National Motor Museum opens workshop for customer cars

New commercial venture sees museum garage open its doors to owners of pre-1970s classics

National Motor Museum opens workshop for customer cars

The workshop at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, is opening its previously private workshop to historic vehicles owned by enthusiasts, as its engineers draw upon decades of experience to expertly maintain customers’ cherished cars.

For nearly half a century, the workshop engineers have kept the National Motor Museum’s prestigious vehicle collection in tip-top order, tackling Land Speed Record breakers, legendary racing cars, unique luxury limousines, film star cars and more.

Now the workshop engineers are offering the same quality of service to private owners of historic vehicles, from veteran and vintage cars all the way up to pre-1970s classics.

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National Motor Museum manager and chief engineer Doug Hill said: “We are proud to be offering our skills to owners of older motor vehicles, helping them to keep their much-loved vehicles in fine working order.

“Between us, we have built up a collective experience of more than 100 years, working on some of the finest motor vehicles in the world.

“Now we are delighted to be helping other enthusiasts to look after their own cars and preserve their historic importance.”

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Lucas Oil has applauded the initiative of the workshop at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, which is opening its doors to offer the services of its mechanics to the owners of other vintage cars.

Dan Morgan, sales and operations director for Lucas Oil Products (UK) said: “It’s a very astute move in difficult times.

“We wish them every success.”

Lucas Oil’s safeguard ethanol fuel conditioner is among the brands and products currently used by the workshop.

It protects the fuel systems and seals in the vintage vehicles from the damage that can be caused by ethanol, which is routinely added to modern fuel blends.

While the ongoing maintenance of the museum collection of over 280 vehicles is a labour of love, the workshop team is now also welcoming new engineering challenges.

As a result, the engineers are able to apply their renowned high standard of workmanship to specialist maintenance, servicing and expert repairs.

The National Motor Museum’s vehicle collection is world-famous, along with its extensive range of motoring artefacts, photographic images, specialist reference library and film and video library.

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