30 October, 2012

A car enthusiasts delight

If you're passionate about cars, then I have just the place for you. The Lakeland Motor Museum, which is located close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere, is an unexpected delight! It has around 30,000 exhibits which have been assembled over a period of almost 50 years.

There are all sorts of exhibits here from vintage and classic cars, to those which are just plain fun - one of my own personal favourites is the little gem in the photo below!

As well as tracing over 100 years of motoring heritage, the museum also pays tribute to Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell. If you haven't heard of them, they were father and son who between them captured 21 world land and water speed records in the Bluebird series of cars and boats. Donald Campbell was tragically killed on nearby Coniston Water in 1967, whilst attempting to break his own water speed record.

There is actually a full size replica of the 1935 Bluebird car, along with the 1939 boat and jet hydroplane's. It's a fascinating place to visit, and there are so many weird and wonderful things to see here that it's worth a trip even if you're not a car enthusiast. For more information, visit the official website here.

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