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Address: 63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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+64 6-875 0561
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A unique personal collection of over 400 Classic British cars, commercials...

A unique personal collection of over 400 Classic British cars, commercials and motoring memorabilia. Please note there may be some dust and oil among the cars as the owner is not as young as he was and cannot get around them as often as he would like. Volunteer cleaners very welcome!

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Packed full, (too full) of classic and vintage cars, so many in fact, that in many places you can't actually get anywhere near the cars. It remains an interesting collection. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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295 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Packed full, (too full) of classic and vintage cars, so many in fact, that in many places you can't actually get anywhere near the cars. It remains an interesting collection. It does seem a shame to me to have so many of the same type of vehicle, left in some cases in poor condition, when there are so many enthusiasts... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

As the sole owner of this extraordinary collection, Ian Hope's key objective is to ensure these vehicles survive so that they can be restored at some point in the future - essentially to ensure they dont fall by the wayside as so many already have. Sorry if you didnt like to see those that are in greater need of some... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a blast from the past All the cars seen around as a kid in the 70s and 80s plus older! Great to see all these gems under a roof, not rusting away in a yard somewhere. No wonder the old beasts are not available for sale, there are all here saving them from my teenager smashing them in accidents.... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review - do come again as Ian is adding more regularly! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

If you love British cars, mostly very old, some more recent, then this collection is for you. My husband saw cars just like he remembered his father owned. And ones just he owned. We had to wipe the drool off his face when he left.

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review. We are delighted to hear your husband enjoyed visiting Ian's collection. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

An interesting diversion after the disappointment of not be able to visit Cape Kidnappers. This is an interesting place in which some 450 cars dating between 1931 and the early millenium, with an emphasis on the cars of 1950 to 1980 that were most common on NZ roads before the influx of Jap imports from the late 1980s. The manager... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed your visit and Ian's sometimes cheeky sense of humour! Do come again next time you are in the area. More 

Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

An unusually rainy day in Hawkes Bay had us looking for places to visit. A bit of googling showed us some options one of which was The British Car Museum. We drove there, parked, went to the door and pressed the button which sounded a very loud classic old car horn which alerted The Boss. He came flying to the... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Peter for that wonderful review. Its clear that you 'get' Ian Hope's fun, whacky vision! So glad you enjoyed your visit - do come again next time you are in the area as Ian is constantly adding to his collection. More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

... needs a financial backer. The web site tells of the background of his collection, and shows some of the better exhibits, more attractively than they are presented on site. The museum Is a great calling point for car buffs, collectors and enthusiasts...but needs a good sort out. If the finished presentation standard vehicles were displayed separately from the rusted... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Lynne for your review and for sharing your ideas about how you would take Ian Hope's collection forward. Of course your remarks make uncomfortable reading, but thats in the nature of feedback; Ian does take note of people's criticisms, just as willingly as he accepts praise. Firstly, if you (or anyone else) is prepared to give up some... More 

Baston, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We chanced upon this , the owner is infectious his life's collection, so many iconic cars pre and post war , not only that a working Dennis fire engine the children were allowed on , and the working pianola the children played on . If you like things just as they come, non corporate shabby carpets on the floor go... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, Mark and for taking the time to write such a nice review - its much appreciated. More 

London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I only found a reference to this amazing 'Aladin 's Cave' of cars by accident. So glad I did. We were met by Ian who has a brilliant sense of humour, which can be seen on signs around the museum ( I was tempted to take my clothes off! - you'll understand if you visit). We spent a happy hour... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

So glad you found us! Thanks so much for the review and do come again next time you are in the area - new vehicles are being added regularly. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Ian and his collection are truly amazing. I've been coming to the Hawkes Bay and really this their best kept secret. The place is quirky, packed to the gunnels and just when you think you've seen it all there is a bunch of pianos as well. Ian Hope himself is a lively host. Thanks for the trip down memory lane... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the museum and taking the time to write a review, Claire. Ian hopes you will call again next time you are in the Bay. More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Whilst on holiday in the area, we found this museum - just around the corner from the Elephant Hill Winery. It's run by a guy (Ian Hope) with a real passion for mainly British cars of many decades. There are a couple of Holdens in amongst the 450 vehicles). There are for example 36 Morris Minors - saloons, shooting brakes... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Mick for taking the trouble to write such a lovely review - Ian really appreciates it and hopes you will call again next time you are in the area as "new" cars are arriving all the time. So glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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