Haynes Motor Museum
The late John H Haynes, who built up a publishing empire around his owners’ manuals set up this museum. It was opened on 10 July 1985 by the then Land Speed Record holder Richard Noble OBE. Today it offers the largest collection of historic cars in Britain, featuring over 400 international vehicles dating back to 1886. There are eleven large halls of automobiles, with vehicles as diverse as a 1900 Clement, 1931 Duesenberg, and classic British motorcycles.
The oldest vehicles are grouped together in one hall called the ‘Dawn of Motoring’, displaying only automobiles built prior to 1910. See a 910 Renault Twin Cylinder AX, and an 1898 Daimler Wagonette, dubbed ‘Fiery Liz’.
A pair of halls display only British and American classic cars, including a 1965 Jaguar E-Type and a 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. The prize exhibit in the classic car section is a 1931 Duesenberg Tourster, one of just 8 ever made.
One hall focuses on speedway motorcycles, while another covers British-built motorcycles, predominantly Norton and BSA. There is a hall of more modern cars, built after 1980.