The largest car museum in the UK has just had a £5million valet and brush up!
The Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford, Yeovil in Somerset has classy bodywork to show off to the public and it has also extended its car exhibition space by a third!
The museum has a brand coach and car park right in front of the main entrance. It now has a modern café that has doubled in size and virtually no more queuing in bad weather outside to gain entry to the museum complex with a huge airy entrance area to help welcome its visitors inside. In all it will be a totally experience for the guests that plan to visit from now on.
The museum was re-opened by The Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture for the UK.
According to Curatorial Director Mike Penn “The museum design will give us space to show off our many hundreds of exhibits in a the most contemporary way. We have had the builders working with us for many months so its wonderful to have this all finished now and we can get on and do what we do best show off our wonderful car collection.”
The Haynes family was there in numbers John, Marc and Chris to see their baby that started many years ago with just 33 cars and a motor bike in the former sawmill grow by over ten times. The cars are kept in full working order and that keeps the workshop busy all the time and not only that staff and volunteers are constantly keeping them dusted and polished and in perfect condition.
John H Haynes, OBE, Founder and Chairman said: “When I started out nearly 30 years ago I never thought that we would be in a position to unveil one of the greatest motoring collections in the UK”.
He added: “Space is no longer an issue. I want to build a collection of more iconic cars and motorcycles from across the world. I know that the facilities will encourage guests to spend longer here as we think there is so much more to see and experience now”.
Around 300 cars of all ages and from many countries are on display not all shown in the museum but they are changed around from time to time in order to allow for maintainence and work with planned display themes and future events.
The rarest car on show is a worth around £10.5 Million. The Duesenberg 1931 Model J, with two-tone blue and chrome and a huge 7litre engine and with only seven ever being made it is in a prime position.
In fact the museum is ‘a real Duesey’ and that saying does comes from the Duesenberg marque itself meaning, it’s the best.
A pedigree of great repute the Duesenberg is high up there as one of the best in the annals of world motoring history and hence the Haynes International Motor Museum is up there too as top tourist treat for the motoring minded visitor.