Britain By Car - A Motoring History
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Welcome to Britain By Car

Britain By Car is a guide to Britain’s motoring history, looking at cars and motoring events primarily through place, rather than by marque, period of manufacture, or category.  Some of the facts and details are well-known, others less so.  

There are many signifcant areas yet to be covered.  Some counties have no entries at all; but, hopefully, there is something here that interests you.  Click on a region to get started.

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The Crystal Palace Motor Car Shows

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For a number of years, early motor car exhibitions and shows were held at the Crystal Palace amid the courts and permanent attractions.

Location
The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London

Date
1896, 1902-1906

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Caister Castle Car Collection

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The largest private collection of motor vehicles in Britain; housed in a purpose-built museum and set in the grounds of Caister Castle.

Location
Castle Lane, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR30 5SN.

Date
1966 - present.

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The Austin Village

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 An estate of some 200 pre-fabricated timber houses, built in 1917, to accommodate the growing workforce at the Austin Works in Longbridge.

Location        
Coney Green Drive, Central Avenue, Hawkesley Crescent, and Hawkesley Drive, Longbridge, B31.

Date 1917 – present.

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Spencer

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An early car, built by a Nottinghamshire watchmaker.

Location
Possibly Station Road, Misterton.

Date
c1900

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The Grampian Transport Museum

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 A museum of land transport with a collection of historic vehicles which includes cars, commercial vehicles, caravans, bicycles and motorcycles.

Location
Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8AE.  

Date
1981 – present.  The current building was opened in 1983.

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