Plans for a new car museum based near the Peak District have been put on hold. The Great British Car Journey had been due to open in Derbyshire this April, but in a statement issued by the Board, it was confirmed that the museum cannot proceed any further due to circumstances beyond the Directors’ control.
The new visitor attraction was the brainchild of former Auto Windscreens and Blyton Park owner Richard Usher, and had been set-up be a timeline of the rise, fall and rise of the British car industry told in nine chapters. A site in Ambergate had been purchased to house the visitor attraction, and more than 100 cars had been purchased in preparation.
The statement confirming that the project was being put on ice said, ‘the Directors of the visitor attraction Great British Car Journey regret to announce that the project, due to open in Derbyshire this April, cannot proceed any further due to circumstances beyond their control. Sadly, two of the Directors have been diagnosed with illnesses requiring extensive treatment and are therefore unable to continue work on the project.
‘The situation has been further aggravated by issues with the site at Ambergate, including the recent flooding, and by unforeseen additional development costs. As a result, the funding that had been secured is no longer available to the business. The Directors would like to thank everyone who has shown enormous commitment to the venture both locally and nationally. In the current circumstances this support is much appreciated.’