[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While Kath and I were on a tour of Britain we visited Beaulieu Abbey and castle, which was the home of Lord Montague.
During his life Montague collected over 300 cars of interest and they are very well displayed in the “National Motor Museum”. He started the museum as a tribute to his father who was the first person to drive a car in the yard of Parliament House, and he introduced King Henry VII to motoring in the 1890’s.
A new building was built and opened in July 1972 and is now run by a trust as a registered charity.
Among the cars displayed were some of James Bond’s cars and Mr Beans lime green mini. Donald Campbell’s r’ecord breaking Bluebird was also there.
One vehicle of interest was a 1907 Gobram Brille fire engine, which was converted from a 7-passenger tourer. The pumps were driven by a coal fired steam engine. It struck me as strange to take a fire to a fire!
I spent quite a while looking at the various Austin makes and models, as I have an Austin 10-4 awaiting restoration. There was also an Austin A 40, which brought back memories of the Austin A 40 Somerset my parents had in the fifties when I was very young!
I was very reluctant to leave the display, and had to be almost dragged back on to the bus!
A most interesting afternoon. The highlight of our trip (for me).
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