You probably know ex-RAF officer John Haynes (1938-2019) as the man behind the popular repair workshop motor manuals. He once said that his book publishing was very good to him, and that Haynes International Motor Museum was his way of giving something back. (The museum is an educational trust.) Opened in 1985 under the direction of Richard Noble, who is known for breaking the land speed record in 1983 at a velocity of 633.468 mph, the Haynes International Motor Museum is located the village of Sparkford in the heart of rural Somerset, U.K. It is a living and working environment with over 400 superb cars, bikes, and motoring memorabilia from around the world in collection displayed in 19 individual exhibitions. Staff call it a “Museum in Motion.”
Of these exhibitions, the most famous is “The Red Room,” displaying more than 40 red sports cars from around the world. Most vehicles are owned by the museum but it accepts donations and long-term loans for the collections.
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I visited the Haynes Museum when I was working in London 5 years ago. This museum should be on everyone's to do list. The entire collection is spectacular and the Red Room is a sensory overload. This is one place that should not be missed and I cannot wait to return.
I had the opportunity to visit this museum after a trip to Brooklands, Gaydon and Beaulieau. This museum topped them all! I was hoping for a bookstore too but no soap. I got to see my second Gordon Keeble. But the most memorable event of my tour was a huge puddle of oil. Yep it was an MG that was providing the leak that made me feel right at home.
This museum is a definite must see. Almost as good as the Sclumph collection in France which is my number 1.
Quite a varied collection. Love the Gilbern. They didn’t even mention the Lamborghini or Ferraris. Curator needs to brush up on his Mustang knowledge, though. Radio was installed way after that car rolled off the assembly line. Although a stereo 8-track was available as an option, a cassette deck with LCD display was obviously added much later than 1966.