Launch of sound cards for National Motor Museum vehicles

Posted  08.12.2016
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The National Motor Museum Trust has created an exclusive range of greetings cards which play recordings of some of the most iconic record breakers, motorcycles and racing cars in its world-famous collection.

Twenty-one vehicles were chosen for their unique engine sounds, which are played as the cards open. The cards, which are available to buy in the Beaulieu attraction gift shop, have been produced with Hampshire Cultural Trust and Really Wild Cards.

1961 Honda RC162 motorcycle sound card
1961 Honda RC162 motorcycle sound card

Many of the engine sounds were recorded specially for the project and the Motoring Picture Library has provided pictures from its collection to feature on the front of the cards.

The cars featured in the card range include the:

  • 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster
  • 1930 Bentley 4.5 Supercharged
  • 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1920 Sunbeam 350hp
  • 1967 Lotus 49
  • 1903 De Dion Bouton
  • 1956 Austin Healey 100M
  • 1954 Triumph TR2
  • 1914 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle
  • 1949 Morris Minor
  • 1968 MGC GT
  • 1969 Jensen Interceptor
  • 1953 VW Beetle
  • 1989 Lotus Esprit
  • 1924 Bugatti T35
  • 1948 Land Rover
  • 1950 BRM V16
  • 1936 Brough Special motorcycle combination
  • 1960 Allard Dragster
  • 1961 Honda RC162 motorcycle
  • 1912 Sunbeam Coupe de L’auto

Jonathan Day, Motoring Picture Library Manager at the National Motor Museum Trust, said:  “The photographs for the cards were taken in the Beaulieu attraction grounds and in our studio and we have included caption details of the vehicle’s history on the back of each card. All of the vehicles included are part of the National Motor Museum’s collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history and we are very excited to be part of this unique project.”

1989 Lotus Esprit
1989 Lotus Esprit

The project is part of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s aim to develop opportunities by connecting museums with the creative economy. The cards are also available online at

1912 Sunbeam Coupe de L'auto
1912 Sunbeam Coupe de L’auto

To see the actual vehicles featured on the cards, entrance to the National Motor Museum is included in the Beaulieu admission price and discounted tickets can be bought in advance online at see Beaulieu is open every day except Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm. For more information call 01590 612345.

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