British Motor Museums

2nd September 2015

Lord Montagu, founder of England’s National Motor Museum, has died at the age of 88. A pioneer of the stately home tourist business he opened the family home, Palace House at Beaulieu, which was located on a 7,000 acre estate in Hampshire. From the opening of Palace House, the next step was to open a Motor Museum in 1952. His father had been both a veteran car enthusiast and a collector. His father commissioned the original “Spirit of Ecstasy” mascot for his Rolls-Royce. Lord Montagu was the founder of “Veteran and Vintage Magazine” and in 1956 he saw the Motor Museum develop into a superb collection of vehicles from vintage to modern day classics. The National Motor Museum now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and hosts the popular Auto jumble sales much loved by the classic car restoration enthusiasts.

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