Plans have been revealed for a new classic car museum to be built on a 63-hectare site in Oxfordshire. The museum would cost around £24 million, with further ideas to build demonstration tracks and holiday housing.
These early visions have been developed by Peter Mullin, an American businessman who made his fortune through selling life insurance. Peter is no stranger to ventures into classic cars, as he has already founded the Mullin Automotive Museum in California which houses an eclectic collection of classic Bugatti vehicles. Aside from classic cars, Mr Mullin has expressed his love of the area and how he intends on using this venture to transform the currently idle plot of land on Enstone Airfield into something the public can enjoy.
He added the disused section of the airfield was “totally out of keeping with the surrounding area” and the project would add to the area’s culture and heritage.
But, would the local area really benefit from a Classic Car museum?
- Environmental concerns: Although these initial plans for the site at Enstone Airfield sound exciting, they have already been met with opposition. There has been disapprovals voiced by the local council, as they have pronounced their fear of the museum’s impact on the local environment and traffic. These concerns are also met by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) who believes the countryside will be damaged by such plans.
- Need for the museum: Other concerns include the archaeological potential of the site and whether or not the county really needs a classic car museum. When these points are taken into account it is understandable as to why the local council have made these complaints as both the British Motoring Museum and Coventry Transport Museum are located an hour away from the proposed site.
- Traffic concerns: In an effort to appease the local council, Mr Mullin has suggested implementing ideas such a shuttle buses and ferry visitors to the museum which would lighten the effects that the museum would have on traffic.
The counter argument:
- Jobs created: Building the museum would offer new job opportunities in the area to help problems with unemployment.
- Income generation: The foreign investment could prove to be a huge success for Oxfordshire, bringing vital income into the area in the same way as the British Motoring Museum does in Warwickshire.
- Utilising disused plot: The plot of land at Enstone Airfield is not currently utilised and as above the benefits of using this space would be new jobs and income in the area.
Regardless of where your opinion lies on the situation, this topic proves itself to be a decisive one and we would love to hear what you, the classic car enthusiasts think. Let us know your outlook by leaving a comment on our social media posts.