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 July 2018

Another two cars heading into the Museum website this month. While in physical terms they have very little in common they are connected by their respective manufacturers desire, indeed passion, for quality while adhering to different, but equally important, traditions.
Morgan's tradition of individually made hand crafted cars keeps them sort after to this day. The heart and soul of the builders and the Morgan company that go into every one of their cars is not only something that the company is proud of, but that owners value too. 
Likewise, Mazda is true to its Japanese Samurai heritage of always seeking perfection in everything they do. Perhaps this continual improvement development in search of the ultimate sports roadster is the secret of the longevity of the MX5 series.

ALSO,
Don't forget to check our expanding events calendar. To see if we will be near you this year look at our Diary of Events
    

 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.

1970 Morgan 4 - 4

   The Morgan Motor Company has a long and distinguished history. A traditional hand-crafted car manufacturer still going strong despite other British car manufacturers having long since fallen by the wayside.

   Morgan has taken its products into motor sports and won without needing to make special parts or vehicle types and has remained true to its heritage. HFS Morgan’s drive and passion meant his company prospered and “HFS” continued to run it until he died at age 77 in 1959. Respect for his legacy continues with his family remaining at the helm to this day. 

1998 Mazda MX-5 Roadster

    With the demise of the British car industry the “affordable” sports cars market was left wide open for the world to fill. Austin-Healeys, Triumph’s Spitfire, MGs and their MGB and most notably the Lotus Elan were long gone by the 1980s and, largely, the rest of the world was ignoring this sector. 

   Eventually it was Mazda that stepped up to the mark and began the journey to produce the sort of mechanically simple, affordable and reliable driving that produced the essence of road driving pleasure.

   In Japan part of the design philosophy for the MX5 was what the Japanese call “Jinba ittai”. This can be translated as rider (jin) and horse (ba) as one body (ittai). The inference speaks for itself and each area of the car was continually tweaked to remove any minor niggles, be they ergonomic, aesthetic or mechanical, until everyone was completely happy with the design.

   Seven years of design and development were completed in 1989 and the MX-5 was ready for launch. Wondering what the MX-5 bit is all about, well it’s simple, Mazda, eXperimental project #5.

 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.