Welcome  to the Motor Museum in Miniature.

A unique display of model road and race cars.

   Feel free to stroll through our halls and enjoy the world of motor cars, motor racing and building model cars.

News for May 2018

One of this months new items is a car from a period of British motor manufacturing most would like to forget. What should, and could, have been good motorcars from the late 1960s and into the '70s were let down by circumstances not entirely out of the manufacturers control. 
One such car being the Triumph TR7.
Before failure becomes a theme we also have a World Championship winning motorcycle, and a reminder of the late, great, "Big John" Surtees.

 You can see the details by clicking on the photo's below. 
   Don't forget to look at our other collections via our "Visit the halls" page.

1976 Triumph TR7.

   As the old proverb says “a house divided against itself, cannot stand”; BMC, and later British Leyland Motor Corporation, appear to have been conceived as experiments to prove the adage true.

   Austin and Morris hated each other, Triumph and MG had been in competition with each other for decades and all the workers remained fiercely loyal to “their” brands. Overall management and workers fought against one another with increasing frequency as the 70s rolled on. 

   Harris Mann’s wedge-shaped design was a model the company wanted to feel proud of, but Poor build quality, delivery delays and managerial influences all played a part in stymying another potentially great car.

1956 MV Agusta 500cc. John Surtees.  

   The MV Agusta story starts with Count Giovanni Agusta, born on the 4th of October 1879. The Count title was a hereditary title going back to his family’s history in Sicily. His passion was flying so MV Agusta, like many other automotive companies started with aeronautics.

   A major Helicopter producer today, Agusta is more generally known for it's motorcycles. After WWII Italy had penalties placed upon it preventing aircraft manufacturing so Agusta started producing scooters and motorcycles. Dominico Agusta had a passion for mechanical things and a keen interest in motorcycle racing. On the 12th of February 1945, Meccanica Verghera Agusta was set by Domenico Agusta as an offshoot of the parent Agusta company

   MV Agusta would become even more dominant in motor cycle racing than Mercedes had been in motor car racing, having total domination over international road racing for a full decade!

 The Motor Museum in Miniature

   As you move through the museum you will find many fine models, scratchbuilt and highly detailed. But you will also come across models that may not appear as impressive. This is for two very good reasons.

   Firstly some of the models are very old now and reflect the level of knowledge and equipment available to the modeller at that time. Modelling supplies have come a long way from the era of tube glue and brushed on enamel paints. Part of the museum's philosophy is to show how much things have changed in the modelling world as well as in the motoring world, so some of our exhibits remain as they were first built, period pieces, a testament to the modelling technology of the time. 

   Secondly we want all our visitors to know that we didn't start off with some natural talent to deliver high quality model cars, we had to start as novices and learn just like everyone else. We are not afraid to show you our "lesser" models, or admit our mistakes, because we want you to feel encouraged to keep trying. It's easy to say 'if I can do it, so can you', but there was a time when we both looked at other peoples models and said 'I could never do that'.

   Well we did do it, and so can you. Of course we still make mistakes and we are never totally happy with a model, but that is the spur that keeps us all trying that bit harder with the next model we build.

   A word of warning though, when the drive for 100% accuracy and perfection start taking the fun out of modelling, take a step back and have a good think about things. We start making models we like for the pleasure they give us, it is a hobby for most of us and it's our standards we should measure ourselves against. As long as you're happy with your model if somebody else comes along and enjoys it too, that's an additional bonus.

   Enjoy you're modelling,     Rod and Ian

The next show we are displaying at is.....


         The N.A.R.T.M. branch meeting

   

8-10pm, Wednesday 11th July 2018.

     

the Wesley Methodist Church Hall

    

 Lawton road,

  Alsager,    Cheshire.    ST7 2AF

More information from,

the National Association of Road Transport Modellers Chairman, Mr. Tony Vickerman.

 info@superbdrivertraining.co.uk

 Follow our current projects on FaceBook, the motor museum in miniature is waiting to show you what we are up to. Watch us going through the build processes, warts and all, till the finished article makes the step up to this site.