The hugely anticipated Great British Car Journey attraction is due to open its doors to the public for the first time this Saturday, May 22
The Great British Car Journey treats visitors to an interactive timeline of the British car industry, from the Austin Seven in the 1920s through to a McLaren 650S supercar, via a whole host of humble real-world cars. Classics World was among the visitors for a special opening day, with an official ceremony conducted by McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt and Richard Usher.
Located just off the A6 in a former industrial site in Ambergate, Derbyshire, the attraction is the brainchild of former Auto Windscreens and Blyton Park owner Richard Usher. Originally set to open in 2020, the project had to shelved following serious health issues with two of its founders, plus flooding at the site.
Now though, the project has been rebooted and now features more than 150 classic British cars, all of which are running courtesy of an on-site workshop staffed by time-served mechanic Mark Lawrence and 17-year-old Heritage Skills Academy apprentice, Luke Henshaw.
In addition, the four-acre site features a gift shop and café, plus the opportunity to ‘Drive Dad’s Car’, which allows a nostalgic driving experience alongside an instructor in one of over 30 family favourites of yesteryear, spanning at least three generations.
The attraction will be open every day until October, from 10am-6pm. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the venue is currently operating a pre-booking system with 15-minute arrival slots. For more information and to book tickets, see www.greatbritishcarjourney.com