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Sports cars in the red room at Haynes Museum

Red is the colour

The BBC bus has been at the Haynes International Motor Museum. We saw some of the classic cars of all time, raced go-carts and met motor museum owners from around the world.

The BBC Somerset bus and its crew were at Haynes Museum on Monday 17 September for a live programme all about motoring. We were shown round by museum curator Micheal Penn who's worked there since it opened in 1985.

Museum curator Michael Penn standing by a red car

Haynes Museum curator Micheal Penn

Hayes was hosting the tenth World Forum for Motor Museums. It’s the biggest event in the industry and brought delegates from eleven different countries to Sparkford.

The museum has around 400 cars on show - from a replica of the first automobile ever made by Carl Benz in Germany, to a Ferrari formula 1 car raced by Michael Schumacher.

There are ten halls at the museum, each featuring different types of cars. But possibly the most spectacular is the Red Room – sports cars of every make dating from the fifties to the eighties with one thing in common, their colour.

1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham

1931 Duesenberg

US Models

The museum is particularly proud of its American car collection. And the star among the vehicles on show - described as arguably the finest, best engineered car ever built in America – is the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham. Its one of only eight ever made and the only example of the car to be found outside the USA.

While at the museum the BBC bus crew took the chance to have a ride on the go-carts. See the ‘highlights’ of Jo’s race with Andrew below.

Jo Phillips and Andrew Enever racing in go carts

Jo gains an advantage at the start.

Jo Phillips and Andrew Enever racing in go carts

Jo leads into the final corner.

Jo Phillips and Andrew Enever racing in go carts

A photo finish.

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