Heritage Motor Centre

Entry: Adults £9, Five to 16 year olds £7, under fives free
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm everyday
Contact: Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon, CV35 0BJ.

Tel: 01926 641188
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Best bit: James Bond’s 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish with machine guns
Worst bit: Entry is a bit steep at £9 for adults and £7 for children

Motor enthusiasts will froth at the mouth at the thought of visiting the world’s largest collection of historic British motor cars.
But it’s not just the collection that is impressive – its presentation is attractive enough to entice the bored partners and children of motor maniacs.
Encircling the main showroom is a timeline charting the evolution of the car – tying it in with real life events of the last 100 years, from the Blitz to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
There is an enlightening section on what life was like for those working in the early factories in Coventry.
A section for kids has plenty of interactive games and they can even sit in a 19th Century car.
For 007 fans there is the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish. This was driven by Pierce Brosnan in Die another Day and features machine guns, rocket launchers and the ability to travel at 100mph … in reverse.
Movie goers will also be interested in Fab I – Lady Penelope’s garish limousine from the 2004 film Thunderbirds.
There’s action outside the centre too. Visitors can try their hand at go karting or take an off-road tour in a four-wheel drive vehicle although they should check these events are running before setting off.

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