Beaulieu Things to Do

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    more cars in the museum

    by globetrott Written Dec 17, 2014

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    The Montagu Family is connected with automobil history in Great Britain forever, as
    the museum was founded in 1952 by Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, as a tribute to his father, who was one of the great pioneers of motoring in the United Kingdom, being the first person to drive a motor car into the yard of the Houses of Parliament, and having introduced King Edward VII (then the Prince of Wales) to motoring during the 1890s.

    (I found this info in Wikipedia and thought it might be interesting to learn !)

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    great cars of the collection

    by globetrott Written Dec 17, 2014

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    The British National Motor Museum in Beaulieu was opened in 1952 as the Montagu Motor Museum and in 1972 it became a charitable trust. The collection includes lots of of historic motor vehicles, including These four unique world-record cars:
    Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1920 Sunbeam 350hp
    His son Donald Campbell's 1961 Bluebird-Proteus CN7
    The 1927 Sunbeam 1000hp (the first motor car to reach 200 miles per hour (322 km/h))
    The 1929 Irving-Napier Special 'Golden Arrow'.

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    There are 285 vehicles in that collection

    by globetrott Written Dec 17, 2014

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    You will Need several hours in order to be able to enjoy this great Museum !
    The National Motor Museum collections in Beaulieu include:

    • 285 vehicles (cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles)
    • 46,000 objects
    • 1,185,000 photographic images
    • 250 linear metres of motoring archives
    • Specialist Reference Library
    • Film and Video Library

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    Sunbeam 1000hp of 1927

    by globetrott Updated Dec 16, 2014

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    This is another world-record car: The Sunbeam 1000hp of 1927.It was built by Major Henry Segrave,who made his record-attempts in Daytona Beach / Florida.The Sunbeam 1000hp was powered by 2 engines with 12 cylindres & 435HP each and it had a chain drive to the wheels.
    This car was the very first car in history to attain a Speed of more than 200mhp !
    In March 29th, 1927 he achieved a new record speed of 327km/h / 203 mph.
    It is a pity that all of these interesting cars with world records are standing so close to each other in the Museum, so it is very hard to take perfect photos from all sides !

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    Blue Bird: the car-speedrecord of 1961

    by globetrott Written Dec 16, 2014

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    This was the fastest car in my childhood and so it was a really great surprise to see it there in the Motormuseum: Blue Bird was the Name of the speed-record car made by Donald Campbell in 1961, who drove a new record in July 17th, 1964 with a top-Speed of 648 km/h / 403 mph.
    The construction of this car was quite expensive: £1.000.000 and it was powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Proteus gas turbine engine with a total of 4.1000HP.
    The record was finally made in Lake Eyre / Australia on a desolate, flat salt plain, but it needed several attempts and over 2 years before they succeded with the record.

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    Golden Arrow of 1929

    by globetrott Written Dec 16, 2014

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    The Golden Arrow of 1929 was designed by J.S. Irving in 1929 and it used a 1000HP Napier Lion aero-engine with 12 cylindres. In March 11th, 1929 he broke the world record at Daytona Beach / Florida with a top-Speed of 372 km/h / 231 mph
    The Golden arrow is just one of the many unique worldrecord cars that you will find in the collection of the Beaulieu Motormuseum.

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    Peter Ustinov's Mercedes 36/220 of 1928

    by globetrott Updated Dec 15, 2014

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    In my personal opinion this is one of the finest cars of the collection : Sir Peter Ustinov's Mercedes 36/220 of 1928. It was designed by Dr Ferdinand Porsche, who was working for Mercedes at that time and the supercharged S Type of this car has since become one of the most desirable of all vintage sports cars. There were only 146 cars of that model made and who knows how many of them still exist. This very car was in the posession of Sir Peter Ustinov before it became part of the museum's carcollection.

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    The Capacity of this car is 6,789cc with 6 cylindres
    Maximum Speed was 110mph / 177hm/h

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    Palace House

    by SallyM Updated Mar 1, 2014

    After the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, the Beaulieu estate fell into the hands of Thomas Wriothesley, a royal servant and close associate of Thomas Cromwell. He purchased Beaulieu from the King in July 1538, for the sum of £1,340 6s 8d. He adapted the former gatehouse into a manor house, though it was not used as a regular residence until Victorian times, when the current Lord Montagu’s grandfather (later first Lord Montagu of Beaulieu) received the Beaulieu estate as a wedding present and set about making substantial alterations. He added an east wing and a new main entrance on the west side.

    Today, the house is still very much a family home, and the Entrance Hall displays many artefacts belonging to the family: from the first Lord Montagu’s travelling medicine cabinet, to a picture of the train driven by the second Lord Montagu during a railway strike and a cast of the current Lord Montagu's hand.

    There are costumed ‘staff’ on hand to answer visitors’ questions. The kitchens are particularly interesting. As well as the old-fashioned utensils (some of which are remarkably similar to those in my own kitchen!) a blackboard displays the upstairs and downstairs menus for a particular date. When I visited I thought that the servants’ rabbit stew sounded much more appetising than the upstairs menu.

    I found the house very beautiful. It is imposing, with vaulted ceilings, but at the same time feels like a real family home rather than a palace.

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    The World of Top Gear

    by SallyM Updated Mar 1, 2014

    The World of Top Gear is a must for fans of a certain 'ambitious but rubbish' TV show. You can see many of the vehicles that have been involved in Top Gear challenges over the years (or what is left of them...) including the stretched Fiat Panda, and the Reliant Space Shuttle.

    The 'Enormodrome' offers an opportunity to experience what it is like inside the Top Gear studio, and includes a screening of a short 'behind the scenes' film. You can also view up-to-date lap times for the 'Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car' (though the writing on the board is much neater than Jeremy's. I was relieved to see that my car was on the 'cool' side of the famous 'Cool Wall'.

    The Hover Van The car for senior citizens- what's left of it.... Reliant Space Shuttle Cars from the 'Three Wise Men' special The Stretched Panda Limo
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    Beaulieu: Palace House, Abbey and Motor Museum

    by SallyM Updated Feb 28, 2014

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    There are four separate main attractions at Beaulieu, all included in a single ticket:
    Beaulieu Abbey, the remains of the original Cistercian Abbey;
    Palace House, the home of the Montagu family, which was converted from the original Abbey gatehouse;
    The National Motor Museum and
    The World of Top Gear,
    so there is something for everyone. There are also a couple of smaller exhibits - one on cars that have appeared on screen (including Mr Bean's mini, and Del Boy's van) and one on the use of Beaulieu as a Special Operations Executive base during World War II. Note that the James Bond exhibit has now closed.

    Visitors can take free rides on a monorail or vintage bus in order to get around the site, although the distances are easily walkable.

    To visit everything takes 4-5 hours.

    The on-site Brabazon restaurant has a café and self-service restaurant which offers a choice of hot dishes. Prices are reasonable for the quality, but there is also a picnic area if you prefer to bring your own food.

    Admission (2014) is £20 for adults, £9.95 for children. Family tickets £52.50. Admission is free to Friends of the Historic Houses Association.

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    Beaulieu Abbey

    by SallyM Updated Feb 28, 2014

    Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204, on land given by King John to the Cistercian monks, probably in order to make up for previous misdeeds. It was his only religious foundation, and was on the site of a former royal hunting lodge in the New Forest.

    The Cistercian order itself had been founded in 1098, by the Abbot of Citeaux, who felt that the Benedictines were not applying the monastic rule strictly enough. In contrast to the black habits of the Benedictines, Cistercians wore white. They were particularly known for keeping sheep, which meant that as well as wool, they had a ready supply of vellum for manuscripts.

    The Abbey Church at Beaulieu was once the largest Cistercian building in England, but now only a single wall and the pillar bases remain, so that all that can be seen is the outlines in the grass. The former refectory is now used as Beaulieu Parish church. The Domus, or living quarters of the lay brothers remains intact and is used as an abbey museum.

    If you like to read an appropriate book when travelling, try Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The White Company which opens with scenes in Beaulieu Abbey.

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    National Motor Museum

    by SallyM Updated Feb 27, 2014

    John, Second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu was one of the early pioneers of motoring in England. He was the first person to drive a motor car into the House of Commons Yard, and as MP for the New Forest he promoted a bill that raised the speed limit from 12 to 20 mph in 1903.

    The National Motor Museum began as a display of veteran cars which the current Lord Montagu created in his father’s honour, back in 1952. After a while, the collection was moved into a separate museum: the current building was opened in 1972.

    Today, the collection includes over 300 vehicles, dating from the 1890s to the present day. As well as cars from different eras, there are also some record-breakers and some oddities: the car from the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and a promotional car built in the shape of an orange (it has a tendency to roll, apparently!).

    There are also recreations of an old-fashioned garage and street scene, a display of advertising, including some charming early cinema commercials, and an opportunity to take a pod ride through the history of motoring.

    'Outspan' promotional car, based on a Mini. National Motor Museum Garage scene, National Motor Museum Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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    Nice carmuseum

    by amsor Updated Nov 27, 2012

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    Beaulieu has a nice carmuseum for James Bondcars and cars with global speedrecords like the bluebird and so plus many vintagecars of last century. It is a nice castle and park also. Maybe 2-3 hours from London, it is close to Southhampton.

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    Top Gear - The Vietnam Special

    by Maria81 Written Dec 25, 2011

    The Challenge:

    For one of the Christmas specials, the Top Gear team is given the challenge of covering 1,000 miles from the south of Vietnam to the North - in 10 days. And they are given millions of local currency to buy themselves some wheels. The problem is... The millions turn out to be only USD 1,500 per person - nowhere near enough to buy any car.

    The Exhibits:

    There was only one way to resolve the problem - buy second-hand motorcycles and try to complete the challenge using them (and, should one of them fail, a 'Made in the USA' bike which was really inappropriate given historical context - and, thus, offered a great incentive to keep the old bikes working). The Top Gear show features the 3 bikes - Jeremy Clarkson's scooter, Richard Hammond's Minsk, and James May's Honda.

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    Top Gear - Middle East Special

    by Maria81 Written Oct 29, 2011

    The Challenge:

    Clarkson, Hammond and May - the modern-day 'three wise men' - have to follow in the footsteps of the original Three Wise Men, getting from by northern Iraq to a stable in Bethlehem, using second-hand two-seater convertibles bought for 3,500 pounds - supposedly carrying the gifts for baby Jesus (including a Nintendo console).

    They drive through the Kurdish part of Iraq (after they were not allowed into Iran), through Turkey, Syria, Jordan and finally into Israel - all that to find... a baby Stig in a manger.

    The Exhibits:

    The three cars from the special, still with their original features (the tent, 'the paint of many colours, the bullet hole from the failed sand shot-blocking system): Clarkson's Mazda MX-5, Hammond's Fiat Barchetta and May's BMW Z3.

    'Top Gear' - 'Car of Many Colours'

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