Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Why the Lakeland Motor Museum is well worth the visit

ONE of the great things about the TVR Car Club's gathering in Cumbria last weekend was that I could pay another visit to the cracking Lakeland Motor Museum.

I've been before to the Newby Bridge site but not with a camera good enough to show off the cornucopia of classics they've got stashed away in there, which prove a mouthwatering draw for any motoring enthusiast, no matter what their marque of preference is.

The museum's laid out logically enough, going chronologically from the dawn of motoring right through to the Eighties and Nineties, with the treasured exhibits including the world's oldest TVR, the Cumbrian-engineered Ford Focus rally car campaigned by the late, great Colin McCrae and a delivery-mileage, and a Bentley owned by speed record ace Donald Campbell, fittingly finished off in Bluebird colours.

In fact, speaking of the Bluebird legacy the site has an entire section dedicated to the machines of Malcolm and Donald Campbell, which is worth the admission price on its own. Seeing some of the Bluebirds boats and cars brought together in the same place for the first time, if you've got a passion for speed and machines, is a stirring sight.

The museum, as my emphatically non-petrolhead girlfriend told me afterwards, something you don't even have to be into cars to enjoy...


More information about the museum can be found by visiting the website or by calling 015395 30400. The postcode for your satnav, if you're thinking of going, is LA12 8TA.

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