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Beaulieu celebrates 40th anniversary

Beaulieu is holding a May Day Cavalcade on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, to celebrate 40 years since the opening of the National Motor Museum in 1972.

There will be period and classic vehicles representative of the museum’s collection over the past 40 years but the organisers would like help in creating a stunning line-up of vehicles depicting each of the last 40 years.

All marques and models of 1972-2012 vehicles are eligible, from a Ford Cortina to a Ferrari. Entry will be free for any chosen driver plus one passenger, with an opportunity to visit the Motor Museum, Palace House and all the Beaulieu attractions at leisure.

Anyone with a vehicle they would like to put forward for consideration should contact tom.reinhold@beaulieu.co.uk, tel: 01590 614610.

The National Motor Museum’s origins go back to 1956 when the present Lord Montagu created the Montagu Motor Museum as a tribute to his father, one of Britain’s motoring pioneers. With the museum rapidly growing in size and popularity, a new building was designed to house the collections and in July 1972, the National Motor Museum was opened. 

It aims to tell the story of motoring on the roads of Britain from the 1890s to the present day, in addition to world land speed record breakers, F1 racers and motoring oddities such as a giant orange on wheels.

Vehicles taking part in the May Day Cavalcade will be on display in the Beaulieu arena before taking part in a celebratory procession around the grounds. A special 40th anniversary ‘People’s Choice’ trophy will be awarded on the day.

For more information on this event visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk

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