The Morris Minor made its debut at the British Motor Show at Earls Court in October 1948. Alec Issigonis’ first great volume design is therefore 75 years old this year.
The Minor is central to the story of Great British Car Journey, being the best selling and most loved, next generation of true family transport after the war and taking over the mantle from the Austin 7.
Hopefully, Sunday 21st May will be a lovely early Summer day and we would like to assemble as many Morris Minors as possible to celebrate this marvellous little car.
We have a great selection of Morris Minors in the collection including a wonderful early convertible from 1950 and the last Minor ever made, kindly on loan from the Morris Minor Owners Club, as well as two Minor Millions!
Although Morris himself was no great fan of the Minor, it is a landmark vehicle in the history of Great British cars with more than 1.7 million being built between 1948 and 1971.
Joining us on Sunday will be members of the Northamptonshire Branch of the Morris Minor Club, along with ‘Miranda’ the Morris Minor Marie Curie fundraiser.
A special event entry price is available for all Morris Minors attending so if you are coming in a Minor please email your interest and car registration number to email@example.com so we can discount your admission.
If you are a Morris Minor fan but don’t own, pop along to see the fantastic display.
Hopefully watching from above, John Kemp Starley, would have observed the car park at Great British Car Journey largely populated by Rovers on Sunday 14th May 2023 as we celebrated the great British institution that was Rover cars. Of course, Starley made his considerable reputation with his Rover ‘safety’ bicycle and it was not until 1904 that the first Rover car took to the road, preceded by some motorbikes and an ingenious electric tricycle.
Over the next 100 years, Rover concentrated on cars and although Starley died in 1901, his legacy was more than present in our car park for our Rover themed day.
I would like to thank all the owners of the cars who made our first Rover Day so memorable. In particular, the enthusiastic Rover 200 and 400 Owners Club and their events co-ordinator Iain Turner for putting on a great display of some of the last high volume Rovers ever made. Iain has a pristine Rover 200vi which was one of the last really hot hatches to carry the Rover name.
The famous Viking Ship logo was visible on virtually all the significant post-war models on display with a number of P6 and SD1s present representing an era when Rover lost its rather staid image with some truly inspirational models. Sadly, the Rover car story ended in 2005, when the closure of Longbridge ended production of the 75.
Rover Day however, was a celebration of the greatness of Rover and I look forward to celebrating again next year with even more cars!
With over 35 cars available to drive as part of the Drive Dads Car Experience it is not often you get to see them all on display at the same time and to add to the excitement we will be adding 5 new cars to the fleet on the day. This will take our cars available to drive to over 40 different models – the largest selection of its kind in the UK by some way.
This means you will get to see all 40 Drive Dads cars alongside the 130+ cars in the museum making this a very special day for all classic car fans.
Tickets for the day are for museum entry and to view the full fleet – drives must be booked separately and are not available on the 27th. You can pay for entry on the day but if you book online in advance you will save 10% on your tickets.
We will also be offering some very special deals that will only be available to visitors attending the Meet the Fleet day that will make great Father’s Day presents or just enable you to try out more and more cars with extra discounts…
Classic Collection car drives will be reduced from £49 to to £30!
Premium Collection car drives reduced from £65 to £39!
Luxury Collection car drives from £75 down to £49!
NB: Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
To book tickets for the day click the red button below.
We are celebrating everything BRITISH on April 2nd and our anchor club for this event is the Morgan Sports Car Club…surely there is nothing more quintessentially British than a sports car manufactured in the shadow of the Malvern Hills for well over 100 years.
Well, of course this will open a can of worms: What about MG, Morris, Austin or even Austin Healey … and Bentley, Rolls Royce???
Let’s see how many British built cars we can get together…look on it as a dress rehearsal for Drive It Day on April 23rd!
Along with the Morgans and other exciting British cars that will be on show in the car park you will find over 130 British Classics in the Museum to enjoy