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My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

 

 

 

Heritage Motor Centre My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

 

How convenient. Right after I take the Aston Martin Factory tour in Gaydon, Warwickshire, I find the Heritage Motor Museum right next door. So naturally, I pop in for a look around.

To be fair, the Heritage Motor Centre isn’t just a museum. Since they’re also right next to the Jaguar Land Rover offices and test track, they offer a Land Rover Experience, allowing you to ride in (£7) or drive (£75) a Land Rover over their purpose-built multi-terrain track. For the kids, they have a go kart track (£3,) and an educational driving program for the teens learning how to drive (£45.)

The museum is the main attraction, though, and quite a thorough one at that. Focusing on British cars, obviously, it contains nearly 300 cars within the building, and in addition to the permanent exhibitions in place, they host temporary displays from time to time, adding to the collection.

I’ll go over a few of the museum’s highlights below, then include a photo gallery of most of the museum below that. Be patient – this article contains a lot of pictures.

Upon walking inside, here’s the first car that catches my attention:

2004 MG SV 600x397 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

2004 MG X-Power SV

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish DB AR1 and V12 Vantage RS 600x310 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, DB AR1, and V12 Vantage RS Concept

2001 Tomb Raider Land Rover Defender 600x393 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

2001 Land Rover Defender from the movie Tomb Raider

1995 Judge Dredd Land Rover 600x388 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

1995 Land Rover from Judge Dredd

1908 Austin Grand Prix race car 600x383 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

1908 Austin Grand Prix race car

1935 Austin Seven 1925 Morris Oxford 600x319 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

1935 Austin Seven & 1925 Morris Oxford

2005 Aston Martin DBR9 front 600x375 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

2005 Aston Martin DBR9

1969 Lotus Seven S3 600x351 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

1969 Lotus Seven S3

MGs EX135 EX179 and EX181 600x333 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

MGs EX135 EX179 and EX181

 1965 Triumph Vitesse 1971 Rover 1951 Austin A90 Atlantic 1953 Vauxhall 600x270 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

1965 Triumph Vitesse, 1971 Rover, 1951 Austin A90 Atlantic, & 1953 Vauxhall

1964 Jaguar E Type 600x360 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

1964 Jaguar E-Type

FAB 1 Thunderbirds Limo 600x348 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

FAB 1 Thunderbirds Limo

1955 Austin A90 Westminster 1969 Range Rover 1949 Land Rover Series 1 600x326 My Visit to the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK

1955 Austin A90 Westminster, 1969 Range Rover, & 1949 Land Rover Series 1

The Heritage Motor Museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

Pricing:
Adults – £11
Children (5-16) – £8
Children (under 5) – FREE
Concessions – £9
Family Ticket (2 adults, 3 children) – £34

Location:
Heritage Motor Centre
Banbury Road
Gaydon, Warwickshire,
CV35 0BJ

Check out the photo gallery below, which include many of the other cars.

Rolls Royce Changes Gears With Phantom Experimental Electric

You could pass the Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric on the road and not notice that it is…well…electric! This is not likely, however, seeing as how it is a one-off that is far from the finish line. First introduced at the Geneva Auto Show back in March, the electric Phantom certainly made an impression with regard to luxury hybrid technology.

Electric Rolls Royce Phantom

Also known as the 102EX, the electric Phantom weighs in at 6,000 lbs—a mere 440 lbs more than its gas-guzzling counterpart. Surprisingly, this electric beauty has already enticed prospects from Beijing, Singapore, Pebble Beach, Dubai, Madrid and Abu Dhabi. All interest aside, the carmaker will not yet be producing the 102EX, which it considers a test run for electric technology.

According to Rolls Royce project manager Emily Dungey,
“We have to ensure that Rolls-Royce is relevant for the next 100 years.”

Electric Phantom Rolls Royce

Electric Phantom Rolls Royce

Driving impressions of the 102EX note it to be the stealthy, strong silent type that the brand is known for. So let’s get down to specs:

Engine:
•    The hefty V12 is replaced with a 1,400 lb lithium-ion battery (3x more life than the Nissan Leaf)
•    In place of a gas tank, a pair of A.C. motors and a single-speed transmission produce 389 horses
•    Hits the 0-60 mark in less than 8 seconds. The V12 accomplishes this in 5.7
Charging
•    The 102EX charge time is approximately 8 hours on a 220-volt power source
•    It is equipped with a cordless induction unit, so the driver can simply park the car over an induction pad and the charging will begin
•    Under favorable conditions, it can travel 125 miles per charge
Interior
•    The traditional wood trim has been replaced with an aluminized glass-strand that resembles carbon fiber
•    Aside from minor aesthetic cues, there are few visible differences between the standard Phantom and the electric version

Electric Phantom Rolls Royce

Don’t miss our Rolls Royce Phantom rental and more exotic cars waiting for you on your way out!

Electric Phantom Rolls Royce

Spirit of Ecstacy lives on…electrically