A new display in the National Motor Museum, The Motorcycle Story, has been opened.
In welcoming guests on behalf of his father, Lord Montagu, the Hon Ralph Montagu said: “We are now well over half way through a total re-display of the National Motor Museum which has been several years in development and aims to improve the way we tell the story of motoring and motorcycling and display our celebrated collection of vehicles. The latest phase is the display of our motorcycle collection in The Motorcycle Story.”
Following a ribbon cutting, motor racing commentator, Murray Walker, was invited to unveil a plaque marking his father, Graham Walker’s role as the first curator of the motorcycle collection at Beaulieu, beside a display case celebrating his life and achievements. Unveiling the Motorcycling Icons Wall of Fame were two of the icons, 11 times British Trials Champion, Sammy Miller and Britain’s most successful female motorcycle trials rider, Becky Cook.
The Motorcycle Story takes the visitor on a journey through motorcycling history and the human quest for freedom, individuality and the desire to win. For the first time, machines are displayed in their historical and cultural context; tying technological developments to changing trends in fashion, style and sport. Supporting artefacts include clothing worn and trophies won by sporting greats in displays which cover varied racing disciplines as well as road safety, British ‘Mods and Rockers’ youth culture of the 1950s and 60s and the Ace Café scene.