DON­ING­TON MU­SEUM SHUTS

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The world’s largest grand prix racing car mu­seum is to close at 5pm on 5 Novem­ber. The East Mid­lands-based Grand Prix Col­lec­tion opened on 16 March 1973 thanks to Fred­er­ick Bernard ‘Tom’ Wheatcroft. It all be­gan with the pur­chase of a For­mula One Fer­rari sin­gle-seater racing car in 1964, and his ac­qui­si­tions were kept in a garage at his home un­til the move to Don­ing­ton Park. Since Wheatcroft died in 2009, the mu­seum has been run by his son, Kevin. “Clos­ing the mu­seum af­ter 45 years has been a re­ally dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion,” he said. “Mo­tor Sport Vi­sion [MSV] took over op­er­a­tion of Don­ing­ton Park last year [and] there was a pos­si­bil­ity that it might have stayed open… but it does not fit the MSV busi­ness plan and the de­ci­sion was made to close the mu­seum. Its ex­hibits will go into stor­age un­til my fam­ily and I have con­sid­ered their fu­ture.”

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