The National Motorcycle Museum has launched one of the most exciting and innovative membership schemes ever undertaken by a museum or similar organisation
Museum director James Hewing and his team at the NMM don’t just run one of the world’s finest motorcycle museums, they also provide a unique way of enjoying what the museum has to offer. Become a member of their Museum Friends scheme and you can ride some of the great British bikes from the museum’s collection, learn more about the bikes they love – and more. Plus you can save money, while supporting the museum and helping preserve the best of British motorcycle history for the future.
Take out an annual subscription to the Friends scheme and you’ll also receive:
• Joining pack and membership card
• •nlimited free entry to the museum for one year
• A 10 per cent discount in the museum shop and restaurant
• One free Bruce Main-smith photocopy set per annum (value can be up to £31 – see www.thenmm.co.uk for more details)
• Full colour quarterly newsletter
• Discounts from a range of special partners and service providers including perks and privileges at over 4000 Best Western hotels • Hospitality at selected third party classic motorcycle events in the •K and Europe
Other unique benefits include:
MUSEUM WORKSHOP TRAINING DAYS
Usually hosted by Classic Bike’s Rick Parkington and our in-house restoration team, the all-day sessions cover topics ranging from how our team restores bikes for the museum, Rick’s hard-won hints and tips for making your own projects run a little more smoothly, and talks on technical tasks like wheel building and powder coating from our specialist suppliers. Workshop training days are free to members of the Friends scheme.
‘TRY A CLASSIC BIKE’ DAYS
If you fancy trying your hand at mastering a veteran, exercising something vintage or getting to grips with a classic, then these Saturday morning or afternoon sessions are what you need. With supervision and guidance from experienced museum staff, our Try a Classic Bike days are the perfect way to sample the joys of old bikes in a safe and controlled environment. For a nominal fee of just £10 to help cover insurance, you could be on the move aboard a Brough or Vincent.
CLASSIC BIKE TOURS
The logical progression from our popular Try a Classic Bike days, the tours give Museum Friends the chance to head out on the road for the day on some pretty exotic machinery. There’s an introductory off-the-road training session in the museum grounds before members head out in the company of ex-police and IAM trained instructors to sample the delights of the Warwickshire countryside. In the past, a Brough Superior SS100, Vincent Black Shadow, BSA Rocket Gold Star and the ex-george Formby Norton International have been available. Hire fees vary according to the machine you choose and include insurance as well as lunch on both the morning and afternoon rides.
Like Adrian Haywood, you too could hop aboard a Brough on one of our Try a Classic Bike days