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British Car Museum

63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0561
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Petrol head Paradise

We visited as part of our Napier Classic Cars visit, the owner, Ian Hope, is a joy to listen to... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Paul G
,
Derby, United Kingdom
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A walk back in time for British car enthusiasts

Ian Hope's British Car Museum is tucked neatly into a huge shed/barn in Te Awanga, a sleepy hollow... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2017
1811027Scott
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Auckland, New Zealand
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A unique personal collection of over 400 Classic British cars, commercials and motoring memorabilia. Please note there may be some dust and oil among the cars as the owner is not as young as he was and cannot get around them as often as he would like. Volunteer cleaners very welcome!
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  • Very good33%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We visited as part of our Napier Classic Cars visit, the owner, Ian Hope, is a joy to listen to, his knowledge of his 454 cars is truly unbelievable. He invited us upstairs to play his Pianola's, brilliant, we also had the opportunity to sit...More

1  Thank Paul G
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Thank you for the review, Paul. Ian thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and sharing his remarkable collection.

Reviewed 25 June 2017

Ian Hope's British Car Museum is tucked neatly into a huge shed/barn in Te Awanga, a sleepy hollow near Napier. It is his lifetime's collection of British vehicles and no car enthusiast should miss it when visiting the area. It is wheelchair friendly so can...More

1  Thank 1811027Scott
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Many thanks for the review - much appreciated and so glad you enjoyed Ian's collection.

Reviewed 24 June 2017

The British Car Museum is only open at weekends and is not easily found. This is NOT a professional museum, simply one man's 'backyard' collection, where nothing has been restored, just taken off the road and ramped up. Inside the smell of dust is over-powering...More

Thank RosieFifeGirl
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2017

This review is factually inaccurate - the collection is open for viewing 7 days a week but Ian advises visitors to call before travelling on weekdays as he operates the museum single-handed and occasionally needs to close briefly. As for "no effort at restoration" -...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

Having a big interest in British Classic cars we wondered why we had not heard about this museum before as the advertising blub said 450 cars on show. Well we wouldn't disagree about the number of cars on view but most of them were just...More

Thank Diane B
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

It's all about perception; what you see as 'wrecks', Ian sees as precious examples of our motoring heritage that he has saved from obliteration by storing indoors pending their eventual restoration - yes, all the cars in Ian's collection are restorable. It may not happen...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is not what we expected. From the outside it looks like any other Kiwi tin shed, albeit a large kiwi fruit pack house. From the outside is a rusting old jag and a few road signage, possibly not that interesting. The entrance is simple,...More

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Many thanks for the review, Paul - delighted you enjoyed your visit. Do come again next time you are in the area.

Reviewed 14 March 2017

A very large assortment of British cars, jam packed into rather stifling sheds, a fabulous collection for those who wish to go down memory lane. The whole place smells like the interior of an old car. Quite a few rare gems hiding there too. Jensen...More

1  Thank grandiflora
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Thank you for the review - Ian Hope appreciates all who take an interest.

Reviewed 27 February 2017

just amazing too many to view properly but some rare old beasts nice guy had a long chat with him even the ladies enjoyed the time there

1  Thank davidtaylor444
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Many thanks for the review, David. There is more than enough in Ian Hope's collection to keep the enthusiast absorbed for several hours. Do visit again when you have more time!

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Packed full, (too full) of classic and vintage cars, so many in fact, that in many places you can't actually get anywhere near the cars. It remains an interesting collection. It does seem a shame to me to have so many of the same type...More

Thank Ikorel
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

As the sole owner of this extraordinary collection, Ian Hope's key objective is to ensure these vehicles survive so that they can be restored at some point in the future - essentially to ensure they dont fall by the wayside as so many already have....More

Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

What a blast from the past All the cars seen around as a kid in the 70s and 80s plus older! Great to see all these gems under a roof, not rusting away in a yard somewhere. No wonder the old beasts are not available...More

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

Thank you for the great review - do come again as Ian is adding more regularly!

Reviewed 14 January 2017

If you love British cars, mostly very old, some more recent, then this collection is for you. My husband saw cars just like he remembered his father owned. And ones just he owned. We had to wipe the drool off his face when he left.

1  Thank LadnerLady
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2017

Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review. We are delighted to hear your husband enjoyed visiting Ian's collection.

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