Barbazza wrote:I've somehow only just seen this - if I'd known it was closing earlier I would have gone, even though I've been twice before. Why has it closed, just not making enough cash? And what happens to the Lec and the pink Branham now, eh?
Kevin Wheatcroft had said he was able to persuade MSV to keep the museum open until now (having originally been scheduled for closure in 2017, it seems), but that the museum 'did not fit into the business plans of MSV'.
The indication is that the museum had been losing money for some time though - Jonathan Palmer has indicated that visitor numbers had been in decline and that MSV didn't think it was a worthwhile investment, and from what a few visitors have said, it sounds as if some of the exhibits that were on loan from private collectors had been returned to their original owners in the past few years to cut costs.
As for what will happen next, those cars which don't belong to the Wheatcroft family seem to have been returned to their original owners, whilst they themselves are currently mulling over what to do with the remains of their collection. There has been a little bit of idle speculation that, to spread costs, they might loan their cars to another major motor museum - perhaps at Silverstone or at Beaulieu - though it seems a bit too early to say exactly what will happen just yet. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news ... ay-2111167