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the 'Red Flag Act' (or the Locomotives Highway Act to use its correct term), and later on to 1896 when the act was repealed and the year that the British Motor Industry takes its first real foothold in British Motor Manufacturing and Production.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


Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8AE

Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY


Tyddyn Pwrpas, Newborough, Anglesey, LL61 6TN


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


Eton Wick, Common Road, Windsor, SL4 6QY

Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield, RG2 9NJ


44 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU

Harbour Road, Eyemouth, TD14 5SS


Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN


The Mansion Bletchley Park Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB


Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR


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


The Old Station, Camelford, PL32 9TZ

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

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

St Thomas Road, Launceston, PL15 8DA

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


Standish Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5LS

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

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


Pentre Felin, Llangollen, North Wales, LL20 8EE


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

Old Rd, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2ER

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


Bradworthy Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 7RW

Chittlehampton Umberleigh N Devon, EX37 9RZ

Motoring Memories, Swan Hill Road, Colyford Devon.,

Arlington, nr Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP

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

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


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


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


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

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

Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, CM9 6QA


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


100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Fordneuk Street, Glasgow, G40 3AH


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

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

Greater Manchester

Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

22 Clarence Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1QP

Boyle Street, Manchester, M8 8UW


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


Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Dublin 13,

Slaheny, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, Southern Ireland,

Slaheny, Kilgarvan, County Kerry, T8F97-MV7

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

Doon Ballinahoun, County Offaly, Ireland, HHD8V-PV2

Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, K2JLP-DV3

64 Main Street, Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, BT94 4EZ

Aras Ide, Foynes, County Limerick, MH4XX-KDJ

Grianan House, Tramore Road, Cork, County Cork, V82NK-GFT

Cappog, Bellanode, County Monaghan, CH8L2-N36

Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, KM3QH-9FP

Isle of Wight

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

Isles of Scilly

Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QQ


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


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


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


Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP


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


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


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


Boyle Street Manchester, M8


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


Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HW


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


4 Rutherford Way, Daventry, Northants, NN11 8XW

Northern Ireland

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


Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, NG8 2AE


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


Long Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4QD


Bridge Street, Elgin, Moray,

Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA

Bridge Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 4DE


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

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


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


Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8BL

Cobham Road Ipswich, IP3 9JD


Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN

Cobham Hall, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge, KT13 0QN

Alfold Road, Dunsfold, Surrey, GU8 4NP


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


Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD

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


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

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


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


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

Hackpen Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 9NS


Pickersleigh Road, Great Malvern, Malvern,

Pickersleigh Road, Great Malvern, Malvern, WR14 2LL


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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