It’s the last day of half-term and the sun is out, well, here it is anyway, so a trip to the Cotswold Motoring Museum might be a good idea? As part of the vehicle collection at the museum, there are some 20 or so motorcycles and scooters on display, some of the more famous than others including the Levis owned by Harold Breach. Motorcycle football was once very popular in Gloucestershire and often attracted crowds of over 10,000 supporters apparently. The Levis belonged to Harold, a well known player for Gloucester. A new exhibition about motorcycle football is planned for the new gallery.
Located in the village of Bourton on the Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum has an exhibition of vintage car collections, classic cars and motorcycles, caravans, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities.
Another bike to have a look at is the Brough Superior, regarded as a super bike capable of high speeds, nicknamed by many ‘the widow maker’ because of the large number of fatalities, most notably Laurence of Arabia was killed on his Brough Superior.
Since 1999 Boundless by CSMA have invested heavily in the Museum. Much of the initial investment has been made to repair and improve the listed buildings, raising health and safety standards, improving facilities for visitors with disabilities in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act and providing opportunities to make the Museum commercially sustainable. Working with museum support agencies we have raised standards of visitor care and introduced policies to improve collections care, access, interpretation and education. In 2005/6 we built a new gallery which allowed us to expand our collection to cover motoring in the 1960s and 70s.
Boundless by CSMA is an organisation which was founded in 1923 and now has more than 290,000 members. The Museum was acquired by Boundless by CSMA in 1999 when the original owner retired. The Museum reflects the motoring history of CSMA Club and caring for the Museum is something for which we are extremely proud, and is really a great day out in Gloucsetershire.
The Cotswold Motoring Museum was awarded “2011 Museum of the Year’’ by Classic Car Weeklymand it is also voted the top attraction in Bourton-on-the-Water by Trip Advisor users.
The collection neatly represents a slice of motoring history from the 20th Century.
The big showstoppers are the 40+ cars, the caravans, the motorcycles and the dozens of bicycles but there is a huge amount of related material.
The showcases packed with motoring paraphernalia, the old garage equipment, the walls filled with enamel signs, the petrol pumps and globes, everything connected with motoring from branded hat pins to an AA box. Around these objects we weave stories, history, facts and feelings to create a Museum where we hope the past will inspire the future.
Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection,
The Old Mill, Bourton-on-the-Water,
Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY