Do you have fond memories of watching the film as a child, singing along to the musical, marvelling as Chitty’s wings unfolded for the first time or hiding from the Child Catcher? Or do you still have a treasured Corgi model of the legendary flying car tucked away, or perhaps books, games, posters, lunch boxes or even your own Chitty pedal car?
Then head to Beaulieu’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/nationalmotormuseum , Twitter @Beaulieu_Hants or Instagram @national_motor_museum to share your stories and pictures. The winner will be invited as a VIP guest for a photo opportunity inside the original Child Catcher Carriage, win a selection of sweet treats and gifts from the Toot Sweet trolley, a brand new Corgi Chitty model and £50 lunch voucher for the Brabazon Restaurant . . . and be treated to a ride around the grounds of the attraction in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction.
The competition celebrates a last chance to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years in the National Motor Museum before the exhibition closes on November 3rd. Visitors can see an original screen Chitty, the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious, Lord Scrumptious’ rare Austro-Daimler 27/80 Prince Henry, the original Child Catcher carriage, the film’s inventive machines created by Rowland Emett, a replica Grandpa Potts’ hut and previously unseen original film artwork and memorabilia.
For October half-term, from October 27th – November 3rd, you can also follow a Chitty trail around the attraction to hear Chitty storytelling in Palace House, get hands-on with Chitty-themed crafts and even see Chitty in action as it is driven around the grounds.
You may not have a solid silver Chitty model like the one featured in our exhibition but we would love to see what treasures you have. From fun everyday items to unique souvenirs, it’s amazing what quirky and unexpected Chitty memorabilia is waiting to be discovered.
Remarkable props brought together by the exhibition’s curator have included the original Spy Phone which had been hanging on the wall of a pub, a scale model of Grandpa Potts’ hut which starred in the film’s flying scenes, costumes as worn in the film and its storyboard artwork.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years can be seen as part of the general admission to Beaulieu. For competition T&Cs, click here. The competition closes on Sunday 20th October.