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I have been to the Sclumpf museum on three occasions. The entrance is now a bit slicker and the cars are more organised in age related sections with the "star" Bugattis now in a room with other "star" cars. It is well worth the visit. Give yourself a few hours plus time to enjoy a leisurely lunch in a choice of restaurants. There is a large car park much of it tarmac. There is a fee via collecting a tickets and paying at a machine but having done so I found the barrier was up anyway
We stayed here as part of a car club gathering. There is good level tarmac parking outside and garaging for more weather sensitive vehicles. The owners are very car orientated. The food is plentiful and sumptuous and the bar on a trust box level. Shows you what nice people these are. We were provided with excellent road books for a variety of routes through the breath-taking countryside but it would be easy to plans for yourself. The club are serial visitors with tours sold out well in advance, Highly recommended.
This museum has developed over the years and has improved every time we visit. Well and imaginatively laid out in a sensible time line with exhibits such as speed record cars in their own areas. Well worth going over to the workshop and overflow exhibits area. If you can get a tour of backstage take it. Good restaurant with variety of options. Large tarmac car park
Brooklands is a must for visitors of all ages. Racing cars, road cars, motorcycles, bicycles, buses and aeroplanes. If you have children go during school holidays as they run cars up the test hill and along the banking. The best £2 you will ever spend. Children are often allowed (under staff supervision) in one or two of the cars. Many of the aeroplanes are open to be visited. although Concorde will incur and extra cost The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. The restaurant offers a wide variety of fair at a reasonable price. For the non drivers licensed. Good parking on well compacted gravel. .Amazing value for such a huge variety of things to see and do.
We've just paid our first visit to the Motor Hub for a monthly breakfast. On our way back from an event the day before and with several hours drive to home we expected to stay no more than an hour. Three hours sped by before we noticed it. Great array of cars visiting and exotica already on site. The volunteers were really friendly and knowledgeable. Lots of food and drink available and of good quality and reasonable price. Interesting shop for some retail therapy before you leave. Lots of parking and cars were given plenty of room and not forced to be too close together.
We stayed here with friends to have a taxi run in the East Kirkby Lancaseter. The rooms are comfortable and large. The food tasty and varied. If you are staying several days they do very good deals. There is ample flat hard parking. The hotel makes good use of it's history as home for the Dambusters and you can have a pint of something leaning on the bar where Guy Gibson once drank. With lots to do in the area it's an ideal place to base yourself.
For the last 30 years we have attended the VSCC August hill climb at Prescott. It is a magical event like no other. A paddock full of beautiful and exotic pre-war cars, a museum full of Bugattis , a hill climb with a return road for non stop action and the all important orchard for an idyllic picnic. Weather permitting of course. There is also a very good restaurant and separate bar and burger stand if you don't feel picnic inclined. Presott runs lots of other hill climbs for a variety of clubs and cars. You can even have a go yourself with the proper preparation. Parking in the orchard is predictably on grass. There is a slight slope but nothing serious. If you attend August VSCC on Sunday and are in a non VSCC car you will have to park in an adjoining field which is steep and usually with fairly long grass. You have been warned
This is an excellent hotel with first class facilities. Perfect for staying overnight before an early start at Brooklands or Mercedes Benz world. Good level, tarmac parking. Restaurant can get very busy at weekends so best to book
Gurston Down is a little gem of a location. Set in lovely Wiltshire countryside it has a variety of events from classic to Ferrari championship. Good views of most of the climb and a couple of tasty corners for competitors to master. No return road however. Also like most hill climbs it has it's own micro-climate so take clothes for all weathers. Lots of space for picnics. Parking is on grass and a gentle incline.
This is a museum of many parts with something for everyone to enjoy. A time line of vehicle with extra displays of different periods. A 60's street scene and a 30's garage as examples. Collections of motorbikes, pedal bikes and cars and military vehicles. Plus a huge collection of automobilia. In a separate building are replicas of cars and boats of the Campbell family. Parking is good on a level tarmac area. Nice cafe for afternoon tea with huge scones to slake the largest appetite. All this and situated in the glories of the Lake District
This is our local museum and one we visit frequently. cars from all periods inhabit the main museum building as well as a dressed street scene and a 30's garage. On the mezzanine are motorbikes. There is a display area of Land Speed record cars and lots of displays of motor related artifacts. Beaulieu house itself is well worth a trip round and there is also a riverside walk and the abbey buildings. Extensive hard surface parking, a restaurant and plenty of room for picnics. If you go on Autojumble weekends the entrance fee is a better price and you can always pick up a bargain along the way.
This is a great collection of motorbikes from all eras, nations and uses. Sammy Miller is often about and if so is happy to show people around the workshop and start up a few bikes. Also on display is his collection of over 1000 trophies. There is good parking on a level tarmac area but on busy days cars especially are parked on well cut grass. There is an excellent restaurant which does an especially good breakfast.
Brands Hatch must be one of the great motor racing circuits of the world. For the track has elevation.. And what elevation. It plunges down from Brabham Straight round Paddock bend on an adverse camber before a mighty climb to Druids. Back down again to a further adverse camber of Graham Hill Bend which is very slippery in the wet. Staying on the Indy circuit it once again rises to Clearways before starting the whole thing over again along the past the finishing line. Try doing this in a 60 year old car with no seat belts behind a Lamborghini pace car ignoring it's speed restriction on a damp track. All this can be seen from nearly everywhere around the perimeter . Although you will have to take a walk to see right around the Grand Prix circuit. Lots of good level hard parking, a nice little restaurant, a few shops for retail therapy and it makes you wonder how Brands lost the British Grand Prix. Magic.
Portmeirion was the location for the exterior shots of the 60's cult classic "The Prisoner". The village is a bizarre collection of Italianate buildings and trompe l'oeil decoration set on it's own peninsular beside the River Dwyryd and surrounded by lush woodland. It is a fantasy destination. The hotel within the village is the former home of it's creator Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It is Grade II listed and was upgraded in 2001 . It is is a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Bedrooms are large and the Art Deco restaurant has 2 rosettes. There are ample relaxing lounges and outside space. Each room has designated parking on a flat tarmac area. There is further accommodation in the village itself situated in the upper stories of the buildings. These too have allocated parking but are much less protected from general visitors and commercial village traffic. While this is not a cheap hotel it does offer excellent all inclusive deals that are well worth looking into.
Of course the Goodwood circuit has the Members Meeting, the Revival and Breakfasts but look at their online calendar and there are a huge variety of events at other times. Car clubs, charities photo shoots are often to be found. On one occasion we were fortunate enough to be there when a chance was offered to drive the circuit behind a pace car. It was supposed to be going round at 30 mph but it was still leaving us behind as we hit 100 down Lavant Straight. Another time we came across Revival "rookie" drivers proving their abilities along side the more experienced shaking down their cars. A mini Revival almost all to ourselves. You may not be able to walk right round the track but you will be able to watch from the pit lane roof and the control tower.
The Louwman museum has a collection of the rare, the quirky and the simply fabulous. Housed in a building designed to be reminiscent of coach house it is situated in a magnificent park adjacent to a Royal Palace and enclosed by a canal. The collection is divided into four themes. Car Nations, Motoring (a time line), Racing and Luxury. There is the exotica of the Docker Daimler golden Zebra and the Cygnet Baby Swan. The much loved, for they have both the Darracq and the Spyker from the film "Geneveive" and the lust inducing Dusenberg Model SJ among so many, many others. A collection of micro cars is as mundane as it gets. So many beautiful cars any of which we would have been happy to take home. You may well come across Mr Louwman who is approachable and happy to chat about his collection. Just don't stand next to him at an auction as his pockets are deep
While the pits and grandstands are a great place to visit any fan of 50's and 60's GPs (after all Britain's first World Champion Mike Hawthorn won his first GP here after a titanic tussle with Fangio) it's well worth driving the rest of the circuit. This is primarily a triangle (with a dog-leg) on the D27, D26 and N31. A good surface and clear views only the roundabouts spoil the illusion.
Wiscombe is a lovely hill climb location set in beautiful countryside. The paddock is sited opposite the nineteenth century Gothic country house and competitors are always happy to chat about their cars and their histories.. The hill climb itself is 1000 yards long crossing a stream via a stone bridge just after the start before rising steeply through woodland. There is no return road so cars return in groups down the hill. Lots of room for picnics or there is usually some catering on event days. Public parking is on grass and on quite a a bit of a slope. A steep walk back at the end of the day
The Ferrari Museum in Maranello is well worth a dropping in if you are visiting the home of the Prancing Horse. A timeline of cars show the development of the marque illustrating how it's racing pedigree has influenced road car design through the years. Other exhibitions vary depending on what is currently to be celebrated in the makes history. There is also a Pit Stop experience and a F1 simulator driving any current track you fancy. You can purchase a tour of the Factory but this will only be by bus and with no photography allowed. While the Ferrari Store just down the road always has a display of Automobilia as well as plenty to buy. The restaurant is as you would expect stylish but somewhat limited in it's range.
When Mercedes Benz first bought the site within the confines of the old Brooklands Circuit there was much huffing and puffing from the old guard about it not being the appropriate company to do so. Never raced there don't yer know. However, it has proved a great asset to the site bringing motor enthusiasts of all generations and preserving some of the historic track. There is a fine display of historic and modern Mercedes and a good nod to it's current dominance of F1. Lots of hard level parking, a couple of eateries and a well stocked shop. Outside you can play on the skid pan or drive the purpose built test track. Hours of fun for all ages.
The Morgan Factory visit is one like no other. A cross between a garage, a carpentry shop and an upholsterers there is not a robot to be seen. A few historic cars sit in the foyer whetting your appetite for the tour ahead. Inside it is truly like stepping back into the past. Everything hand crafted. Ash frames created and constructed in the old fashioned way. Body work shaped on an "English Wheel" in a workshop equiped to die for. Rolling chassis are taken across the "road" to another building for paintwork. Then over to the trimmers before a test drive and final fettle. So British.