What do you get when you combine a car enthusiast with unparalleled business success within a niche automotive market? One of the country’s largest motor museums of course!
Haynes Publishing had been suffering in recent years. With the rise in helpful enthusiast forums for almost any vehicle and the ever more computer dominated, plastic clad, engine bays making people think twice about working on their own vehicle, book sales have fallen and the company had to tighten its belt during 2013, closing its Sparkford distribution centre and making a small number of redundancies.
However, following this reorganisation company profits rose in the last year as Haynes focussed on the digital and professional markets. As if to celebrate, the Motor Museum underwent a renovation and expansion program earlier this year, so Tourqueabout went along to see what’s new.
We started the day off with a Full English in the museum’s cafe which was quality but pricey. Stomach’s full, we ventured into the display area which begins aptly, with a history of the automobile. While there are specific rooms beyond, such as the supercar room, this structured beginning is somewhat abandoned in yielding to the sheer variety of cars on display. Everything from a motorcycle with a copper frame to a Jaguar XJ220 can be found on display (although the motorcycle area is more of a token gesture). However, there are plenty of cars to be found in the famous red room, the hall of motorsport, American collection, customs area, vintage cars and pre-war and classics. What’s more, the museum hosts a calendar of events throughout the year, for which museum entry is normally included. Have a look at the website for more details and get a taste from out pictures below.
For more information visit www.haynesmotormuseum.com