The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu launched this week a new motorsport gallery, ‘A Chequered History’, honouring the history of the sport across circuit racing and off road.
The official launch on Thursday was attended by over seventy guests, with legendary broadcaster Murray Walker OBE and motorsport icon Sir Stirling Moss on hand to cut the ribbon.
The new exhibition has two displays, Grand Prix Greats and Road, Race and Rally, with a number of notable cars on display along with memorabilia and archive film and photos.
The Grand Prix Greats section incorporates cars from the history of Formula 1, from the 1920’s to the present day, while Road, Race and Rally has displays spanning touring cars, endurance racing, rallying, trials, hillclimb and drag racing.
Amongst the exhibits are a Williams-Renault FW18, as used by Damon Hill to win the 1996 Formula 1 world title, a prototype Ford RS200, the 1995 24 Hours of Spa winning BMW 320i Super Tourer and a 1981 Ford Escort Mk2 RS.
Sir Stirling Moss said: “I am delighted to be opening Beaulieu’s new motor sport displays featuring fabulous cars from both F1 and rallying, including several that I had the privilege to drive during my own racing career. It brings back many happy memories for me.”
“We are very pleased to be opening this latest phase of our re-development programme,” added the National Motor Museum Chief Executive, Russell Bowman.
“A Chequered History will bring to life the excitement of motor sport in all its forms, something at which this country excels. This follows the great reception received by our new Land Speed Record gallery in 2014.”
A Chequered History is now open to the public and sits alongside the museum’s extensive motor collection, an exhibition on British Land Speed Record attempts and the recently updated and extended World of Top Gear.
More details on the new gallery and ticket information can be found on the Beaulieu website: http://www.beaulieu.co.uk.
*Gallery Images: Simon Paice Media*