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A fine day out for four-wheeled fans

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

The Heritage Motor Centre is a petrolhead's paradise

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I'VE spent the week driving a Toyota GT86. It's a fabulous new sports car that arrived on my driveway the day before my birthday. What great timing. 

To make the most of this four-wheeled 'gift' My brother and I decided to treat ourselves to a bit of a mini road trip. And we headed west, for a look round one of the motoring fan's must-see museums - the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

It's a fascinating place for any car fan, but the fun starts before you even reach its security gates - because it's right next to Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover's development sites.

So we indulged ourselves in some rather geeky car spotting before we made our way in along the long, sweeping driveway up to the stunning museum building.

Inside it's a petrolhead paradise. To one side of the entrance foyer is a line of fascinating and unusual prototypes and, on the other side, a pair of unique Aston Martins and a famous Land Rover - all this before you've even crossed the turnstile.

During our trip there was a Jaguar heritage display on as a centrepiece to the exhibits and, on the mezzanine floor, a display of Shell advertising posters dating back to the 1920s.

Exhibits rotate all the time and you can keep abreast of what's happening on the centre's website but one of the forthcoming highlights - from December 17 - is the Land Rover from Bond movie Skyfall. I might have to head back for that one.  The museum is a fantastic place to while away an afternoon. It's the second time I've been and it's great to see that there's always something different to peruse.  To help you get the most of the constantly rotating exhibits the museum is offering a 12 month pass at no extra cost - all you have to do is fill in a Gift Aid form when you pay your thoroughly reasonable £11 standard adult admission.  If your a fan of cars, or even just admire Britain's rich motoring heritage, pop along and have a look round. It's one of the best motoring displays in the country. 

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