As mentioned on my Isle of Man 2016 : Day 3 post I visited the Isle of Man Motor Museum. Quite simply this is an outstanding collection of motor vehicles that is well worth a visit the next time you are on the island.
The Museum was founded and funded by father and son team Denis and Darren Cunningham to act as the public home for their collection of over 130 vehicles. The Museum also hosts over 150 other vehicles on loan from other enthusiasts and collectors.
The Isle of Man was chosen as the location for the Museum due to the unique place the Island occupies in motoring and motorsports history. The Island is the motorcycle road racing capital of the world and has hosted the famous TT races on the public roads annually since 1907. The Southern 100 and the Festival of Motorcycling are also fantastic opportunities to see road racing here.
For 2016, the Museum is proud to host the Joey Dunlop Collection featuring many of his trophies, leathers and race machines. Joey is the most successful TT competitor of all time with 26 victories to his name earning him the title “King of The Mountain”.
Rallying and enduro are also a huge part of motorsport on the Isle of Man and the Museum features a Ford Zephyr which competed in the London-Sydney Marathon rally and World Enduro Championship winning KTMs from local hero David “Knighter” Knight OBE.
From my visit I have put together a concise gallery of the vehicles on display. Use these photos to wet your appitite for the Museum, seeing them in photographs is all well and good, seeing them in person is a completely different experience. Getting right up close and personal to a stainless steel DeLorean or standing beside Joey Dunlop’s leathers and trophies simply can not be replaced by looking at a photo gallery!
It will give you a nice change of pace from snorting round the Mountain Road too, so pop along, and spend a few hours seeing everything from a Smart ForTwo 450 right up to a tank!
Isle of Man Motor Museum Gallery :