Long lost episodes of ‘Drive In’, ‘Wheelbase’, ‘Motorfair’, ‘The Motor Show’, ‘Wheels’ and ‘Wheeltracks’ – motoring programmes which pre-dated Top Gear – are to be screened again at the National Motor Museum (NMM) in Beaulieu during its Spring lectures.

‘First Gear – The Car and TV before Jeremy’ takes place on Saturday, February 24, featuring footage compiled from the National Museum Trust’s collection; presented by former Top Gear presenter Chris Goffey, the event will screen undiscovered recordings compiled by the NMM’s Film and Video Curator Sarah Wyatt and her team.

Saturday, March 10 will explore the motorsport industry from the perspective of David Richards CBE, Chairman of Prodrive, Chairman elect of the Motor Sports Association and former Chairman of Aston Martin. The career of rallyists Bronwen ‘Bron’ Burrell and Tina Kerridge-Reynolds will be celebrated, on Saturday, April 28.

The latter talk, entitled ‘Speed Queens’, will look at the all-female rally team who took part in the gruelling 1970 World Cup Rally in their Austin Maxi nicknamed ‘ Puff the Magic Wagon’. Having appeared at last week’s Historic Rally Car Register Open Day at Gaydon, Bron and Tina made headlines last year when, reunited with ‘Puff’, took part in the HERO London to Lisbon historic rally, retracing the first leg of the World Cup Rally held 47 years previously

Each of the evening sessions start at 7.30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre. The museum will be open from 6pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre.

Tickets cost £10 (or £7.50 for Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust members) are available from Theresa Browning at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN. Email Theresa at friends@beaulieu.co.uk or call her on 01590 614792. Please provide an email address in any correspondence and if tickets are required by post, please provide an SAE. All profits help to support the National Motor Museum Trust.