17 photos show classic cars in place as the Great British Car Journey Museum in Derbyshire prepares to open
Dozens of classic British cars have been put in place ahead of a new museum opening in Derbyshire next month.
The Great British Car Journey will display over 130 vehicles from a bygone era, including Austin Sevens and Morris Minors, as well as more modern classics including the original Mini, Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Cavalier.
The museum, at the former Richard Johnson & Nephew Wire Works site in Ambergate, near Belper, is currently undergoing a complete renovation ahead of its scheduled opening date of Saturday May 22, subject to change of the government’s roadmap.
The museum is the new venture of Richard Usher, the former owner of the Auto Windscreens and Blyton Park circuit.
After years of finding and storing the cars, Richard’s first vehicles were unpacked and moved to their new location in the site’s main showroom earlier this week.
The attraction will tell the story of British car design and production from 1922, when Herbert Austin produced the Austin Seven, the first commercially accessible car in a mass market, to the present day.
Richard said: “The heroes of our journey are the cars, not a random selection of old vehicles but a carefully chosen selection of cars made in Britain that changed the world for good.
“Many cars have their own history – a 55-year-old Mini with 7,700 miles on the clock, the last MG Metro ever produced under 400 miles and one of the 360 Morris Minor ‘Millions’ produced in 1961 to celebrate a record of production.
“Your journey is a timeline that begins in 1921 when Austin nearly went bankrupt and ends in the present when we all take the car for granted. It features both mechanical and human successes and failures, and describes the rise and fall of an industry that was once vital to our economy. “
In addition to the static display, there will be 32 other cars that visitors can drive with an instructor on a private tour around the old Yarn Factory buildings on the banks of the River Derwent, just off the A6.
The Drive Dad’s Car experience will give visitors the chance to navigate the four-acre site in vehicles, including the Ford Capri and the Austin Seven.
Take a look at the photos below to see the cars set up in the new attraction – all captured by Rod Kirkpatrick of F Stop Press.