Lakeland Motor Museum

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The Lake District’s newest blockbuster museum traces the history of the automobile. Dull? Not on your life, since inside the enormous blue hangar there’s a fascinating collection of classic cars and vintage vehicles, not to mention boneshaker bikes, tin toys and an entire recreated 1930s garage. It’s an impressive affair, sited in handsome riverside buildings – there’s a café with a waterside deck – and with a separate section dealing with the speed-freak Campbell family, Sir Malcolm and son Donald, who broke many land and water speed records in their famous Bluebird racing machines.

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