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 2017

   The Motor museum in Miniature is pleased to announce that negotiations with Stafford Borough council have concluded in us be invited to display at the
Stafford Castle Classic car show.
   This show has been evolving and growing year on year for well over a decade and is a hugely anticipated event each year. 
   See our "Diary of events" for more information.
This months new pages in the museum are a ground breaking racing car for our Tyrrell collection, a designer who's invention causes much debate and a personality whose contribution to the motor car is often overlooked. 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.
1978 Tyrrell 008.

   After two seasons battling with the 6 wheel P34 chassis, Goodyear having declined to maintain development of the 10 inch front tyres, Tyrrell were obliged to return to the conventional design school for 1978.

   Maurice Philippe penned a car that, while more conventional than the P34, still had an appearance that set it apart from most of the other cars on the grid. The press had hypothesised the new Tyrrell would have a turbo-charged engine or even eight wheels  but they were disappointed by the 008, had they known they would have investigated the electrical system. 

   Just over two decades later electrical systems were the cutting edge of Formula 1 but in 1978 hardly anyone investigated the onboard electronic measuring instrumentation designed by Dr. Karl Kempf,

Edouard Delamare-Deboutteville.

   For decades we have all been told that the first automobile was built by Karl Benz, closely followed by Gottlieb Daimler. The French however, have long contested that the first automobile was made in France, and that the later Panhards and Peugeots were the first real production cars too.

   All this ignores the contributions of earlier motorised vehicles from de Rivaz 1828 in Switzerland, Lenoir 1860-63 in France and Marcus 1864-70 in Austria. All three of these gentlemen produced a chassis, of sorts, that was moved by an internal combustion engine carried within that vehicle. So where does Delamare-Deboutteville fit into all this, and who should we really credit with producing the first real automobile?

Louise Sarazin-Levassor.

   The saying is something like “Behind every good man there is a good woman”, and this seems to be particularly true when it comes to the pioneers of the Motor Car. Benz would have happily put his car in the barn as a job well done if his wife Bertha hadn’t driven that famous 130 mile round trip publicity stunt; and the French might not have forged the first cogs in the fledgling motor industry had a woman not ensured they had German engines from Daimler.

   Described as “an energetic businesswoman”, “an enterprising spirit” and sometimes even as “The Mother of the Motor Car”, it was Louise Sarazin who really put the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft on to the right track towards financial stability and world fame.

 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 model show we are displaying at is.....

Midland Expo 2017

Sunday 23rd July 2017

at the Leasowes Leisure centre, Leasowes High SchoolKent road,

Halesowen.

Birmingham.

B62 8PJ


More information at

 http://midlandexpo.blogspot.co.uk/p/exhibitors.html

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