The National Motorcycle Museum is based around the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world and features examples from some 171 different domestic manufacturers. The total number of bikes on display throughout its five halls is just shy of a thousand, making the collection second only in size to the Barber Collection in the US.
This museum was founded in 1984 by Roy Richards as a representation of the British motorcycle industry ‘in the metal’ and as such all exhibits are presented as they would have looked the day they left the factory – every bike is subjected to an exhaustive nut-and-bolt restoration prior to being lovingly displayed.
Working bikes, such as those issued to the police and military, feature prominently along with a vast number of fascinating prototypes. And it’s not just road bikes, as there’s an entire hall dedicated to competition machines, where among the trials, scrambles and sprint motorcycles, you’ll find the complete set of works Norton rotaries.
Once a year the Museum holds the hugely popular NMM Live Open Day when it allows free entry to all visitors; this year’s event will be taking place on Saturday, November 4. A full programme will run throughout the day including a chat show hosted by racing legend Steve Parrish that will feature Freddie Spencer and Carl Fogarty plus Peter Hickman, Michael Rutter, Maria Costello, John Cooper and Peter Williams to name but a few. The museum’s expert restoration team will be in attendance too.
There will also be the opportunity to hear many of the museum’s famous race machines running in the Start Up Arena, as well as several ex-MotoGP bikes, and if that’s not enough to keep you occupied on top of the museum’s incredible collection, an indoor autojumble and trade area will be running throughout the day – even lunch time is covered, when a live band will be playing in the Ballacraine food court and bar area.
Where is it?
Coventry Road, Bickenhill,Solihull, West Midlands B92 0EJ
When is it?
Open 7 days, 8.30am-5.30pm
£9.95. See online for full details on concessions
01675 443311 or visit www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk
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