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What’s new at Beaulieu for 2022

What’s new at Beaulieu for 2022

Beaulieu is getting ready for an exciting new year, with historic motors and characters coming to life, the new Bond in Motion – No Time To Die exhibition, and a packed events calendar, all in the year of the National Motor Museum’s 50th anniversary.

Bond in Motion – No Time To Die
Newly opened in the National Motor Museum, the exhibition offers the first opportunity to see many of the original vehicles, gadgets and costumes from No Time To Die, against the backdrop of a large screen showing action shots from the recently released film.

Bond’s iconic silver birch Aston Martin DB5, complete with new LED number plate and machine guns, is joined by the submersible glider, designed for the movie and named ‘Stealthy Bird’ by Q. See the Aston Martin V8 – which was last seen in The Living Daylights (1987) – plus the film’s Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, Chevy Bel Air, Land Rover Defender 110 and Bond’s Land Rover Series III.

A Triumph Scrambler motorcycle and Royal Alloy Scooter will be crowd-pleasers for fans of two-wheelers. Visitors will be able to get a closer look at costumes, as well as new gadgets from the Secret Intelligence Service Q Branch and technical plans for vehicle designs and DB5 weapons.

A range of Bond merchandise is also on display in the exhibition and available to buy in the Beaulieu gift shop as well as the 007store.com.

Motoring Parades and Living History
Experience the sounds, sights and smells from the past of motoring, as historic vehicles rumble into life and drive out of the National Motor Museum for motoring parades.

For a blast from the past during the school holidays*, see these remarkable machines in action on the central arena, and get a taste of what road transport was like in the days of yesteryear. From familiar family saloons to sportier machines and rugged utility vehicles, the line-up will follow on from Beaulieu’s successful 2019 summer motoring parades.

While in Palace House, historic characters will be brought to life before your very eyes, with costumed guides to meet and interact with. Chat to the house servants about goings-on both upstairs and downstairs, then meet members of the family that they look after, to find out what life was really like in a Victorian country house.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled, as you may even see some of these extraordinary characters getting behind the wheel of vintage and veteran cars for a trundle around the Beaulieu attraction.

*Parades will not take place on event days. See beaulieuevents.co.uk for our full calendar of events.

Enjoy a ride in Chitty
Have you ever wanted to take a ride in one of the most phantasmagorical machines ever made? With a stunning Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction returning to Beaulieu for 2022, this is your chance!

During school holidays and weekends from March to October, this magnificent motor, built by an ardent fan of the classic film using authentic parts from one of the film’s Chittys, will be driving round the attraction grounds for all to admire. Attraction visitors will be able to book their own ride** and take their seat in this ‘fine-four-fendered-friend’ for a spin about the grounds of the National Motor Museum. It’s sure to be an unforgettable highlight to a grand day out at Beaulieu.

**Additional charges apply with tickets available from February 2022.

Packed 2022 calendar of events
A busy line-up of successful shows will be returning for the 2022 events season. Eagerly anticipated is the return of Spring Autojumble on 14th – 15th May, following a two-year break, while for more unmissable buying and selling opportunities, the much-loved International Autojumble will be following in its tyre-tracks on 10th – 11th September.

Incredible hot rods, custom cars and bikes, and classic vehicles from America, will all be the stars of the Hot Rod & Custom Show on 19th June, with music and retro fashions at the heart of this colourful show. While the high octane thrills will continue with the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on 6th – 7th August, with exciting demonstrations of jaw-dropping supercars that all the family will love.

A big hit with gardeners when it was launched in 2021, BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair will be transforming the Beaulieu event fields into a green-fingered paradise as it returns from 29th April to 1st May. The show will be packed with even more to treat gardeners, including flower displays and plants to buy, inspirational Beautiful Borders and gardening supplies for sale, to the BBC Good Food Market, street food, musical entertainment and more.

No less than 16 Simply rallies are scheduled to take place throughout 2022, with favourites including Simply Aston Martin on 3rd April, Simply Porsche on 5th June and Simply Japanese on 24th July, being joined by brand new rally Simply Italian on 24th April.

Tickets will go on sale in January 2022 at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events. Sign up to our event newsletter or our social media pages to be one of the first to know.

National Motor Museum 50th anniversary
Stay tuned for details on a new exhibition, The Story of Motoring in 50 Objects, and a celebratory event being planned to mark five decades of the National Motor Museum, to be announced in the coming months. With one of the UK’s most prestigious vehicle collections reaching such a historic landmark, it’s sure to be a momentous year…

Plus all the features of the attraction you love
Visitor tickets include entrance to all that Beaulieu has to offer, in addition to the National Motor Museum and Palace House.

Little ones will love Little Beaulieu, with tree-top walkways, a secret staircase, epic climbing walls, a zip wire and even more exciting features in the enchanting play area modelled on Lord Montagu’s ancestral home of Palace House.

Hop aboard Beaulieu’s much-loved Veteran Bus, on your way to Palace House, and experience a bird’s eye view from the high level Monorail. Walk in the footsteps of the monks who lived at Beaulieu Abbey more than 800 years ago, then in the Secret Army Exhibition learn about the Special Operations Executive agents who trained on the Beaulieu Estate during World War 2.

In Beaulieu’s historic Clock House, you’ll find Art Russe, the UK’s first dedicated Soviet Russian art gallery. The car’s the star in On Screen Cars, while World of Top Gear showcases iconic cars from the memorable TV challenges. For a tranquil walk, experience the stunning grounds and gardens. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk for more information.

Donington tickets now on sale as grids are confirmed and Group C1 cars return

Donington tickets now on sale as grids are confirmed and Group C1 cars return

There’s no need to panic about what to give the historic motorsport enthusiast for Christmas – tickets for the 2022 Donington Historic Festival (Saturday and Sunday 30 April and 1 May) are now on sale for what promises to be a very special event.

With two races for the C1 by Duncan Hamilton ROFGO (for original factory Group C1 cars) grid, a dedicated race for Ford GT40s and a host of other spectacular races, including the epic Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall Cup, this is likely to be one of the favourite presents under the tree this year. And Early Bird discounts until the end of January mean the festive budget won’t take too big a hit for a truly memorable gift.

The full grid line-up for DHF 2022 is:

  • The Amon Cup for Ford GT40s
  • C1 by Duncan Hamilton ROFGO – for original factory Group C1 cars
  • Historic Touring Car Challenge with Tony Dron Trophy – for ’70s and ’80s Touring Cars
  • Jaguar Classic Challenge for pre-’66 Jaguar cars 
  • ‘Mad Jack’ for Pre-War Sports Cars
  • The Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall Cup for pre-’66 GT and Touring Cars, pre-’63 GTs and pre-’60 Sports Cars
  • Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy & Stirling Moss Trophy – for pre-’56 and pre-’61 Sports Cars
  • Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC – for ’60s Touring Cars

Ticket prices and Early Bird discounts
Early Bird advance discounted tickets are now available from www.doningtonhistoric.com. Adult (16+) two-day advance weekend tickets cost £35 (£40 from 1 February) and Adult single-day advance tickets cost £21 (£25 from 1 February). Teen (13-15) two-day advance weekend tickets cost £21 (£25 from 1 February), while Teen one-day advance tickets cost £13 (£16 from February 1). Children aged under 13 are admitted for free.

Spectators of all ages will be warmly welcomed back for the first time since 2019 and presented with a fantastic display of highly competitive motor racing. With world-class competition cars spanning eight decades and everything from pre-War sports cars, 50s and 60s GT and sports-racing cars to Touring Cars from several eras taking to the track, plus a mass of other attractions, including car club displays and parades, trade stands and lunchtime track demonstrations, there will be something for everyone at this family-friendly event.

Add in the very special Donington Park atmosphere and unrivalled spectator viewing and you have an unmissable Saturday and Sunday’s entertainment – and fans will still have the Bank Holiday Monday to relax at home (or head for the DIY store…).

For further information and to book tickets please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com.

Morgan Plus Four makes its racing debut at Race of Remembrance

Morgan Plus Four makes its racing debut at Race of Remembrance

  • Two all-new Morgan Plus Four race cars successfully complete the Race of Remembrance
  • The 12-hour race at Anglesey Circuit marks first competitive event for the Morgan Plus Four
  • Mission Motorsport beneficiaries took the wheel and supported the cars, continuing Morgan’s support of the forces’ charity
  • An automatic Plus Four was fitted with hand controls, allowing drivers with disabilities to take the wheel
  • The cars were developed and supported by the University of Wolverhampton, as part of Morgan’s championing of education and training
  • Data and feedback collected from the race will feed directly into development of current and future vehiclesThe Morgan Motor Company has demonstrated the capability of the all-new Plus Four in its inaugural competitive event, the 2021 Race of Remembrance.

Both the manual and automatic variants of the car – which have been kept as close to the road-going model as possible – were entered, completing the demanding 12-hour endurance race successfully.

Run by Mission Motorsport, the event – held at Anglesey Circuit in Wales – is the culmination of the charity’s sporting year and raises awareness for the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations. A remembrance service as much as a race, it pauses on Remembrance Sunday for everyone involved to commemorate the fallen.

Morgan’s involvement in Race of Remembrance furthers its work supporting Mission Motorsport, Morgan’s nominated charity partner. Recently, three service leavers have been recruited by Morgan via Mission Motorsport, across its development and experiential business areas.

Reflecting the two transmission options on offer, two cars were entered. The manual Plus Four was driven by accomplished Morgan race drivers Shane Kelly, Tom Richards, and Tony Hirst, along with CAR Magazine journalist James Taylor. Finishing 14th from the 46 cars that took the chequered flag and the 53 that started, the result validated the inherent reliability and pace of the car against its race-bred competitors.

In the automatic variant, Mission Motorsport beneficiaries Lionel O’Connor, Linda Noble and Steve Binns joined Superbike editor John Hogan. O’Connor, a single leg amputee, proved the competency of the automatic transmission, setting lap times on par with the experienced drivers in the manual car. Binns made use of the bespoke hand controls – the first time such a system has been fitted to a Morgan.

The two Morgan Plus Four race cars were joined by a previous-generation Morgan Plus 4 Clubsport, driven by its owner John Richards, along with further Mission Motorsport beneficiaries and personnel Cliff Hall, Russell Anderson and Nick Wilson.

The cars were run by Mission Motorsport beneficiaries, the Morgan Motor Company, and students at the University of Wolverhampton (UoW), working in collaboration. It continues a five-year relationship between Morgan and UoW, with direct recruitment opportunities for graduates, and forms a crucial part of Morgan’s CSR (corporate social responsibility) programme, supporting education and training.

Morgan’s motorsport activity continues to provide an instrumental engineering tool, the data and feedback collected from the extreme environment directly shaping the development of current and future models.

Steve Morris, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Motor Company, said: “The all-new Plus Four represents a huge leap forward for Morgan. For it to finish its first-ever race so successfully is brilliant to witness, even more so when we consider how closely related this race car is to the road-going vehicle. It’s fantastic to support the work of Mission Motorsport, too, and the amazing event that is Race of Remembrance, but also for Morgan as a company to pay its respects to those who’ve served in the armed forces.”

James Cameron, CEO, Mission Motorsport, said: “We’ve worked closely with Morgan over the last few years, including with the recent placing of three service leavers into the company. But the company’s support of Race of Remembrance this year is something incredibly special. For the beneficiaries driving and supporting the Morgan cars in the Race of Remembrance, this will bring tangible and long lasting results on their road to recovery.”

Shane Kelly, University of Wolverhampton, said: “The race marks the culmination of months of work for students on the Motorsport Engineering course, converting a production Morgan Plus Four into a race-ready vehicle. It’s testament to both the underlying capability of the car and the students’ hard work that we achieved such a positive result, and has brought on an even stronger sense of excitement for our plans to further develop and support the cars in 2022.”

The Morgan Motor Company would like to thank the Adaptation Installation Company, Avon Tyres, Bauromat, FBC Manby Bowdler, Hadley Group, Hex, Intarace Communications, LaserProcess Fabrication, Makita, MyWorkwear, Ocenascan, PPG, Sercal, and Tungaloy, who made its support of Mission Motorsport in the 2021 Race of Remembrance possible.

Video for Morgan at Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance 2021: https://youtu.be/Tq0GUkSDQVw

ENDS

About Morgan Motor Company
Morgan Motor Company is a British manufacturer of handcrafted sports cars. Located in Malvern Link, UK. The world-famous Morgan vehicles offer a unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance. Morgan has been handcrafting coach built traditional British sports cars that are thrilling to drive and unique within the marketplace since 1909. In March 2019, Investindustrial purchased a majority share of the company, and by doing so invested in the long-term future of the Morgan Motor Company building cars in Britain. The Morgan family retain a shareholding of the company and work alongside Investindustrial at board level. Morgan produces around 850 models annually, of which over 70% are exported. Its model range – comprising the Plus Four and Plus Six – is sold through 70 official dealerships in 30 countries.

Bicester Heritage beats the festive blues, with tickets now released for the 16th January Scramble event

Bicester Heritage beats the festive blues, with tickets now released for the 16th January Scramble event

  • Tickets are now live for the first Scramble of 2022, held at the UK’s best-preserved WW2 RAF Bomber Station
  • Around 5000 attendees will be able to enjoy a day celebrating classic cars and meet with industry leading specialists at Bicester Heritage
  • The January Scramble is held in partnership with the UK’s foremost classic vehicle insurer Hagerty UK
  • Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scramble-tickets-207212898357

Tickets are now live for Bicester Heritage’s first Scramble event of 2022 on the 16th of January, with the release of 5000 tickets for historic motoring enthusiasts.

From 9am until 2pm, attendees will be able to take a glimpse behind the doors of the 45 industry-leading Specialists, experiencing a range of showrooms and workshops that the Bicester Heritage hub for historic motoring enterprise is renowned for.

The best-preserved WW2 RAF Bomber Station in the country is normally accessible by appointment only, with the Scramble event promising hands-on access to the world of heritage motoring. Guests will also be able to enjoy refreshments from on-site beverage producers Wriggly Monkey Brewery and Sky Wave Gin and experience the world of vintage aviation on the site’s active grass airfield.

2022 will be the eighth year of the Scramble events, attracting tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts from around the world and celebrates the ongoing partnership with classic vehicle insurer Hagerty.

The recently-launched Bicester Heritage Scramblers membership club will also be present onsite, promising a range of curated delights for attendees who have had enough festive cheer.

Scramblers and the Scramble events exist to celebrate the historic motoring sector and the magic in the driving and preservation of classic cars, while making these experiences accessible for future generations.

Dan Geoghegan, CEO, Bicester Heritage adds: ““We are looking forward to starting 2022 in spectacular fashion as we open up our Heritage Quarter for the first event of the year. Our Scramble events always promise a day out that the entire family will enjoy.”

Bicester Heritage:
Bicester Heritage has created a revolution in historic vehicle ownership. Founded in 2013 Bicester Heritage has gone from a standing start to a home for 45 specialist businesses, and growing, with a collective turnover of over £50m, making it the largest player in the industry and set to grow exponentially with a global reach. 

The unique ecosystem of businesses based at the beautiful 444-acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station acts as ‘marina-like’ cluster, promoting skills and expertise, employment, qualified customer footfall, shared business incubation and aggregate growth. The site is all about driving the future of the past.

The former RAF Bicester site on which Bicester Heritage is now based, is of national historic importance. Neglected for the best part of 40 years, it was added to Historic England’s ‘At Risk Register’ in 2008 and designated the most ‘at risk’ of all Defence Estates in the UK. 

Since Bicester Heritage’s tenure, over 95% of the buildings have been delicately restored or re-activated for modern business use, with the site now held as a national exemplar of constructive conservation by Historic England. The time-warp base is truly unmatched in evocative character and an active airfield and test track complete its dynamic operation. 

Bicester Heritage is a component part of Bicester Motion, an incomparable visitor attraction which will offer an authentic collection of dynamic and inclusive visitor experiences, less than an hour from London.

For more information about the site and the team behind it, see www.bicesterheritage.co.uk.

Beaulieu announces its busy 2022 events calendar

Beaulieu announces its busy 2022 events calendar

Beaulieu is looking forward to an exciting new year of events as it announces its 2022 calendar*, with a packed line-up of successful shows returning for the new season.

Eagerly anticipated is the return of Spring Autojumble on 14th – 15th May, following a two-year break. Motor enthusiasts will be itching to buy and sell treasured spare parts, automobilia, retro memorabilia and complete cars, with hundreds of stands and vibrant car club displays as part of the big weekend. Following in its tyre-tracks on 10th – 11th September will be the much-loved International Autojumble.

Incredible hot rods, custom cars and bikes, and classic vehicles from America, will all be the stars of the Hot Rod & Custom Show on 19th June, with music and retro fashions at the heart of this colourful show. While the high octane thrills will continue with the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on 6th – 7th August, with exciting demonstrations of jaw-dropping supercars that all the family will love.

A big hit with gardeners when it was launched in 2021, BBC Gardener’s World Spring Fair will be transforming the Beaulieu event fields into a green-fingered paradise as it returns from 29th April to 1st May. The show will be packed with even more to treat gardeners, including flower displays and plants to buy, inspirational Beautiful Borders and gardening supplies for sale, to the BBC Good Food Market, street food, musical entertainment and more.

No less than 16 Simply rallies are scheduled to take place throughout 2022, with favourites including Simply Aston Martin on 3rd April, Simply Porsche on 5th June and Simply Japanese on 24th July, being joined by brand new rally Simply Italian on 24th April.

Beaulieu Events Manager Charlotte Mountain said: “As we look forward to a brand new year of Beaulieu events, it is exciting to be able to announce such a packed calendar, with the return of so many much-loved events. As well as a number of favourites, it is great to be welcoming new rally Simply Italian to the calendar.

“After the disruptions to the beginning of the 2021 events season, we’re hoping that 2022 will be a year to remember for great events and days out at Beaulieu. Make sure to get these dates in your diary!”

For the full line-up of events please see below.

* Although we will strive to deliver this calendar of events, these provisional dates may be subject to change – for the latest details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.

DateEventContent
Sunday 3rd AprilSimply Aston MartinGetting the events season off to a great start, Simply Aston Martin will be a season highlight for every Aston Martin fan
Sunday 10th AprilSimply AudiReturning for its fifth year, an impressive display for this popular German marque
Sunday 24th AprilSimply ItalianBrand new for 2022, this rally will bring together all manner of lively Italian motors with a great display
Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st MayBBC Gardener’s World Spring Fair A great green-fingered day out, with displays, plants for sale, expert gardening advice, BBC Good Food Market and entertainment
Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th MaySpring AutojumbleReturning for 2022, this buying and selling bonanza will feature car displays and stands packed with automotive bargains
Sunday 15th MayLand Rover RummageA trading corner of Spring Autojumble, devoted to spare parts and accessories for Britain’s favourite 4X4
Sunday 22nd MaySimply FordAlways a highlight for enthusiasts’ groups, every model of Ford is welcome to join this well-established favourite
Sunday 29th MaySimply ElectricSparking into life for its second year, Simply Electric invites all electric cars to park up in the grounds of the National Motor Museum
Sunday 5th JuneSimply PorscheWelcoming all Porsche owners and enthusiasts for a busy Porsche-themed day out
Sunday 12th JuneNational Mini DayJoin the Mini Cooper Register in celebrating all Minis, old and new, with a jam-packed event
Saturday 18th JuneSimply VWVee Dubs of every type are invited to join in, for a great day out that Volkswagen fans will love
Sunday 19th JuneHot Rod & Custom ShowA glorious retro celebration of colourful hot rods, classic American and custom cars and bikes
Sunday 26th JuneSimply JaguarThis impressive display will be open to all classic and modern Jaguars
Sunday 3rd JulyNational Austin Seven RallyJoin the Pre-War Austin Seven Club as it celebrates 100 years of one of the world’s best-loved people’s cars
Sunday 10th JulySimply Land RoverA must for 4X4 fans, Land Rovers of every age will take over the Beaulieu parkland
Saturday 16th JulySimply VauxhallLove your Vauxhalls? Then don’t miss Simply Vauxhall, with all examples invited to take part
Sunday 17th JulySimply FrenchBringing Gallic flair to Beaulieu, every French classic car is welcome
Sunday 24th JulySimply JapaneseFrom city runabouts to sports cars, Japanese cars of every variety will join the rally
Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th AugustBeaulieu Supercar WeekendMany of the world’s most exciting supercars will be the stars of this two-day show
Sunday 14th AugustVW T ChillBeaulieu hosts this family-friendly VW camping event, back by popular demand
Sunday 14th AugustGraham Walker RunAn annual get-together of veteran and vintage motorcycles, in tribute to the late Graham Walker
Sunday 21st AugustSimply MercedesThe fourth Simply Mercedes will bring together impressive cars built by the prestige German manufacturer
Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th SeptemberInternational AutojumbleBeaulieu’s most famous event and the largest autojumble this side of the Atlantic
Sunday 18th SeptemberSimply BMWBig or small, every BMW from the marque’s distinguished past is invited to take part
Sunday 25th SeptemberSimply British ClassicsReturning for its third year, Simply British Classics welcomes all pre-2000 British classic cars
Remembrance Sunday 13th NovemberSimply SmartThe final Simply rally of 2022 will be a colourful display of some of the smallest and cheekiest cars on the road

 

Tickets will go on sale in January 2022 at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events. Sign up to our event newsletter or our social media pages to be one of the first to know.

Visitor and participant tickets include entrance to all that Beaulieu has to offer, including the National Motor Museum and Bond in Motion – No Time To Die, Little Beaulieu, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu home Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk for more information.

Beaulieu is also ideal for car clubs looking to hold their own rally, taking the hassle out of hosting an event with excellent facilities and all-inclusive access to the whole of the attraction. For more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/hold-your-rally-at-beaulieu or to discuss your club’s requirements with a member of the Beaulieu Events team email events@beaulieu.co.uk.

Bespoke Rallies dodges the Cumbre Vieja Volcano to make history in the Canary Islands

Bespoke Rallies dodges the Cumbre Vieja Volcano to make history in the Canary Islands

Leading international classic rally organiser Bespoke Rallies has a string of firsts to its name, and has just added another with Grand Tour Canarias – a successful 19-day, seven-island expedition of the Canary archipelago, including La Palma while the Cumbre Vieja volcano was in full flow.

Never before has such an event taken in all seven of the region’s main islands, hopping between the familiar destinations of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife before heading west to the lesser-known haunts of La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. The highlight of an unforgettable rally was undoubtedly getting up close and personal with La Palma’s active volcano, that has now been erupting for some weeks, and the reactions of some of the doughty participants were encapsulated for posterity by BBC television news (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqbkO_s6yUA). Said Bespoke Rallies Director John Brigden: “Experiencing the full force of nature at such close quarters is something none of us will ever forget, though I have to admit we weren’t all that sorry to move on once we’d done so! We were close enough to be rained on by volcanic ash, but far enough away to be out of danger from the lava flow.”

Eighteen crews took part in this latest Bespoke Rallies adventure in an eclectic array of machinery, the oldest of which was a splendid 1923 Bentley. Among the drivers were Formula One engine supremo Mario Illien and former McLaren F1 team manager Alastair Caldwell. Added Brigden: “It was wonderful to see a group of classic car enthusiasts back doing what they enjoy most after the restrictions of COVID – ie revelling in each other’s company and enjoying their cars to the full.”

The next event on the packed Bespoke Rallies schedule is the Dakar Enduro (February 28 – March 20, 2022). Full information on this and all the company’s other innovative offerings is available at www.bespokerallies.com.

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