Lord Montagu has handed the keys of a new Mini Cooper Classic Convertible to Richard Clothier, winner of the 2023 Prize Draw at Beaulieu.
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(Words and image from, and copyright, Beaulieu).
Richard Clothier was presented with the sporty soft-top outside the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House.
Richard, from near Dorking, Surrey bought the winning ticket on a visit between Christmas and New Year last year after being persuaded to enter the raffle by his wife and daughter.
Richard says, “I actually deliver classic cars for a living, so I’m obviously interested in the car collection in the National Motor Museum. I’ve visited the Museum at Beaulieu many times, starting with visits with my Dad as a boy, and last visited on my motorbike in the summer.”
Present at the hand-over of the car keys was Rashid Lamjafjaf of Group 1 Mini, Farnborough who supplied the Mini.
The annual prize draw offers the chance to win a car for a £2 ticket and raises money for the National Motor Museum Trust, a charitable organisation which is dedicated to preserving and promoting motoring history.
The money-can’t-buy second prize of a seat on the 2024 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, with the chance to take part in the legendary event as a passenger in one of the National Motor Museum’s treasured historic vehicles (including accommodation in London for one night) has been won by Tracey MacDonald of Calne in Wiltshire (ticket number 06834). The third prize of a trip for three people around the New Forest, in a vehicle from the National Motor Museum collection, including a chocolate treat from the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio (ticket number 08506) was won by Jon Ellerbeck from Pagham near Bognor Regis.
Tickets will go on sale soon for a chance to win the 2024 National Motor Museum Trust car prize draw.
More information about The National Motor Museum:
The National Motor Museum Trust Limited is a charitable organisation founded in 1972, which runs the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the New Forest. Continuing the work of the flagship Montagu Motor Museum, the Trust has a world-famous collection of 250 vehicles and associated motoring items, which are on display in the National Motor Museum. The nearby Collections Centre houses and cares for a vast array of motoring artefacts, photographic images, specialist reference library and film and video library. For more information about its collection and services see www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk
Visitors to Beaulieu can enjoy a full day out with features including the ancestral Montagu home Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, adventure play area Little Beaulieu, and grounds and gardens. Tickets can be bought in advance. For tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.
A full calendar of events and exhibitions is held at Beaulieu by the National Motor Museum, including Collection Centre Open Days, Classic Grille Evenings, Meet the Curator events and Transport Torques. Details are available at www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/events