A Breif History of Motoring in the UK

The UK has a rich history of motoring. Dating back to the late 1600s when a crude but effective engine was developed to pump water from coal mines through to Richard Trevithick's 'Camborne' steam powered motor vehicle in the early 1800s, the 'Red Flag Act' (or the Locomotives Highway Act to use its correct term), and later on to 1896 when the act was repealed and the year that the British Motor Industry takes its first real foothold in British Motor Manufacturing and Production.

UK's Motor Car Act

In 1903, UK Parliament passes the 'Motor Car Act' and issues the first UK Driving Licences and Vehicle Number Registrations (Number Plates). Amazingly, the speed limit at this time is still limited to 15mph.

Classic Car History

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Early British Adoption

The establishment of the RAC in 1906 demonstrates the British adoption of Motor Vehicle Technology and motoring history since then proves our love and passion for Petrol Propelled, Four Wheel and Two Wheel Vehicles. The British have been fascinated with Classic Car Motoring Cars and Bikes ever since. Unquestionable testament to this is the UKs myriad of Classic Car Clubs, Trusts, Registers, Events and Museums densely embedded and highly active in the UK. Join our passion and fascination, for all things mechanical, with the list below of UK Classic Car Museums and other interesting places to visit.

- Tim Williams - March 2014


Aberdeenshire

Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8AE


Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY


Anglesey

Tyddyn Pwrpas, Newborough, Anglesey, LL61 6TN


Bedfordshire

Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome ,Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP


Station Road, Lower Stondon, Henlow, Beds, SG16 6JN


Park Street, Luton Bedfordshire.,


Park Street, Luton, LU1 3ET


Park Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3HG


Berkshire

Eton Wick, Common Road, Windsor, SL4 6QY


Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield, RG2 9NJ


Berwickshire

44 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU


Harbour Road, Eyemouth, TD14 5SS


Bristol

Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN


Buckinghamshire

The Mansion Bletchley Park Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB


Cambridgeshire

Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR


Cheshire

The Hangars, South Road, Hooton Park Airfield, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 1BQ


French Lane, Nantwich,


Mouldsworth Motor Museum, Smithy Lane, Mouldsworth, Cheshire, CH3 8AR


Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8BL


French Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AP


Church Lane, Gawsworth, Cheshire, SK11 9RN


Cornwall

The Old Station, Camelford, PL32 9TZ


Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3NJ


Gwindra Road, St. Stephen, St. Austell, PL26 7LB


Cornwall Motor Museum, Old Mill, St. Austell, PL26 7RX


County Durham

Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG


The Esplanade, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 3AH


Newton Aycliffe, DL1 4EX


Hartlepool Marina, Maritime Ave, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 0XZ


Jackson Dock, Maritime Ave, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 0XZ


Kirkleatham, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5NW


Locomotion, Soho Street, Shildon, DL4 1PQ


Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH


Cumbria

Standish Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5LS


Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8TA.,


Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8TA


Denbighshire

Pentre Felin, Llangollen, North Wales, LL20 8EE


Derbyshire

Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP


Old Rd, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2ER


East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2PR


Devon

Bradworthy Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 7RW


Chittlehampton Umberleigh N Devon, EX37 9RZ


Motoring Memories, Swan Hill Road, Colyford Devon.,


Arlington, nr Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP


15 Land Park Chumleigh Devon, EX18 7BH


World of Country Life Sandy Bay, Littleham Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5BU


Motoring Memories, Swan Hill Road, Colyford, Devon, EX24 6QQ


Dorset

Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG


East Lothian

Aberlady, Longniddry, East Lothian, EH32 0PZ


East Sussex

Halland, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5AF


East Yorkshire

Fort Paull, Battery Road, Paull, Nr Hull, Lincolnshire, HU12 8FP


Dalton Street, Cleveland Street, Hull, HU8 8BB


Edinburgh

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, 76-78 Lauriston Place, EH3 9DE


Essex

Southend-on-Sea, Basildon, Chelmsford., SS11 7RF


105 Point Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7TD


Fife

M90 Commerce Park, Lathalmond, by Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 0SJ


Glasgow

100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS


Fordneuk Street, Glasgow, G40 3AH


Gloucestershire

Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD


The Old Mill, Bourton on the Water, The Old Mill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY


Hampshire

Portsmouth Museums and Records Service, Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 2LJ


Newport Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2ED


Leisure Park, Churchill Way West Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG22 6PG


Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN


Salisbury Road Blashford, Ringwood, BH24


Bashley Cross Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5SZ


Newport Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EF


Salisbury Road Blashford, Ringwood, BH24 1AU


Ireland

Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Dublin 13,


Slaheny, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, Southern Ireland,


Slaheny, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, T8F97-MV7


Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Dublin 13, KGJRG-J28


Doon Ballinahoun, Co. Offaly, Ireland, HHD8V-PV2


Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, K2JLP-DV3


64 Main Street, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, BT94 4EZ


Aras Ide, Foynes, Co. Limerick, MH4XX-KDJ


Grianan House, Tramore Road, Cork, Co. Cork, V82NK-GFT


Cappog, Bellanode, County Monaghan, CH8L2-N36


Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, KM3QH-9FP


Isle of Wight

High Street, Brading, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0DQ


Isles of Scilly

Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QQ


Kent

Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, TN12 0HE


11 Cogans Terrace, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3SJ


Willingdon Road, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2JX


Falstaff Antiques, 63 High Street, Rolvenden, Kent, TN17 4LP


The Archbishops' Stables, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE


Lanarkshire

Moat Park Heritage Centre, Kirkstyle, Biggar, ML12 6DT


Burn Brae, Twynholm, Scotland, DG6 4NU


129 Muir Street, Hamilton, Strathclyde, Scotland,


129 Muir Street, Hamilton, Strathclyde, Scotland, ML3 6BJ


Lancashire

King Steet, Leyland, Nr Preston, Lancashire, PR25 2LE


Maclure Road, Rochdale, OL11 1DN


47 Brantfell Drive, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8AW


Custom House, St George's Quay Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1RB


Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, FY7 6BT


Leicestershire

Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP


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Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LN


Bond Lane, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, LE12 7AR


Corporation Road, Abbey Lane, Leicester, LE4 5PX


Leicester City, N/A


Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Lutterworth, Leicsestershire, LE17 5QS


Lincolnshire

Cadwell Park, Nr Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 9SE


East Kirkby Airfield, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 4DE


Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 3QT


Clover Farm, Main Road, Langrick, Boston, PE22 7AW


Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX


London

Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ


London Ambulance Service Museum London Ambulance Service NHS Trust Aldborough Road South Ilford, IG3 8HQ


3 Nestles Avenue, Hayes, UB3 4SB


29 Oldfield Lane South Greenford, UB6 9LD


39 Wellington Street, London, SE18 6QB


London Transport Museum Depot 2 Museum Way 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane London, W3 9BQ


Metropolitan Police Service New Scotland Yard Broadway London, SW1H 0BG


Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL


Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DL


Covent Garden, Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB


Manchester

Boyle Street Manchester, M8


Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP


22 Clarence Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1QP


Boyle Street, Manchester, M8 8UW


Merseyside

The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St Helens, WA10 1DU


Middlesex

Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HW


Norfolk

Caister on Sea, Great Yarmouth., NR30 5SN


Muckleburgh House, Weybourne Roadd, Holt, NR25 7EG


Station Yard, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 0DS


Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EN


East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, NR27 9HB


The Rocket House, The Promenade, Cromer, NR27 9ET


Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, NR26 8BG


The Slipway, West Cliff, Sheringham, NR26 8JT


Beach Road, Mundesley, NR11 8BG


North Yorkshire

York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9UE


Edenhouse Road, Old Malton, Malton, YO17 6RT


Roxby Garage, Pickering Road, Thornton, Dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LH


Roxby Garage, Pickering Road, Thornton Dale, YO18 7LH


Whitby Museum, Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU


5 King Street, Redcar, Clevelend, TS10 3AH


Northamptonshire

4 Rutherford Way, Daventry, Northants, NN11 8XW


Northern Ireland

153 Bangor Road, Cultra Holywood, Co Down, Northern, Ireland, BT18 0EU


Nottinghamshire

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, NG8 2AE


Oxfordshire

Old Station Yard Main Rd, Long Hanborough, Witney, OX29 8LA


Oxon

Long Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4QD


Scotland

Bridge Street, Elgin, Moray,


Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA


Bridge Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 4DE


Somerset

Doverhay Garage, High Street, Porlock, TA24 8PS


Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH


The Heritage Centre, Market Square, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 7JU


RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset, BA22 8HW


Market Place, Helston, Cornwall, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8TH


77 Alfred Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1PP


St. Thomas Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8DA


Harbour Studio, The Warren, Polperro, Cornwall, PL13 2RB


Locking Moor Road, Somerset, BS24 8PP


Harbour Road, Watchet, (Opposite the West Somerset Railway Station), TA23 0AQ


South Yorkshire

Old Fire Station, West Bar, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8PT


Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Abbeydale Road, South Sheffield, S7 2QW


Waddington Way, just off Aldwarke Lane (A6123) in Aldwarke, Rotherham, S65 3SH


Staffordshire

The National Brewery Centre, Horninglow Street, Burton Upon Trent, DE14 1NG


Suffolk

Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8BL


Cobham Road Ipswich, IP3 9JD


Surrey

Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN


Cobham Hall, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge, KT13 0QN


Alfold Road, Dunsfold, Surrey, GU8 4NP


Sussex

M23 (J11), off the B2110 Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PP


Tyne and Wear

Military Vehicle Museum, Exhibition Park Pavillion, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ


35 Townfield Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8PY


The North East Bus Preservation Trust Ltd, 8 Seaburn Hill, Sunderland, SR6 8BS


Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA


North Bridge Street, Sunderland, SR5 1AP


Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3JA


Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Rd, Sunderland, SR6 7NH


Wales

Station Road, Betws y Coed, Conwy County, LL24 0AG


Lawnt, Denbigh, Denbighshire, LL16 4SU


Newry Beach, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1YD


Life Boat House, Moelfre, Gwynedd, LL72 8LG


The Automobile Palace, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL


Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP


Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD


Keeston, Haverfordwest, Dyfed, Wales, SA62 6EJ


Pendine Carmarthen, SA33 4NY


The Harbour, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9LU


The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch port, Anglesey, LL68 9DB


SA1 Business Park, Langdon Road, Port Tennant, Swansea, SA1 8QY


Heol Y Mynydd, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4NY


Warwickshire

Banbury Road Gaydon Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ


West Lothian

Bridgeness Road, Bo'ness, EH51 9JR


West Midlands

208-216 Witton Lane, Birmingham, B6 6QE


Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ


Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1JD


Browns Lane, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9DR


Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ


The Car Park off the A4123 at Birmingham New Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SB


West Sussex

Amberley, near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT


West Yorkshire

Moorside Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD2 3HP


7-11 Foundry Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 3HW


Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, HD5 8DJ


Nutter Lane, Birstall, West Yorkshire, WF17 9LG


Wiltshire

Downside, Stockley Lane, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0NF


Hackpen Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 9NS


Worcestershire

Pickersleigh Road, Great Malvern, Malvern,


Pickersleigh Road, Great Malvern, Malvern, WR14 2LL


Yorkshire

Learoyd Street, Huddersfield, HD1 6QA


Hutton-le-Hole, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6UA


Waddington Way, just off Aldwarke Lane (A6123) in Aldwarke, Rotherham.,


Halifax Way, Elvington, York, YO41 4AU


Alexandra Mills, Alexandra Road, Batley, WF17 6JA


South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Dakota Way, Airbourne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7NW


36 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NQ


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