The Coventry Transport Museum

On Saturday April 1, 2017 my wife arranged for our family to meet up with an old friend and colleague 'somewhere, halfway between Spalding and Gloucester'. I stayed out of the decision making but was quite happy to drive to 'where ever' so that we could all catch up. Apologies to any locals, but my heart did not skip a beat when she told me that we would be going to Coventry! However, when she said we would be meeting them at the Coventry Transport Museum my spirits rose slightly and I resisted the temptation to ‘google’ the place in advance.

On arriving I braced myself for the inevitable £40+ ‘family ticket’ but instead was pleasantly surprised to find that the museum was free. ‘I told you it was’ said my wife; I was obviously not listening which is a skill I seem to be quite good at! From the outset I was blown away by the machines that were in there, the bulk of them British built from the local area which was obviously well known for its vehicle manufacturing heritage. Very well laid out throughout, the museum is broken down into multiple exhibitions including a Coventry during the Second World War section which will test the mettle of your children if nothing else. It’s from this point onwards that there begins a scattering of military vehicles which includes a Daimler Ferret, Humber Pig, Montgomery's Humber Staff car, Daimler Mk.I Armoured Car, Maudslay lorry (1916) and an Alvis Stalwart. Obviously the military is not the main thrust of the museum but if you prefer something in Olive Drab then there is just enough to keep you hanging in there. If you are like me and you are a total petrol head, then everything from the early motorbikes through to the Chevy-block hot rods will leave you wanting to do another circuit before you hit the gift shop!

With only my smart phone in hand the supplied shots of varying quality will hopefully give you a taste of the military vehicles.

 

The Coventry Transport Museum

http://www.transport-museum.com/about/default.aspx