THE Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford, near Yeovil, Somerset, opened phase one of its £4.2 million upgrade in time for the Easter crowds.
Seventeen volunteers with an average age of 72 moved exhibition material, 187 cars and motorcycles with a combined weight of over 1,000 tons, in a little over 14 hours. The oldest volunteer was 84-year-old Derek Ayres and the youngest 54-year-old Alan Goddard.
The exhibition organisation was effectively a giant tile puzzle, which had to be completed on time to avoid disappointing the crowds. Museum volunteers proved to be more than equal to the job.
The new Black Box exhibition, with the Vroom Room – a high-performance car exhibition from all ages and countries – forms the heart of phase one of the development. Other areas, including the American collection, micro cars and custom cars, are among other new interpretations waiting to be enjoyed.
Phases two and three of the museum redevelopment will be completed over the next nine months and will completely transform this iconic museum, bringing its exhibition into the 21st century, much enhancing its appeal as one of the world’s premier motor museums.
Next on the schedule for completion is Haynes Hatch, the children’s electric go-kart race track which forms the final part of the new Haynes Motorland, a £250,000 play area where children can experience all types of vehicle related fun.