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The chance rescue of a penny farthing from a scrapheap over 50 years ago has turned the village of Benson into a Mecca for bicycling enthusiasts. Many cyclists and enthusiastics from across the world will bring all manner of pre-1926 bikes to take part in the Benson Veteran Cycle Club Rally.The event was founded in 1960 by the club's life president Ned Passey (was born 1921), after he saved a penny farthing being thrown out by his father.
Over fifty years later, he has built up a personal collection of 450 historic bicycles.
Annual Benson Vintage Bicycle Rally
Photos: The Bensington Society
The fascinating Lakeland Motor Museum nestles in the picturesque Leven Valley, at Backbarrow, close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere.
A diverse and unique road transport collection of some 30,000 exhibits assembled over a period of almost 50 years is thoughtfully displayed alongside many non-motoring additions, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.
Special thank you to Colin Slater for photos.
The museum had a collection of 400 machines and the very characteristic atmosphere of Old England.
Contact: The museum was closed in 2009.
Ray Fixter, a prominent member of the Boston Veteran Bicycle Club was a big enthusiastic and lover of antique bicycle. He set up the bicycle museum at Belton House. In 1979 Fixter obtained Charitable Trust status no 511257 and remand the project The National Cycle Museum. It was opened on 26th April 1980 under name Belton Cycle Museum, by Michael Montague, chairman of the English Tourist Board with exhibits from Ray's own collection, the Raleigh collection, Science Museum and various private individuals
Mr Fixter passed away in 1983 and Mr Jim Maynard, Ted Skeet and Tony Pickering, members of the BMVCC made the official company registration No 1821702. The National Cycle Museum was now a company, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. Short time latter the museum was moved from Belton to Lincoln and there was open for public. But in 1988 the City of Lincoln Policy and Resources sub-committe emerget more lucrative project for space where the museum was. The museum at Lincoln was closed down in 1996/97.
Now, the collection is show on public display at the Automobile Palace, Llandrindon Wells which was occupied for many years by Norton as a Cycle and Motorcar dealer.
Contact - National Cycyle Museum Lincoln: museum was clossed
Dover Transport Museum has a fascinating collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types. From early velocipedes and bicycles to cars and trains.
Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd operates the independent Brooklands Museum as a charitable trust and a private limited company incorporated on 12 March 1987; its aim is to conserve, protect and interpret the unique heritage of the Brooklands site.
The Science museum in London is one of very famous museums around the world. The bicycle collection is exceptional, but 99% bicycle is in deposit. When my good friend visited this museum, he was very disappointed and he had writen on his blog http://vintagebicycle.wordpress.com/ about it. It is interesting and truthfull story.
Photos from museum:
album: 88/A - Science-Museum
It was piled high almost to the ceiling with about 150 special machines including 63 bicycles and tricycles, early cars and planes. The collection was demaged when the airfield was bombed during II World war, but the major part survived. Some vehicles are in Science Museum in London and the best machines are here.
Collection loaned by Richard and Mary Nash.
Harlow Cycle museum (Mark Hall Cycle Museum) was opened in 1982 in the former stables of Mark Hall mansion. Mr.John Collins' bicycle collection forms the core of this bicycle Museum and the collection includes over sixty bicycles and other cycling related objelcts, but it was closed down latter.
Some bicycles are presented in The Musem of Harlow now.
album: 40. The Museum of Harlow
This is a superb educational museum full of automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles.