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Little Classics News: 11 January 2014

Goodbye Mr Bond… Hello Speed!

Bond in MotionThe National Motor Museum’s acclaimed BOND IN MOTION exhibition was seen by over 800,000 visitors during its successful two year run which ended earlier this month. Bond fans came from all corners of the globe and the exhibition contributed to the Beaulieu attraction being recognised as the Large Attraction of the Year at the 2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

The exhibition, which celebrated fifty years of the enduring James Bond series, featured fifty of the most iconic vehicles from the Bond films and was the largest official collection of original James Bond film vehicles staged anywhere in the world.

Donald Campbell’s Bluebird CN7Following the exhibition’s departure, the museum is moving on with its ambitious plans for a complete re-display of its collection. In the 50th anniversary year of Donald Campbell’s Bluebird CN7 record, a new display, For Britain & For The Hell Of It, featuring Beaulieu’s iconic land speed record cars, tells the story of British pluck, technological mastery and national pride – alongside new vehicles with a more alternative land speed heritage.

Henry Segrave with Sunbeam 1000hp at Daytona BeachA moving audio-visual presentation transports you back to a golden age of invention, courage and patriotism and introduces you to those who are keeping the record breaking dream alive today.

Mike Hailwood on the Honda RC162Another new display, The Motorcycle Story, immerses you in a journey through motorcycling history, the human quest for freedom and the desire to win. Machines are displayed in their historical and cultural context; tying technological developments to changing trends in fashion, style and sport.

Ariel motorcycle 1956Memorabilia including clothing and trophies won by sporting greats can be seen in displays which cover a wide range of racing disciplines, road safety and British youth culture of the 1950s and 60s.

Both new displays will be open for Easter 2014 and can be seen as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction. For more information visit


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