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Lakeland Motor Museum wins Britain's Best Classic Destination

By Mark Salisbury
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 09:22

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The search for Britain’s Best Classic Destination is over, with Lakeland Motor Museum being crowned the winner.

After originally being nominated as part of a 30-strong long list by Practical Classics readers and Footman James clients at the start of the year, Lakeland Motor Museum made it to the top 10 shortlist after a public vote.

From 6th May – 12th May 2018, Footman James and Practical Classics then embarked on a UK wide adventure to visit the top ten classic destinations as were voted for by the public. The route included; The National Motor Museum, Llanberis Pass, The Kelpies and Haynes Motor Museum, just to name a few. But, there could only be one winner!

On Tuesday 22nd May, the winner was announced with Footman James and Practical Classics visiting Lakeland Motor Museum to present them with the award. Whilst there, Chris Lowe gave a tour of the museum, with extra insight on the classic vehicles on display.

Director of the Lakeland Motor Museum, Les Micklethwaite, says, “This is a fantastic accolade and is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of a team who are committed to telling the story of a diverse motoring heritage in an interactive and accessible way. The Museum has beaten a variety of other iconic classic car destinations and it is particularly fitting to receive this honour in our Ruby Anniversary year.”

Practical Classics Editor, Danny Hopkins, adds, “The Lakeland Motor Museum was voted the best by everyone within our team and sponsors, beating some top-class competition. The thing that really struck me during our recent visit was not just the rich motoring heritage on display, but also the friendly, informal atmosphere in this special riverside location. The enthusiasm and warm welcome from both visitors and staff has made the Museum our ultimate winner!”

“It’s also surrounded by beautiful countryside, meaning the drive to the Museum is part of the fun and to top it all, the Museum is next-door to the most wonderful café – the best we experienced on our tour.”

The museum is home to over 30,000 fascinating collections and exhibits that trace the development of the motor industry throughout the twentieth centre including; classic bikes, classic cars and automobilia.

The museum is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and in the last four decades has attracted over 1.5 million visitors. With its unique collection of 30,000 exhibits and over 150 motorbikes, it’s truly a worthy winner.

David Bond, Managing Director at Footman James commented, “We had a fantastic time on tour with the Practical Classics team and are honoured to present the award for Britain’s Best Classic Destination to Lakeland Motor Museum. The museum fought off some tough competition throughout the tour, but was the perfect winner for the award; bringing nostalgia back with all its stunning classics on display and knowledgeable staff who loved the industry. They are truly a well-deserved winner.”

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