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Address: 63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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A unique personal collection of over 400 Classic British cars, commercials...

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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Mind blowing collection of history

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... read more

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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, hand made signage, again possibly not that inviting but behold..........Step in side pay your $10... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

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

Wellington
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 Healy and many, many Morris. Let's hope someday that someone will put the time and... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

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

Harleston
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3 reviews
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

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

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! More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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311 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
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 of vehicle, left in some cases in poor condition, when there are so many enthusiasts... More 

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Thank Ikorel
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

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. Sorry if you didnt like to see those that are in greater need of some... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 for sale, there are all here saving them from my teenager smashing them in accidents.... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

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

Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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.

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

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

Auckland, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

An interesting diversion after the disappointment of not be able to visit Cape Kidnappers. This is an interesting place in which some 450 cars dating between 1931 and the early millenium, with an emphasis on the cars of 1950 to 1980 that were most common on NZ roads before the influx of Jap imports from the late 1980s. The manager... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed your visit and Ian's sometimes cheeky sense of humour! Do come again next time you are in the area. More 

Erie, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

An unusually rainy day in Hawkes Bay had us looking for places to visit. A bit of googling showed us some options one of which was The British Car Museum. We drove there, parked, went to the door and pressed the button which sounded a very loud classic old car horn which alerted The Boss. He came flying to the... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Peter for that wonderful review. Its clear that you 'get' Ian Hope's fun, whacky vision! So glad you enjoyed your visit - do come again next time you are in the area as Ian is constantly adding to his collection. More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

... needs a financial backer. The web site tells of the background of his collection, and shows some of the better exhibits, more attractively than they are presented on site. The museum Is a great calling point for car buffs, collectors and enthusiasts...but needs a good sort out. If the finished presentation standard vehicles were displayed separately from the rusted... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Lynne for your review and for sharing your ideas about how you would take Ian Hope's collection forward. Of course your remarks make uncomfortable reading, but thats in the nature of feedback; Ian does take note of people's criticisms, just as willingly as he accepts praise. Firstly, if you (or anyone else) is prepared to give up some... More 

Baston, null, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We chanced upon this , the owner is infectious his life's collection, so many iconic cars pre and post war , not only that a working Dennis fire engine the children were allowed on , and the working pianola the children played on . If you like things just as they come, non corporate shabby carpets on the floor go... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, Mark and for taking the time to write such a nice review - its much appreciated. More 

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