The halls.    

   From here you can visit the museums three halls as well as the special interest displays and our historic collections.

Hall One

   Take a stroll through Hall One and have a look at some of the most important models in the evolution of the motor car. 

The Graham Hill Collection.

   This collection presents many of the cars driven by this ever popular man, and still motorsports only triple crown winner.

 

The Bugatti collection.

   Evocative and beautiful, Bugatti's cars never fail to attract attention. Dominating an era of Grand Prix racing, while also producing limousines for the rich and famous, The Bugatti marque is built on engineering excellence at all times.

The luxury car collection.

    Early in the development of the motor car it was an expensive item and could be called luxury items by default. Some brands still stood out though and a few have gone on to become bywords for quality and excellence.

The public transport and Commercial vehicle collection.

   Although there are plenty of people who can buy cars, and the number of owners only seems to grow, it hasn't always been that way. Here is a brief look at the story of public transport, and a reminder that some people spend their working lives around vehicles of all descriptions.

The sports and touring car       collection.  

  When most people think of racing cars they imagine the open wheel formulas such as F1 or Indy racing. But there is a much broader world of racing cars where many of the international stars of the top forms of open wheel racing honed their skills.

The Rally Legends Collection.   

    Rallying developed out of the long distance City to City races at the dawn of the 20th century. This collection of vehicles is dedicated to the reliability trials, hill climbs, long distance events and the now familiar stage events.

Hall Two

   Take a look at the central displays of the museum, such as this exhibit around the Bugatti marque.

    

 The special interest displays.

   In this collection you can see some of the exhibits that help give the museum life. Petrol pumps, road signs, driver clothing and helmets.

The Jaguar collection.

   One of the great names of British motoring. When Jaguar made a name for themselves by winning at le Mans, and a host of other races, the whole world wanted to drive William Lyons sports cars.

 The American collection.

   The American contribution to the motor car should not be underestimated. In this collection you'll be re-aquinted with some forgotten names as well as some of the most famous brands of all.

The Williams collection.

    Sir Frank Williams has overcome huge obstacles personally, and in the harsh business world of F1. Along the way it has been his team that set the benchmarks for design on more than one occasion. 

The MG collection.      

   When Cecil Kimber joined Morris Garages in 1921 William Morris (later Lord Nuffield) had been building cars under the Morris name from 1912. Kimber set to work designing sportier versions of the Morris cars at the 'Garage', by 1925 MG was building sports cars that would go on to influence the world.

On two wheels

   The symbiotic relationship between cars and bikes can be explored in our ever growing collection of  bicycles, scooters, mopeds and motorcycles. 

The British Collection

   After a very slow start the British motor industry grew to not only challenge the world with it's ingenuity and designs, but give the highest quality car the world has ever seen in Rolls Royce. If you thinks that's the end of the story well we might point out the centre for motor racing design and manufacture is in the UK too. 

   But the story has lows too, economic declines, failed ideas, bad working relations have had their part to play in shaping the British motor industry.

 Hall Three

   Our third hall, containing the race cars, tells the story of motor racing from the earliest city to city races through grand prix racing to the modern era of Formula One.

The Mercedes-Benz collection.

   The people who really got it all started. Follow the birth of the motor car as it grows into one of the most famous marques in the world.

 The History of automotive transport.

    In this collection we take a look at the fledgling world of automotive transport, and what a strange world it now seems to have been. 

The Ford collection.

    Ford's desire to mobilise the world led to landmark production techniques, and to landmark products too. Follow this fascinating story illustrated by our models.

The Tyrrell collection.    

    Ken Tyrrell brought his team through the lower formulas becoming known as the best talent spotter in the business. He ran a variety of customer cars before building his own chassis'. Chassis' that often had ground breaking design ideas on them.

The Ferrari Collection.   

One of the worlds most iconic marques founded by the legendary Enzo Ferrari. 
A man who had to overcome hardship and tragedy just to survive to found the company that bore his name.
"Il Commendatore", or "the Commander" Ferrari had Charisma to spare, some of it got into the cars. 

The Cyclecar and three wheeler collection.

    From the earliest days of the automobile the balance between weight and power has been a vital component of the design process. For some the simplest way to reduce weight was to leave out one of the wheels. 
   If this design was a bit weird for some the sporty nature of light cars and powerful engines appealed to many others. When governments got involved three wheelers could be a neat tax dodge and a whole new group of people wanted an affordable mode of transport. 

The Japanese Collection

   Somewhat behind the rest of the world in motor car production Japan was to learn all the clever ideas of it's competitors and make them even better. In time Japan would become the home of the worlds biggest automobile manufacturing company.