Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport WE ARE REOPENING ON 4 JULY, SUBJECT TO ANY GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS AT THAT TIME. PLEASE CHECK ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DETAILS The Whitewebbs Museum of Transport is host to a number of organisations that regularly meet at the museum.
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The Enfield and District Veteran Vehicle Society meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Meetings commence at 8 p.m. Whitewebbs Motorcycle Section
1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month. For more information contact John Jessup on 020-8805 1974

Enfield Whitewebbs Railway Modellers
Every Thursday of each month, everyone welcome. Model Vehicle Group
Meets twice a year. For details contact John Harrison on 020-8508 8851

Scheduled Non-Society Meetings

The Morris Minor Owner’s Club
2nd Thursday of each month, everyone welcome. For more information contact Roger Burrows on 07768-734339

Please email the museum with any general enquiries: [email protected]

Operating as usual

Today, we bring you the BSA Ariel 3 moped, from 1971. Homed on our Motorcycle floor, it is powered by a Dutch Anker Laur...
04/06/2021

Today, we bring you the BSA Ariel 3 moped, from 1971. Homed on our Motorcycle floor, it is powered by a Dutch Anker Laura 50cc 2 stroke motor. It was a poor seller, at £100 each, with a substantial £2m development cost that contributed to the demise of BSA. The forward section of the frame can swivel, allowing the rider to lean into corners like a 2 wheeler. 1 wheel drive, and 1 rear brake. No rear suspension, and only rubber block front suspension. Can't have been a great experience...

Today, we bring you the BSA Ariel 3 moped, from 1971. Homed on our Motorcycle floor, it is powered by a Dutch Anker Laura 50cc 2 stroke motor. It was a poor seller, at £100 each, with a substantial £2m development cost that contributed to the demise of BSA. The forward section of the frame can swivel, allowing the rider to lean into corners like a 2 wheeler. 1 wheel drive, and 1 rear brake. No rear suspension, and only rubber block front suspension. Can't have been a great experience...

Another old framed photo at the Museum, high up on the wall in Copelands. Early Albion truck, Glasgow registered (makes ...
02/06/2021

Another old framed photo at the Museum, high up on the wall in Copelands. Early Albion truck, Glasgow registered (makes sense as Albion were a local manufacturer) plate is a 1921-22 issue. An interesting selection of tools on display. I wonder what they were used for? Very likely a distillery as one guy is holding a malt shovel and another looks like a cooper, plus there's a barrel on it's side on the far left. I wonder how we acquired this one?

Another old framed photo at the Museum, high up on the wall in Copelands. Early Albion truck, Glasgow registered (makes sense as Albion were a local manufacturer) plate is a 1921-22 issue. An interesting selection of tools on display. I wonder what they were used for? Very likely a distillery as one guy is holding a malt shovel and another looks like a cooper, plus there's a barrel on it's side on the far left. I wonder how we acquired this one?

Another old photo recently unearthed at the Museum, look at those smiles! .. Mercedes head of Motorsport, Alfred Neubaue...
31/05/2021

Another old photo recently unearthed at the Museum, look at those smiles! .. Mercedes head of Motorsport, Alfred Neubauer, congratulating Moss and 'Jenks' on their superb 1955 Mille Miglia win in the 300 SLR. It's now displayed on the stairs approaching the cafe.

Another old photo recently unearthed at the Museum, look at those smiles! .. Mercedes head of Motorsport, Alfred Neubauer, congratulating Moss and 'Jenks' on their superb 1955 Mille Miglia win in the 300 SLR. It's now displayed on the stairs approaching the cafe.

New introduction in today, on loan to the Museum from a local enthusiast.. '87 Sierra Cosworth, seriously modified to vi...
29/05/2021

New introduction in today, on loan to the Museum from a local enthusiast.. '87 Sierra Cosworth, seriously modified to virtual Touring Car spec, 510 bhp at 8000rpm. 175 mph. Perfect for the younger members of our customer base.
Come and see it when we reopen on 4 July.

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This enamel sign in the engine room area of the Museum is often hidden behind exhibits, so during our reorganisation we ...
29/05/2021

This enamel sign in the engine room area of the Museum is often hidden behind exhibits, so during our reorganisation we thought it was convenient to photograph it..

Bowrings of Finsbury Court, Finsbury Pavement, London were makers of Mex motor spirit, so called because the basic oil was sourced from Mexico.

The petroleum business of the Bowring's interests were developed into the Bowring Petroleum Co of London, which was a subsidiary organization.

In 1917 they became a member of the Pool Board, set up by the government to control distribution of petroleum products.

Post WWI: Shell needed to find further outlets for its products so, soon after the war, it bought into Bowring Petroleum which controlled the Mex trade name, (hence ShellMex).
Petrol was sold in two-gallon cans - there were no petrol filling stations in Britain until 1919 and, in fact, the term petrol was not commonly used until the 1930s.

This enamel sign in the engine room area of the Museum is often hidden behind exhibits, so during our reorganisation we thought it was convenient to photograph it..

Bowrings of Finsbury Court, Finsbury Pavement, London were makers of Mex motor spirit, so called because the basic oil was sourced from Mexico.

The petroleum business of the Bowring's interests were developed into the Bowring Petroleum Co of London, which was a subsidiary organization.

In 1917 they became a member of the Pool Board, set up by the government to control distribution of petroleum products.

Post WWI: Shell needed to find further outlets for its products so, soon after the war, it bought into Bowring Petroleum which controlled the Mex trade name, (hence ShellMex).
Petrol was sold in two-gallon cans - there were no petrol filling stations in Britain until 1919 and, in fact, the term petrol was not commonly used until the 1930s.

Interesting historical picture of a K6 model (like ours) telephone box being installed back in the day..
27/05/2021

Interesting historical picture of a K6 model (like ours) telephone box being installed back in the day..

Our new Admin Centre, with landscaping completed by Ossie. Looks great!
26/05/2021

Our new Admin Centre, with landscaping completed by Ossie. Looks great!

Our new Admin Centre, with landscaping completed by Ossie. Looks great!

Moving the cute little 1968 Fiat 850 around today as we work through our reorganisation of the ground floor prior to our...
25/05/2021

Moving the cute little 1968 Fiat 850 around today as we work through our reorganisation of the ground floor prior to our 4 July reopening.

Hello bikers! A date for your diary.. 15 August is our Motorcycle Ride-in Day. Just turn up and have a brew, admire each...
21/05/2021

Hello bikers! A date for your diary.. 15 August is our Motorcycle Ride-in Day. Just turn up and have a brew, admire each other's machines and swop stories.

10am to 4pm, Donations welcome.

Please note that the Museum will not be open today.

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We had our 1970 Capri Mk1 2000 GT XLR (V4) out at the Museum yesterday, as part of a major exhibit reorganisation. It's ...
19/05/2021

We had our 1970 Capri Mk1 2000 GT XLR (V4) out at the Museum yesterday, as part of a major exhibit reorganisation. It's done only 14000 miles, in Tawney Gold metallic with added extras of heated rear window and Pirelli Cinturatos tyres! Black bonnet option delete. Cost £1397 when new.
We reopen on 4 July so come and have a look!

If any of you have a classic vehicle that you'd like to display at our reopening day on 4 July, please email us on offic...
17/05/2021

If any of you have a classic vehicle that you'd like to display at our reopening day on 4 July, please email us on [email protected] for a booking form. Look forward to hearing from you all 😁

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If any of you have a classic vehicle that you'd like to display at our reopening day on 4 July, please email us on [email protected] for a booking form. Look forward to hearing from you all 😁

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This beautiful 1939 Rover 14 dhc was one of the visitors at our small private Rover Sports Register club meeting today, ...
16/05/2021

This beautiful 1939 Rover 14 dhc was one of the visitors at our small private Rover Sports Register club meeting today, held under strict Covid compliance. Lovely to see some cars back here, even if visitors were limited to being outside the Museum itself. We reopen to the public on 4 July.

Fabulous old photo that I found at the Museum yesterday.. A 1937 Morris Commercial Leader tractor unit with a mobile pos...
14/05/2021

Fabulous old photo that I found at the Museum yesterday.. A 1937 Morris Commercial Leader tractor unit with a mobile post office ✉️ for the GPO. Look at those stylish wheel spats.. Note the superb registration, GPO 1 ( now on a VW). The photo seems to have been taken at a horse racing course, after a major event judging by the amount of rubbish lying around.. The second picture from 1941 is another similar vehicle, GPO 2, with wartime camouflage.

It's great to discover these little treasures as we continue to prepare for reopening on 4 July.

Our period toy shop recreation is coming on a treat, thanks to Dennis Voller lending us a fantastic cross section of ite...
11/05/2021

Our period toy shop recreation is coming on a treat, thanks to Dennis Voller lending us a fantastic cross section of items for display. Many happy memories here! Much appreciated, Dennis 👍🏻😁

Just a reminder that we reopen on 4 July.

When allowed over the last year, our volunteers have been maintaining and painting areas of the museum. Here is the newl...
10/05/2021

When allowed over the last year, our volunteers have been maintaining and painting areas of the museum. Here is the newly smartened up Henry Pooley weighbridge, used for weighing the coal arriving at site to fire the boilers. Pooley were one of the UKs largest weighing scale manufacturers, even exporting to the US for use during the Gold Rush. Our equipment had a max load of 15 tons.

Just a reminder that we reopen on 4 July.

We're delighted to be looking forward to reopening on 4 July from 10am to 4pm. All museum areas open including catering....
09/05/2021

We're delighted to be looking forward to reopening on 4 July from 10am to 4pm. All museum areas open including catering. Adults £7, children under 12 are free.

Upcoming events already booked are:

25 July: Classic Ford Day

15th August - Ride in motorcycle Day (donations welcome). MUSEUM CLOSED.

4 September: Open House Day, free admission

25 September: Enfield Whitewebbs Railway Modellers Club working exhibition. Admission £5, children under 16 free. NOTE: MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY.

26 September: Morris Minor Owners Club visit, plus Lone Star and Dinky Toy exhibition

30th October (evening) WW2 Dance £10 per ticket

31 October: World War II day

All events are open 10am to 4pm unless stated

Further dates to follow!

If you wish to show your vehicle at an event, or book a club visit, please email [email protected] for a booking form.

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We're delighted to be looking forward to reopening on 4 July from 10am to 4pm. All museum areas open including catering. Adults £7, children under 12 are free.

Upcoming events already booked are:

25 July: Classic Ford Day

15th August - Ride in motorcycle Day (donations welcome). MUSEUM CLOSED.

4 September: Open House Day, free admission

25 September: Enfield Whitewebbs Railway Modellers Club working exhibition. Admission £5, children under 16 free. NOTE: MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY.

26 September: Morris Minor Owners Club visit, plus Lone Star and Dinky Toy exhibition

30th October (evening) WW2 Dance £10 per ticket

31 October: World War II day

All events are open 10am to 4pm unless stated

Further dates to follow!

If you wish to show your vehicle at an event, or book a club visit, please email [email protected] for a booking form.

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We're delighted to have installed a working classic jukebox in our cafe, courtesy of Dennis Voller, our resident expert....
03/05/2021

We're delighted to have installed a working classic jukebox in our cafe, courtesy of Dennis Voller, our resident expert. Looking forward to hearing this! 🕺🏻 💃🏻

Getting ready for our 4 July reopening, we've installed a classic jukebox in our cafe, an essential bit of kit.. thanks ...
01/05/2021

Getting ready for our 4 July reopening, we've installed a classic jukebox in our cafe, an essential bit of kit.. thanks to Derek Voller, our resident expert.

Nice liitle 1962 Ford 100E arriving with us yesterday, the property of the late Terry Tomlin, donated to us by his widow...
30/04/2021

Nice liitle 1962 Ford 100E arriving with us yesterday, the property of the late Terry Tomlin, donated to us by his widow, June. RIP Terry and thank you, June.

Well, the year's really gathering pace now.. Some more dates for you:Reooening 4 JulyClassic Ford Day  25 July.Model Rai...
28/04/2021

Well, the year's really gathering pace now.. Some more dates for you:

Reooening 4 July

Classic Ford Day 25 July.

Model Railway Day 25 September. PLEASE NOTE: MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY. Adults £5, children under 16 free.

Morris Minor Club 26 September
with Lone Star and Dinky Day

WW2 Day 31 October

If you'd like to book a club day, please email [email protected] as soon as possible, while there is availability. 👍🏻

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Well, the year's really gathering pace now.. Some more dates for you:

Reooening 4 July

Classic Ford Day 25 July.

Model Railway Day 25 September. PLEASE NOTE: MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY. Adults £5, children under 16 free.

Morris Minor Club 26 September
with Lone Star and Dinky Day

WW2 Day 31 October

If you'd like to book a club day, please email [email protected] as soon as possible, while there is availability. 👍🏻

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HELLO CAR/BIKE CLUBS! We're reopening on 4 July so if you'd like to book a club meet here (classics, customs, hotrods, s...
25/04/2021

HELLO CAR/BIKE CLUBS! We're reopening on 4 July so if you'd like to book a club meet here (classics, customs, hotrods, single make, bikes or anything else 😁) then please contact us at [email protected] to get booked in.

We will be open every Tuesday and the last Sunday of the month (excluding Bank holidays). Our cafe and shop are open on these days. Opening hours are 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm) with an entrance fee of £7 per person.

We are always more than happy to accommodate groups on other days (subject to availability of volunteers). On these occasions the admittance charge is £10 which will include tea & coffee on arrival. Should you require a buffet lunch for your group there is an additional charge of £5 = £15 per person total. Soft drinks and alcohol are not included in these prices and the buffet lunch option must be pre-booked. We would hope to be able to open our shop for these visits.

We already have Rovers, Minors, Golfs and several general clubs coming, so don't delay!

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HELLO CAR/BIKE CLUBS! We're reopening on 4 July so if you'd like to book a club meet here (classics, customs, hotrods, single make, bikes or anything else 😁) then please contact us at [email protected] to get booked in.

We will be open every Tuesday and the last Sunday of the month (excluding Bank holidays). Our cafe and shop are open on these days. Opening hours are 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm) with an entrance fee of £7 per person.

We are always more than happy to accommodate groups on other days (subject to availability of volunteers). On these occasions the admittance charge is £10 which will include tea & coffee on arrival. Should you require a buffet lunch for your group there is an additional charge of £5 = £15 per person total. Soft drinks and alcohol are not included in these prices and the buffet lunch option must be pre-booked. We would hope to be able to open our shop for these visits.

We already have Rovers, Minors, Golfs and several general clubs coming, so don't delay!

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WE ARE PLANNING TO REOPEN ON SUNDAY 4 JULY, SUBJECT TO COVID REGULATIONS IN FORCE AT THE TIME. We already have several c...
20/04/2021

WE ARE PLANNING TO REOPEN ON SUNDAY 4 JULY, SUBJECT TO COVID REGULATIONS IN FORCE AT THE TIME. We already have several car clubs booked in for Sunday visits and we are also planning a car show in September and a 40s Day. Please check social media for info or, if you're interested in having a club visit, please emai us at [email protected]
WE CAN'T WAIT 😁
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WE ARE PLANNING TO REOPEN ON SUNDAY 4 JULY, SUBJECT TO COVID REGULATIONS IN FORCE AT THE TIME. We already have several car clubs booked in for Sunday visits and we are also planning a car show in September and a 40s Day. Please check social media for info or, if you're interested in having a club visit, please emai us at [email protected]
WE CAN'T WAIT 😁
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A newly arrived addition to our collection of Fire appliances is this 1992 Nissan Cabstar with specialist equipment by S...
19/04/2021

A newly arrived addition to our collection of Fire appliances is this 1992 Nissan Cabstar with specialist equipment by Saxon. This vehicle, kindly donated by Johnson Mathey of Royston is unusual in having a petrol engine of 1952cc rather than the normal diesel, presumably chosen because of the low expected mileage - it's only done 7000 miles in 29 years.

As a mark of respect to HRH Prince Philip, we have lowered the flag on our War Memorial to half mast.
09/04/2021

As a mark of respect to HRH Prince Philip, we have lowered the flag on our War Memorial to half mast.

As a mark of respect to HRH Prince Philip, we have lowered the flag on our War Memorial to half mast.

We join with the rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the Ro...
09/04/2021

We join with the rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

We join with the rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Lots of spring colour provided by these hyacinths in our War Memorial Garden. Sadly, no visitors allowed to admire them,...
28/03/2021

Lots of spring colour provided by these hyacinths in our War Memorial Garden. Sadly, no visitors allowed to admire them, but we are getting gradually closer 🤞🏻

Lots of spring colour provided by these hyacinths in our War Memorial Garden. Sadly, no visitors allowed to admire them, but we are getting gradually closer 🤞🏻

One item that we don't have in our collection is this early 1900s American firefighting suit.. It would certainly be qui...
22/03/2021

One item that we don't have in our collection is this early 1900s American firefighting suit.. It would certainly be quite an attraction for demonstrations!

One item that we don't have in our collection is this early 1900s American firefighting suit.. It would certainly be quite an attraction for demonstrations!

We hope you all enjoyed seeing two of our fire engines making a star appearance on last night's BBC Antiques Roadshow. I...
15/03/2021

We hope you all enjoyed seeing two of our fire engines making a star appearance on last night's BBC Antiques Roadshow. If you missed it, you can catch it on BBC iPlayer.
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We hope you all enjoyed seeing two of our fire engines making a star appearance on last night's BBC Antiques Roadshow. If you missed it, you can catch it on BBC iPlayer.
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VOLUNTEER STEWARDS REQUIRED for our lovely Museum We need car parking marshals, floor stewards, people to cover the shop...
09/03/2021

VOLUNTEER STEWARDS REQUIRED for our lovely Museum

We need car parking marshals, floor stewards, people to cover the shop and café, setting up the exhibit display areas, outdoor stewards for the courtyard area and valve house. The list is endless and the duties varied.

We will be looking to work to a rota of 3 hour shifts per open day (Tuesdays and Sundays) to cover 10am – 1pm & 1pm – 4pm with everyone having a designated area to cover.

If volunteers would prefer to come to the museum on an as/when basis to work on vehicle maintenance etc., they will work as part of that team and not be added to the rota.

We’d be grateful if you could let us know the day(s)/hours you would like to work and whether you wish to be inside the museum or the courtyard areas.

Please email [email protected] giving a contact number so we can discuss further details with you.

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Antiques roadshow tomorrow night from Forty Hall. Could this be the programme with the fire engine?
Antiques Roafshow number 2 from Forty Hall 14th March.
Merry Christmas to all at Whitewebbs. I am proud to be a member. Delighted to report our 1953 Bristol KSW 5G ECW open top double decker WNO 481 more famously known as 1972 Wings Tour Bus will be restored in 2021 to Paul McCartney & Wings layout and livery. Looking forward to bringing WNO 481 to Whitewebbs post restoration tba. We are very proud that the bus features on the front cover of the latest edition of the FBHVC Magazine and in a 6 page article inside. https://www.facebook.com/1972wingstourbus/posts/399013508203539
Merry Christmas everyone. Delighted to report our 1953 Bristol KSW 5G ECW open top double decker WNO 481 more famously known as 1972 Wings Tour Bus will be restored in 2021 to McCartney layout and livery. Looking forward to seeing you at Whitewebbs post restoration. We are very proud that the bus features on the front cover of the latest edition of the FBHVC Magazine and in a 6 page article inside. https://www.facebook.com/1972wingstourbus/posts/399013508203539
For historical enquiries about older British cycles , please contact Mr Scotford Lawrence on [email protected] . He is historian for the UK's National Cycle Museum . Sorry but he is not able to value cycles . www.cyclemuseum.org.uk
Great to see the work cracking on on site, just wish I could be part of the action. Incidentally, has anything been heard of the continuing restoration of the Reo Speedwagon? I remember it's new owner saying in would be completed by March , but given the state of it at the time I noted he failed to mention the year. Look forward to seeing it sometime, certainly a worthy project.
I suppose many of you know that as well as owning Wendy, I actually served with the Middles*x County Ambulance Service from 1959 until it was absorbed into the new Greater London Ambulance Service in 65', and later Ess*x. One of the most important aspects of the job was to be paired up with a suitable 'mate'. In this I was very fortunate, in that in 1961, 'Jack' Craven joined the Service at Edmonton Depot, and we were paired up as a crew, being together for over 16 years. Working as a crew was quite special, once described as ' rather like a marriage but without the s*x!' Jack had three sisters (all born in Wood Green) and were motorcycle mad, the three girls and some local friends formed a one time famous Girls Motorcycle Club in the area. (There is some vintage cine film of them in the London Film Archive). During the early 30's the Family moved to Southend, and soon met up with the famous 'Tornado Smith' who had recently imported the first 'Wall of Death' ride from America. Jack's eldest sister soon joined forces with him, taking on the stage name 'Marjory Dare'. They had a pet lioness who sat on the handlebars when riding on the Wall, until she got too big and rode on a specially made side car. On one occasion Smith drove a stripped down Austin 7 on the Wall! Jack, the youngest of the Craven family was the 'Warm Up Man' outside the Wall. A dead ringer of film star Cesar Romero, and thus something of a 'bird magnet' even in the 60s and 70's. There were times when he was driving our regular A&E ambulance, WMX 34 that I thought he was still on the 'Wall'! Oh the stories I could tell!. The photo (with Jack sitting, and me standing taken at Wood Green Fire Station, Summer 196.1
This is the easiest post pageant Tuesday we have had in 42 years!
Pics from last years pageant
Have a good VE Day, everyone. Lift your spirits.