Very sad news: fire devastates the UK National Motorcycle Museum
Posted 16 September 2003 - 23:13
Posted 16 September 2003 - 23:25
Some of those bikes were undoubtedly the last of their type, too...
Posted 17 September 2003 - 00:32
[B]I don't know if anyone knows about the very sad news, but today there was a very extensive fire at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull ( just down the road from me) with over 600 historic motorcycles destroyed. I know it is slightly OT but I'm sure there are a number of people who will be equally upset as myself about what has happened
I dont think it is OT ,I feel we all share in a passion for all thing s that move under petrol power!
Very news indeed.
Posted 17 September 2003 - 01:48
Over 300 of the exhibits in the Museum have been saved. Sadly, three of the Museums five exhibit halls have been destroyed along with their exhibits, probably totaling around 400 machines.
A full assessment of the damage is being undertaken with a view to getting operations underway again as soon as possible. In the meantime the Museum will be closed to visitors and conference events until further notice.
Many irreplaceable machines will have been damaged in the fire, but they will be restored once again, to their original showroom condition.
I knew I should have gone there in April
Posted 17 September 2003 - 02:02
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Posted 17 September 2003 - 14:52
I've heard it's actually more like 700 bikes have been destroyed and only 200 were saved and that the two remaining halls are badly damaged. If it wasn't for the fact that there were delegates there for a conference (It is or rather was a conference centre) , more of the bikes would not have been saved , as they were helping get the bikes out.
Thankfully no-one was hurt as that place gets full when there's a conference on as well. And even more thankful that the smoke didn't cause a bad accident on the M42 or A45. Both of those roads are extremely busy at that time of day. Plus it's on a flightpath into Birmingham Airport.
What I can't work out is why the fire prevention didn't kick in? It was reported at 4.50pm and by 5.00 you could see the smoke as far away as where I work. The place just went up like tinder.
Plus the place was supposed to be No Smoking.
Does anyone know where they'll put the remaining bikes? I suppose the Heritage Museum at Gaydon is the obvious place or maybe even the NEC?
Just makes me wish I'd been round it more recently. Last time I went was when I was about 15 to actually to see the collection..
EDIT: Just heard from a work colleague that the fire actually started outside. Apparently there were discarded aircon filters that were outside resting against one of the walls. Some **** apparently threw a ciggarette at it and that's what went up taking the roofs with it. That's why the sprinklers didn't kick in. The **** should be made to pay the full cost!
Posted 17 September 2003 - 16:01
"Allegedly" an employee is probably correct. Bet it was round the back near the kitchen areas.. Seen them smoke round that area when I was at a conference there a few months back. Ever regret not doing something at the time? Should have gone round then. Isn't hindsight wonderful?
Posted 17 September 2003 - 16:49
If I remember correctly, all of the exhibits were British bikes, from our defunct motor cycle industry. Is this the saddest of all closing chapters?
Posted 21 September 2003 - 03:37