Phase one of the Haynes International Motor Museum redevelopment – which includes a new display of high-performance classics – has opened to the public.
Central to the huge investment is a new exhibition area, nicknamed the Black Box, which hosts the Vroom Room.
The latter houses the ‘Comparing Master Marques’ exhibition, which currently features classics from Jaguar and Ferrari such as a 1959 XK150, 1973 E-type, an 1995 XJ220 and, from Ferrari, a 1960 250GT Cabriolet and a 1982 308GTB.
The 330sq m Black Box includes a display of 70 classic ’bikes called Motor Mezzanine.
Another new addition is Haynes Motorland: an outdoor, £250,000 family entertainment area that boasts a 1500sq m adventure playground, numerous motoring-themed interactive games, plus miniature vehicles for children.
Haynes Hatch – a circuit for electric go-karts – and two classic buses, one housing a soft play area and the other a cinema, round up the new features.
Managing director Marc Haynes said: “We are looking to create a visitor experience that appeals to all the senses, which includes bringing some cars outdoors so we can fire up the engines allowing visitors to hear and smell the motoring heritage as well as admiring the 400 vehicles on display.”
The news signals the beginning of phase two of the project, which will bring with it the museum’s new frontage designed to emulate the aerodynamic profile of a car.
The building will remain open throughout the renovations.
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