2 years we had Zero restrictions for access and due to the type of invite . We went smart casual .
    This is what I found . The general public enjoy themselves . Most of the people who have paid fortunes to get into Cartier etc really demand too much and act a little arrogant ar times . There is a great display of old and new money and it's ugly !

    Then you have a very very small group . That is ultra old money . Dress like a mix of oxfam and G&H
    Having a great time , most of them and their grown up kids totally off their heads ! Not worried about trying to get into Veuve or Cartier etc
    As they can get into a place far better and certainly more private . And seriously more fun .
     
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    Oh, and there is no queue to get in if you know people and have the right pass and badge
     
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    I had a pass for Jaguar's hospitality tent but found the Veuve tent much more laid back, and surprisingly I didn't have to listen to yet another 'Tarquin' in his tweed jacket gushing over some aristotwat's daughter with horse teeth.
     
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    Yes ! There is a lot of that going on.
    But the higher you go the easier it gets . I would honestly say that once people have stopped worrying about what ever dress code people expect etc . Then you know you have "arrived " !
    Some of the people looked liked classic "old money tramps" .

    Not sure if we will get the same invite next year . But would be great as I picked up some new clients there .
    The other thing is , I think it going to get a lot "worse" as the commercial growth planned around "Goodwood" is possible going to ruin it .
     
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    Did a tour of the Mini factory in Oxford yesterday and it was absolutely fascinating. It lasted about two hours and we were shown every part of the production run apart from the paintshop due to possible contamination.

    Watching 1000 robots dancing away over an enormous area is something I'll never forget.

    Just a shame we couldn't take cameras or phones in. :/

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    Is that something anybody can do?
     

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