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Stars and cars help re-open Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum has reopened on the back of a £9.5 million redevelopment programme.

The museum again opened its doors on Saturday 20th June to motor enthusiasts with a re-launch extravaganza, featuring displays by veteran stuntman Terry Grant and a Trailblazing Cars of the World parade curated by Evo Magazine’s Harry Metacalfe, and hosted by presenter and racing driver Amanda Stretton.
The £9.5 million redevelopment has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England amongst others, and has seen the museum transformed, as guests are taken back in time and throughout Coventry’s infamous transport history. 
The current exhibits’ main attraction is the Trailblazing Cars of the World feature, as selected by Metacalfe. Within the display sits the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Bugatti Veyron, the Land Rover Series 1, and the Jaguar C-X75.
During the museum's relaunch, Metacalfe explained his choice of cars for the feature. 'The idea of the Trailblazing Cars collection is that they, in my opinion, are all examples that changed the car world forever. Many of the cars I have brought along today have definitely achieved that, and many of these were designed, engineered and built right here in Coventry and the Midlands.'
Elsewhere, other features include the worlds fastest cars, the ThrustSCC and Thrust2, the oldest Coventry-built car, more than 3000 toy car models - including Dinky, Matchbox and Corgi, and a selection of the most innovative and memorable cars built in the city over the last 150 years.
Culture Coventry chief executive Gary Hall says: 'Re-launching the museum is the culmination of seven years of hard work by the team. It marks yet another landmark for Coventry’s transport heritage, but also preserves its rich history. 
'We are extremely grateful to the European Regional Development Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and all of the other organisations who have supported this project throughout.
'I urge everyone to come and visit our newly re-launched museum, you will not be disappointed.'
Other backers of the redevelopment scheme include the Biffa Award, WREN, and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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