Devo­tees se­cure new home for Rootes gems

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The Rootes Ar­chive Cen­tre Trust has a per­ma­nent new free­hold home.

The £165,000 build­ing at Wrox­ton, near Ban­bury, Ox­ford­shire, will pro­vide first class stor­age for the trust’s col­lec­tion of 300,000 engi­neer­ing draw­ings, pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion and library of man­u­als and other tech­ni­cal lit­er­a­ture.

The items, which had been at the for­mer Rootes Ry­ton works in Coven­try, were do­nated by Peu­geot.

Ini­tially housed in rented of­fices in the West­cott Ven­ture Park at Bices­ter, the trust was forced to move to Ban­bury in or­der to find cheaper ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Spokesper­son Andy Bye says: ‘We de­cided that the only way to re­ally se­cure the fu­ture of the col­lec­tion was to se­cure our own free­hold premises. It will se­cure the fu­ture of this unique col­lec­tion, which is of na­tional im­por­tance.

We have had fan­tas­tic sup­port, but there is a down­side. We have raised £76,000, but the rest of the money is in the form of loans which we will have to pay back. Peo­ple have been very gen­er­ous and very pa­tient.’

The trust, formed in 2004, hopes to move into the two floor 10,000sq ft on two floor premises by Septem­ber.

Do­na­tions can be made by PayPal to matthe­woll­man@roote­sarchive­cen­tre.org.uk. Nick Larkin www.roote­sarchive­cen­tre.org.uk

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