Plans to build a motoring museum in Bexhill have been boosted by official support from the RAC and the Bexhill 100 motoring club.
Entrepreneur Alan Whitt is hoping to build the museum to commemorate the town’s historic role as the birthplace of British motor racing.
In 1902 thousands turned out to see cars racing down Galley Hill at head speeds of up to 54mph.
The RAC is now supporting the multi-million pound scheme by providing archive material, photographs and advice, plus agreeing to the museum’s website www.bexhillmotoringworld.co.uk carrying a link to its website.
The Royal Automobile Club was formed by a group of motoring enthusiasts, including the then Earl De La Warr and Alfred Harmsworth who later founded the Daily Mail, many of whom were leading lights in organising the original races.
Separately, Bexhill 100 has now officially thrown its backing behind the scheme, which also has support from Rother District Council, Bexhill Town Team, several businesses, and the town’s chamber of commerce.
Paul Brailsford, Bexhill 100 spokesman, said: “The Bexhill 100 motoring club is taking a great interest in this project and is prepared to offer its experience and expertise as and when required. The club is a member of the British Historic Vehicle Clubs.”
Mike Brewer, of the Wheeler Dealers television programme, who opened the last Bexhill 100 Classic Car Show, and whose parents live in Bexhill, said: “This sounds a great idea and I would support any scheme that helps to attract more people to Bexhill.”
Mr Whitt said: “We still have a long way to go, but to gain support from organisations so well-respected as the RAC and Bexhill 100 is a big boost. It shows we have an idea to be taken seriously, and, hopefully, in the fullness of time, the museum will play its part in building a better future for our town.”
The scheme now also has a Facebook site. Search for Bexhill Motoring World.
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