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One of the country’s most knowledgeable aviation speakers, the former Chairman of Aston Martin and previously undiscovered recordings of long lost TV shows make a fascinating programme of spring lectures at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Starting the season on Saturday January 20th will be Controlling 9/11 with Phil Holt, who has over 40 years’ experience as an air traffic controller and was on duty on September 11th 2001 when the world changed forever with the attacks on New York and Washington. He will examine the most fraught four hours in the history of air traffic control as he tells the story with his unprecedented insight into the shocking events.

Then on Saturday February 24th buckle up for First Gear – The Car and TV before Jeremy for a celebration of some of the long-lost TV motoring shows of the past. Join motoring journalist Chris Goffey, who presented Top Gear for over ten years, as he unveils hidden gems from the National Motor Museum Trust’s collection. A painstaking five-year search by Film and Video Curator Sarah Wyatt and her team of volunteers found previously undiscovered recordings of shows including Drive In, Wheelbase, Motorfair, The Motor Show, Wheels and Wheeltracks.

On Saturday March 10th spend the evening with one of the motorsport industry’s most successful figures, as motoring historian Graham Robson Chats to David Richards CBE, the Chairman of Prodrive, Chairman elect of the Motor Sports Association and former Chairman of Aston Martin.

David will recall some of the highlights from his varied and exciting career, from his time as a rally co-driver – which culminated in victory in the 1981 World Rally Championship with legendary Finnish driver Ari Vatanen – to leading the consortium that purchased Aston Martin from Ford. The founder of world-leading motorsport and technology business Prodrive, David has been awarded a CBE for his services to motorsport and inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

On Saturday April 28th Speed Queens will look at the remarkable all-female rally team who took part in the gruelling 1970 World Cup London to Mexico Rally in their Austin Maxi nicknamed Puff the Magic Wagon. Meet two of the original three Speed Queens and hear about their pioneering rally exploits, as they tackled some of the harshest rally routes on the planet.

Each of the evening sessions starts at 7.30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre. The museum will be open from 6pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre.

Tickets at £10 (or £7.50 for Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust members) are available from Theresa Browning at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN. Email Theresa at or call her on 01590 614792. Please provide an email address in any correspondence and if tickets are required by post, please provide a SAE. All profits help to support the National Motor Museum Trust.

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