More than 30 emergency vehicles of the past will be on show in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, from fully-equipped fire engines to police patrol cars.
Equally eye-catching will be two World War II themed trailers, which recreate shelters that were familiar to blitzed Britons in period-perfect detail. A mobile recreation of a 1940s police station will be set up in the Beaulieu grounds, joined by an Air Raid Precautions mobile unit built using a vintage caravan.
Representing the long arm of the law will be a diverse selection of police vehicles, including an ex-Hampshire Constabulary 1966 Volvo 121 Amazon estate, one of the first foreign cars to be used by a British police force, and a sporty 1959 MGA Roadster used by Lancashire Constabulary.
Rapid traffic duty classics include a 1969 Lotus Cortina and V8-powered 1985 Rover SD1 3500SE. Look out for a wide variety of American police patrol cars, including Chevrolet Caprices, a Camaro and Impala, plus no less than six sturdy Ford Crown Victoria squad cars. As different as chalk and cheese will be an Austin Allegro panda car and a replica of the incredible 1970s Ford Falcon XB used in the Mad Max films.
Bedford wartime fire engineThe Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group will display its members’ classic police cars, including an ex-Metropolitan Police special escort group 1994 Range Rover P38 and Vauxhall Vectra SRI 2.6 V6.
Three fully-equipped Dennis Rapiers will represent the proud heritage of the fire engine, with these huge but rapid machines joined by a 1939 Bedford WLG Heavy Unit fire engine, still in its wartime Auxiliary Fire Service livery. Classic ambulance fans will love the 1950 Austin Sheerline DA1 ambulance, which will be joined by a diminutive Smart car ambulance and American-built 2005 Ford E350 ambulance, plus a 2001 Dodge Ram Military Police security van.
Bedford wartime fire engine
The event, which will mark the start of the year in office for Lord Montagu’s sister Mary Montagu-Scott as the High Sheriff of Hampshire, will also feature a CSI Beaulieu murder mystery at Palace House. Find out from Specialist Operations Regiment, Royal Military Police forensic investigators how to hunt for clues, dust for fingerprints, collect evidence and photograph the scene of a crime. A cast of Beaulieu guides and actors will bring the story to life for event-goers to follow the murder trail around the Montagu family home.
Once the crime has been solved at the end of the trail, see how it feels to be locked inside a prison cell with a visit to the groundbreaking Prison Me! No Way! mobile prison cell van raising awareness for young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.
Event demonstrations include the rescue of a celebrity casualty from the scene of a crash as the emergency services stage an extrication display on the Events Arena.
Allegro police panda car
Expect the unexpected with a VIP kidnap which shows the role of bodyguards to protect potential targets from the threat of a real-life attack.
For family fun, see horses in the New Forest Agisters’ pound, dog skill demonstrations by the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service plus Police puppies and retired German Shepherds from the charity Pensions4Paws.
All of The 999 Show event features are included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu. Entrance also offers access to the whole Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House – which has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 – and its stunning grounds and gardens.
To book tickets in advance online or for more event details, see The 999 Show page or call the events team on 01590 612888.
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