Lakeland Motor Museum wins Britain’s Best Classic Destination
Vehicle insurance brokers Footman James have announced the winner of Britain’s Best Classic Destination – and it’s the Lakeland Motor Museum!
Cumbria’s Lakeland Motor Museum has been crowned the winner of Britain’s Best Classic Destination, in association with insurance brokers Footman James and Practical Classics magazine.
Nominated as part of a 30-strong list by Practical Classics readers and Footman James clients during the start of the year, the Lakeland Motor Museum landed in the top ten shortlist after a public vote.
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Taking in all ten destinations during a week-long road trip to boil down the competition, the judges' convoy of classic cars stopped off at popular attractions including The National Motor Museum, Llanberis Pass, The Kelpies and Haynes Motor Museum. However, there could be only one winner…
The judges arrived on site to present the Lakeland Motor Museum with their award on Tuesday May 22. To mark the occasion, Chris Lowe – the brawn behind the museum’s intricate and celebrated displays – offered a personal tour of the establishment, with extra insight on the classic vehicles showcased within the building. This included the dedicated Bluebird wing, housing hundreds of artefacts on all things Malcolm and Donald Campbell.
Lakeland Motor Museum director Les Micklethwaite said: 'This is a fantastic accolade and is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of a team who are committed to telling the story of a diverse motoring heritage in an interactive and accessible way.
'The Museum has beaten a variety of other iconic classic car destinations and it is particularly fitting to receive this honour in our Ruby Anniversary year.'
Practical Classics editor Danny Hopkins added, 'The Lakeland Motor Museum was voted the best by everyone within our team and sponsors, beating some top-class competition.'
'The thing that really struck me during our recent visit was not just the rich motoring heritage on display, but also the friendly, informal atmosphere in this special riverside location. The enthusiasm and warm welcome from both visitors and staff has made the Museum our ultimate winner!'
Celebrating 40 years since the museum opened their doors for the first time, the award couldn’t have arrived at a more befitting time. Attracting over 1.5 million visitors since 1978, with a collection of 30,000 exhibits, the Lakeland Motor Museum is a truly deserving winner.
David Bond, managing director at Footman James commented; 'We had a fantastic time on tour with the Practical Classics team and are honoured to present the award for Britain’s Best Classic Destination to Lakeland Motor Museum.
'The museum fought off some tough competition throughout the tour, but was the perfect winner for the award; bringing nostalgia back with all its stunning classics on display and knowledgeable staff who loved the industry. They are truly a well-deserved winner.'
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