Buckle up for fascinating accounts of globe-trotting journeys and fast cars, with four lectures set to take place at the National Motor Museum over the coming months. From adventures in the air and on two wheels, to tales of iconic racing cars and Formula One legends, you’ll be spoiled for choice with stimulating talks at Beaulieu this winter.
On Saturday 17th December, join Colin Hales for Have plane, will travel, as he recounts his astonishing story of flying around the world in a homemade aircraft, exploring the globe in a diminutive flying machine that he designed and built himself in various sheds and garages.
Colin dared to fly to parts of the world that an aircraft of that size had never been to before, meeting all manner of people, seeing extraordinary sights and breaking down international barriers along the way. To find out how such an extreme journey is even possible, find out more at nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/have-plane-will-travel-colin-hales.
If daring adventures in far-flung places are your thing, then in the New Year join author, journalist and adventurer Steph Jeavons on Saturday 21st January, as she returns to the National Motor Museum by popular demand.
Since circumnavigating the globe solo on her trusty 250cc motorbike, Rhonda the Honda, Steph’s adventures have included leading a team of 23 women to Everest Base Camp in Tibet, walking her dog 1000km across some of the UK’s highest peaks, and establishing biking destination MotoCamp Wales in Snowdonia National Park. Steph will have plenty of travel updates to share with the audience, so head to nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/steph-jeavons-returns to book your place.
Make sure to join award-winning motor sport journalist Maurice Hamilton on Saturday 18th February, as he talks about his life and career, which has seen him become part of the Formula One scene since 1977, working with a remarkable selection of motor racing personalities.
From attending his first race as a child in Northern Ireland, and his first Formula One event as a professional journalist, to commentating on BBC Radio 5 Live and writing more than 20 books, including biographies for such motorsport giants as Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Damon Hill and Murray Walker, Maurice will be sharing some of his insightful anecdotes into this remarkable world. Visit nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/40-years-of-formula-1 to find out more.
Rescheduled for 2023, the legendary marque of Bugatti will come under the spotlight on Saturday 18th March, as award-winning restorer and avid Bugatti enthusiast Richard Skinner hosts So you think you know about Bugatti?
Join Richard as he gives a fascinating insight into the Bugatti dynasty, covering trains, planes and automobiles as he investigates one of the most revered motoring marques of all time. Even the most ardent motoring fan is sure to learn something new that they didn’t know about the celebrated French performance car manufacturer. Go to nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/so-you-think-you-know-about-bugatti for further details.
All of the talks will take place from 7.30pm until 10pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre. Tickets are £10 (or £7.50 for Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust) which are available from Friends Membership Secretary Theresa Browning at email@example.com or 01590 614792.
All profits help support the National Motor Museum Trust, with more lectures, covering a variety of fascinating transport-related subjects, to be announced in due course.
For more information about membership of the Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust see www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/the_friends.
Image: NMM Bugatti lecture - 1924 Bugatti Type 35