Building work on a new exhibits hall at the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre has received the green light following the award of a £1.45m Lottery Heritage Fund (HLF) Round Two grant to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT). This award is the culmination of more than two years of hard work developing plans for a new Museum Collections Centre project that will have sufficient space to store and display more than 200 historic cars from the collection of both the BMIHT and its partner, the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT).
The £4m project to build a new exhibition hall at Gaydon received initial support from the HLF back in 2011 and this Round Two grant, together with matching funding from Jaguar Land Rover, the Garfield Weston Foundation and both Trusts, will enable work to start the project in just a few months’ time. This exciting new centre at Gaydon will enable visitors to view a number of cars presently in the reserve collection of both Trusts for the first time in this purpose-built facility.
We try two Cosworth-modified ’80s favourites which appealed to very different buyers back in the day.
Words: Paul Wager Pics: Matt Woods
Before we got down to the serious business of photographing the cars for this feature we were drawn to an Alfa Romeo SZ, the striking Zagato-built concept which looks like a massive wheeled clog and illustrated perfectly how the ’80s was the perfect decade for automotive excess. We might have the Veyron and the McLaren P1 today, but the decade of Thatcher and Duran Duran gave us everything from the Cizeta V16T and Bugatti EB110 to Jaguar XK220, Metro 6R4, Lancia Thema 8.32, Delta Integrale... and the list goes on. Many of the more outrageous ’80s products were of course driven by the need to homologate certain models for motorsport by producing the number of roadgoing versions required by the FIA and it was this which resulted in the dramatically whale-tailed Ford Sierra Cosworth. The collaboration between Ford and Cosworth created one of the iconic cars of the decade, while the demands of homologation even saw Mercedes-Benz entering the fray, also enlisting the British Cosworth firm to liven up its new 190E. When the Sierra Cosworth subsequently became the four-door Sapphire Cosworth, the market suddenly had the choice of two sober-looking but brisk road cars both engineered by Cosworth but both offering a very different driving experience. We sample the pair 30 years on and try to pick a favourite.