UK Lottery Draw Supports the Heritage Motor Centre

 
 
The UK lottery draw raises money for a number of good causes around the country, some small and some much larger. One of the most spectacular of course was the 2012 London Olympics but another very obvious recipient is to be found just south of the M40 motorway at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Set in 65 acres of well-tended parkland next to the elegant Aston Martin headquarters and the Jaguar/Land Rover Design and Engineering Centre, the Heritage Motor Centre houses a professional conference centre as well as nearly 300 exhibits tracing the development of the British car industry over more than 100 years.
 

Display of Race and Rally Cars at the Heritage Motor Centre Supported by UK Lottery Draw

 

The centre opened in 1993, combining the collections previously held at Studley, Warwickshire and Syon Park, London, much of it the property of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. This trust was created in 1986, supported by British Leyland (later Rover), inheriting in it’s turn vehicles and archives held by Leyland Historic Vehicles (set up in 1975) and BL Heritage Ltd. (1979).

The new centre is owned by a charitable trust and was built in a stunning Art Deco style, which provides a dramatic view to visitors as they arrive.

In 2006 the centre was redeveloped with the help of a £1.3 million grant from the UK lottery draw. After five months, the new centre was opened by the Princess Royal.

But don’t get the idea the UK lottery draw was supporting a static and musty museum. There is always something going on at the Heritage Motor Centre. There are regular meetings of enthusiasts in the large car parks outside the centre and those who arrive in a classic car pay a reduced entry fee; the day after I visited owners of Morris Minor Travellers were meeting at the site. At other times there are classic vehicle shows and rallies as well as shows covering other areas such as toys, model railways and even model aircraft.

The centre hosts specific exhibitions too: at present there is a display celebrating 100 years of Aston Martin cars.

As you arrive at the site you realize there is a lot going on: behind the Heritage Motor Centre is the banked Jaguar/Land Rover test track and you can hear powerful cars going through their paces. There is an extensive restoration and maintenance workshop in the building where five technicians look after the exhibits and prepare them for the many exhibitions and rallies they attend as well as for the Centre’s own displays.

For an extra fee, visitors can also book a demonstration ride in a Land Rover or pilot a four-wheel drive vehicle around the off-road course on site. Twice a day there is a guided tour of the centre and a restaurant, extensive conference facilities and even a wedding venue are available for use.

In 2008, the centre’s archive store was updated too. This area contains some 1 million documents, photographs and films related to the British car industry over the last 100 years. In 2005, the UK lottery draw provided money for the purchase of the Nick Baldwin collection of important archive material.

But it doesn’t even stop there: the Heritage Motor Centre owns some 300 significant vehicles with only around 180 on display at any one time. There are plans in place for an extra building to house the cars not normally on display as well as a new workshop facility and the UK lottery draw has already provided money for the planning stage. Hopefully the UK lottery draw will be closely involved in all stages of the development.

The UK lottery draw gets involved in many fascinating and deserving projects and the Heritage Motor Centre is certainly one to make players of the UK lottery draw proud. Why not pay the centre a visit, talk to the friendly staff and volunteers and know you are supporting one of the most interesting and significant museums?

If you want to find out more about the Heritage Motor Centre, visit their website.
 

 

Get More From Your National Lottery Draw Numbers

 
 
A little while ago Camelot, the administrators of the British National Lottery announced there would be changes made to the main Lotto draw, resulting in more money being available when you match National Lottery draw numbers. The time has come for those changes to be implemented.

As of Saturday 5 October 2013 the tickets will increase in price from £1 to £2 (in line with the Euromillions draw) and the minimum jackpots will increase from £3.9 million to £5 million on a Saturday and from £2.1 million to £2.5 million on a Wednesday.
 

Young Lady Holding Twenty Pound Notes

 

The smaller prizes for matching National Lottery draw numbers will change in value too. The larger prizes will actually reduce in value, matching 5 National Lottery draw numbers plus a Bonus Ball used to net the player £100,000 but this will now become £50,000. Equally just 5 numbers matched brings £1000 instead of the previous £1500.

Match 4 National Lottery draw numbers however and the reward increases from £60 to £100: similarly, matching 3 numbers now brings £25, instead of £10.

Bear in mind the prizes can increase according to the amount of ticket sales and the number of winners.

The biggest change however is that Camelot are bringing in a raffle system, similar to that already existing in the UK Euromillions draw. The prize fund available is also £1 million (as in the European lottery) but, for the Lotto draw, this is divided between 50 players, each receiving £20,000 in addition to anything they might win by selecting the right National Lottery draw numbers.

There is an interesting twist to the new raffle scheme, however, as the number of raffle winners will increase as the jackpot rolls over. Every time the top prize rolls over, another 50 x £20,000 raffle prizes are added to the Lotto draw. This means a quadruple rollover will result in 250 raffle winners!

To launch the new look National lottery there will be two special draws on Saturday 5th October and Saturday 12th October 2013. On both these nights the jackpot will be guaranteed to be at least £10 million and there will be a massive 1,000 winners of the £20,000 raffle prize.

The new tickets will go on sale on 3 October 2013. Don’t forget that, although you will be paying more, the National Lottery draw numbers you select will give you the potential to win more than before.

 

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