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Cars of the Stars Museum (Keswick)
Member Name: kensplace
Cars of the Stars Museum (Keswick)
Date: 08/05/01, updated on 15/05/01 (749 review reads)
Advantages: Nostalgic, Something to talk about, Interesting
Disadvantages: No touchy feely allowed., Cant see fully, No photography
Its time to think about cars, famous cars that is, if you think about it you will soon think of many films and tv series that feature cars..
Everyone must remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, what about the Bat Mobile in the classic 60's Batman series or KIT the indestructible car in Knight Rider..
The cars were the stars, they had a life of their own, they made stole the show, from Herby to Del Boys Robin Reliant we loved them all.
I have always wanted to see these cars in real life, but travelling to far flung movie studios was not exactly something my budget could cope with.
However thanks to the "Cars of the Stars" motor museum I have had the chance to view the cars I watched on the big and little screen.
This museum is located in the lovely little town of Keswick in the picturesque Lake District.
Admittance is three pounds for adults and 2 pounds for the little persons and is money well spent.
The museum itself was started by a dentist, who was approached in 1982 by Granada Television, which wanted to borrow his car for the show "The Spoils of war".
Cars featured include
Laurel and Hardies Model T Ford
The Munsters Koach (sic) from teh 60's TV series
Staff Car from Raiders of the lost Ark
Morris 8 Tourer from All Creatures Great and Small
The Noddy Car (Fiat Gamini)
Del Boys Trotters Independant Traders (TIT for short) Reliant Regal Super Van.
Lotus Super Seven from the Prisoner
Peter Sellers Mini (Pink Panther film Shot in the Dark)
The Back to the Future Delorean complete with Flux capacitor and Digital time readouts.
The Saint Jaguar
The Avengers Lotus Elan
James Bond Cars - Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger), Lotus Esprit Turbo (For your eyes only),
V8 Aston Martin (Living Daylights), Lotus Underwater Esprit (The Spy wh
o loved me) and MANY more are in the collection.
K.I.T.T from KnightRider.
Herbie the LoveBug (from Herbie Goes Bananas)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (from the film with the same name, the wings are not displayed)
The Batmobile (from Batman and Batman Returns)
The ORIGINAL and best Batmobile from the TV series.
Lady Penolopies FAB Pink Car from Thunderbirds (a life size replica)
The A-Team Van.
Magnum PI Ferrari
Mad Max Police Interceptor
Other items of interest include many signed photos (warning these are fairly expensive from around 25 to over 100 pounds) of stars.
A Dalek, A red phone box with ET inside and various models and cards for purchase.
One thing that you will notice if you visit, is that the cars are not simply sat side by side as in many exhibitions, rather they are in indivual "sets", each set has a backdrop and props to et the mood for the car, and some have music playing from the relavent show.
Also, sadly, due to space restrictions not all cars are displayed, they are rotated around from time to time, so if you are going to see a specific car I would recommend ringing first to check it is on display.
Perhaps the most annoying aspect is photography is completely banned, I was warned about that on the way in, and once inside signs are everywhere informing you not to use camera or video equipment and that you are under close circuit surveillance. Apparently this is due to copyright restrictions. You are also not allowed to walk around the cars, they are behind ropes and needless to say you cant sit in them!
However, despite this, I recommend the museum as it gives you a very rare chance to actually see the real cars that you like so much on TV.
Cars of the Stars
Telephone (017687) 73757 -
Museum, (017687) 72090 - Office
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