Take an already popular motor museum and add a dash of the world's favorite automotive entertainment show and you have a recipe for something even more extraordinary. One of the UK's most popular tourist attractions is the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. It features some amazing road and race cars from throughout the history of British motoring, as well as motorcycles, memorabilia, and interactive displays that draw tens of thousands of visitors every year. Well, it's probably going to get even busier.

The Museum is set to launch its 'World of Top Gear' exhibit in June, which will let visitors live the Top Gear experience. In a setting that will resemble the show's studio hangar, guests will interact with some of the actual vehicles that Jezza, Hamster and Captain Slow have built and used to complete some of the show's challenges over the past 12 years, including their amphibious cars and limos among others. There will also be video displays that will let visitors see the show from behind the scenes. Sadly, there will be no test track where people can see how they match up as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car or take on The Stig. Check out the full press release after the jump.

[Source: National Motor Museum]


Press Release:

'World of Top Gear' on track for launch at the National Motor Museum


BBC Worldwide and the National Motor Museum today announced plans for a major new exhibition at Beaulieu, one of the UK's leading tourist attractions. The new exhibition, 'World of Top Gear', will be centred on the world's biggest and most popular motoring entertainment show – Top Gear.

This unique agreement between the National Motor Museum and BBC Worldwide will enable visitors to experience first-hand the unrivalled atmosphere, drama and humour of the World's Greatest Car TV Show.

The exhibition to be called 'World of Top Gear', will recreate the feel of the famous Top Gear Hanger and will showcase some of its iconic features, in a special display area at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, set in the heart of the New Forest.

The first of its kind, the new exhibition will feature actual vehicles from Jeremy, Richard and James' most ambitious – and foolhardy – challenges over the last 12 series, including amongst others, their amphibious cars – what is left of them – and their attempts at creating unique limousines.

Fans of the adrenaline-packed adventures and irreverent humour from the long-standing show will also be able to get an unrivalled glimpse behind-the-scenes, with stories from the presenters, and interactive clips from some of the best moments over the years.

Adam Waddell, MD, Top Gear at BBC Worldwide said: "We're always looking at innovative ways for fans to enjoy the Top Gear brand. This exhibition is a world-class first for us, giving car enthusiasts a terrific immersive experience at one of UK motoring's most historic and best-loved homes."

The National Motor Museum's Commercial Director, Stephen Munn, said: "We are delighted to be working with Top Gear. The Top Gear brand is a natural partner for the National Motor Museum, and shows how Beaulieu is as interested in modern motoring as it is famous for preserving motoring history."

The exhibition is now on fast track development and scheduled for opening during June, in readiness for the busy summer period at the attraction.