You probably know ex-RAF officer John Haynes (1938-2019) as the man behind the popular repair workshop motor manuals. He once said that his book publishing was very good to him, and that Haynes International Motor Museum was his way of giving something back. (The museum is an educational trust.) Opened in 1985 under the direction of Richard Noble, who is known for breaking the land speed record in 1983 at a velocity of 633.468 mph, the Haynes International Motor Museum is located the village of Sparkford in the heart of rural Somerset, U.K. It is a living and working environment with over 400 superb cars, bikes, and motoring memorabilia from around the world in collection displayed in 19 individual exhibitions. Staff call it a “Museum in Motion.”
What Howard Rudzki says:
I’ve been lucky enough to visit this museum twice and I highly recommend if you are in the area to visit. It’s an amazing collection.
Of these exhibitions, the most famous is “The Red Room,” displaying more than 40 red sports cars from around the world. Most vehicles are owned by the museum but it accepts donations and long-term loans for the collections.
From Haynes International Motor Museum
“Founded in 1985 by the creator of the famous Haynes Manuals John Harold Haynes OBE, Haynes International Motor Museum is one of the South West’s prime tourist attractions. This world class motor museum displays more than 400 vehicles, and is enjoyed by over 125,000 people a year. Open 361 days of the year, visitors often stop to refuel at our Café 750, serving freshly cooked, local produce. Our Museum shop is also the perfect place to pick up something quirky for any car enthusiasts with its leading range of souvenirs and merchandise. Visit our website for more information.”