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Climbing mountains on motorbikes, Austin adventures and petroliana in Beaulieu’s spring lectures

Globetrotting adventures and automotive treasures are at the heart of the new programme of spring lectures at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.


Starting the new year in style is The Goodwood Story on Saturday 18th January, as racer and demonstration driver Harry Sherrard talks about Goodwood’s long association with motorsport. Starting with Brooklands racer Freddie March, the 9th Duke of Richmond, the story charts the creation of Goodwood racing circuit which enjoyed a golden era of motorsport from 1948 to 1966. Harry was involved in the 1990s resurrection of this famous track, resulting in the introduction of Goodwood Revival.

The Goodwood Story - MG Midget with Freddie March 1931

In Austin Adventures on Saturday 15th February immerse yourself in the world of the ‘baby’ Austin cars, as George Mooney talks about his journeys. Since George and his wife Joy bought an Austin Seven as daily transport in 1962, the couple have travelled the world in a selection of these diminutive pre-war classics. The pinnacle of their five decades of travels was driving across South America in 2005, followed by a journey across America on the legendary Route 66.

Austin Adventures - Joy Mooney on Corsica to Pyrenees trip

Then back by popular demand is Steph Jeavons Returns on Saturday 21st March, as the author, journalist and motorcycling adventurer talks about leading the first ever all-female riding group from Kathmandu to Mount Everest Base Camp. Hear how ‘Girls on Top’ was an incredible journey filled with highs and lows, as the bikers battled with extreme weather conditions, injuries and altitude sickness, before reaching their destination. This evening includes exclusive access to the National Motor Museum from 6pm.

Steph Jeavons Returns - Kathmandu to Everest

The Petroliana Experience on Saturday 18th April offers a guide through the world of vintage petrol pumps, period garage equipment, advertising artwork and other sought-after collectables from the golden age of motoring. Alan Chandler has a collection of almost 4,000 items and has travelled the world in search of illusive petroliana of yesteryear, as well as writing four books as an expert on the subject.

The Petroliana Experience


All of the talks will take place at 7.30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre. Tickets are £10 (or £7.50 for Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust) which are available from Theresa Browning at friends@beaulieu.co.uk or 01590 614792.

All profits help support the National Motor Museum Trust. For more information about membership of the Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust click here.



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