AUG 01] MUSEUM OF BRITISH ROAD TRANSPORT NEWS
ThrustSSC Coming To Coventry
fastest car on earth is to be unveiled to the people of Coventry
next Wednesday, before taking pride of place in the city’s
Museum of British Road Transport.
Museum has purchased the car, which has a strong relationship
with the Midlands, with the help of a major grant from the
Heritage Lottery Fund.
THRUSTSSC ON ITS WAY
became the first car to achieve the Supersonic World Land Speed
Record on 15 October 1997 achieving the phenomenal speed of
763.035 miles per hour.
that moment it became one of the most famous cars on earth and a
symbol of British spirit and teamwork. The car will take pride
of place in the Museum alongside Thrust 2, its land speed record
predecessor, which has been on display since 1992.
purchase of the vehicle by the Museum has ensured that the car
will now go on public display in this country rather than
overseas as had been speculated.
purchase of ThrustSSC is part of a wider development programme
for the Museum. As part of the changes the Museum is also
developing a new entrance leading onto a major new civic square
and events space.
will form the centrepiece of this new frontage, making a focal
point for Coventry's £40 million Phoenix Initiative. A new
Millennium Walkway will link the new square with the city’s
world famous cathedral and the recently uncovered medieval
new developments will reinforce Coventry’s extensive history
and encourage people to stay longer in the city. The Transport
Museum will play a major role in interpreting this heritage and
further bids are already in place, aimed at creating a world
class showcase of British transport in Coventry, the traditional
home of the British transport industry.
Nick Nolan, leader of Coventry City Council said:
are using the city’s rich heritage to support the
regeneration of the city for the future. But Coventry’s
heritage is not just about things which are a thousand years
old – outstanding features like ThrustSSC, which was so
extensively supported by Coventry companies, are an equally
important aspect of our heritage and will help reinforce
Coventry’s appeal as a major visitor destination."
Vick, Heritage Lottery Fund’s Regional Manager, West Midlands
and cars go together so we are delighted that lottery cash has
been used to fund this magnificent acquisition that celebrates
everything that is great about the City and British
exciting developments at the Museum of British Road Transport
– Thrust’s new home – will hopefully act as a further
catalyst for the regeneration of Coventry by attracting more
visitors to the city.
substantial £510, 000 grant to the acquisition of this
amazing car demonstrates further our commitment to funding
every shape and size of our nation’s heritage, as well as
reinforcing our support for Coventry and the West Midlands."
Littlewood, Managing Director of the Museum of British Road
SSC is a milestone in motoring heritage and, alongside Thrust2
will be the star attraction for the Museum, reinforcing the
city’s and the Museum’s association with the highest
quality of engineering, technology and British
Noble, ThrustSSC Team Leader is delighted that the car will find
its new home in Coventry and also firmly believes it will boost
visitor numbers to the area. He said:
has become a British icon and will be a massive draw for the
Museum and the city. People won’t just come from around the
country to see the car, they will travel across the world. The
reaction to ThrustSSC has been superb everywhere we have taken
will be a 'welcome home' celebration for ThrustSSC in Broadgate
in the city centre from 11am on Wednesday 29 August. This will
include a presentation of the car to the Museum by Richard
that the car will be housed in the specially funded ‘Mach 1
Show’, which will open to the public on 9 September.
Eventually both Thrust vehicles will be displayed together in
the refurbished Museum.
Museum of British Road Transport displays the largest collection
of British road transport in the world and is designated as a
collection of national importance.
Museum is open every day 10am – 5pm, and admission is free.
was purchased for £680,000 with the assistance of a £510,000
grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £20,000 grant from the
Science Museum Prism Fund, £110,000 from Coventry City Council
and £40,000 of Museum funds.
Heritage Lottery Fund has also awarded an additional £30,000
for the creation of an audio visual display to support the
vehicle’s display. This has been further supported by a
£10,000 grant from the Designation Challenge Fund administered
by re:source (the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council).