The world-renowned Dunsfold historic Land Rover Collection is launching a fundraising campaign to secure a suitable museum building to allow regular access for the public to its collection of historic vehicles.
How the Dunsfold Collection started
The Collection started in 1968 by Brian Bashall who realised that his love of strange prototype and pre-production Land Rovers would also interest others. These irreplaceable prototypes which are part of Britain’s transport heritage and without Brian’s foresight and enthusiasm many of these vehicles would have been lost forever. The Transport Trust, recognised the importance of Brian’s work in 2003 when it awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Important Land Rover vehicles and archive
Over the years, the Dunsfold Collection has expanded to include not only prototype and pre-production vehicles but examples of almost every model made by Land Rover from 1948 to the present day, including military vehicles, record-breakers, Royal cars, Limited Editions and display vehicles.
The Collection now has over 130 unique Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles which are housed in a number of barns and at present, can only be seen at the biennial Open Weekend when they are all put out on display on a local estate. Visitors come from all over the world to view this unique Collection.
The Dunsfold Collection appeal
The Dunsfold Collection trustees want to ensure the collection of over 2,000 model vehicles and the archive of Land Rover engineering drawings, marketing and promotional material are safeguarded for the enjoyment of future generations.
The trustees are inviting Land Rover enthusiasts everywhere to help raise funds to secure a museum building. More details may be found on the Collection website including an application form to become a Friend of the Collection for just £35 per year and further information on a range of sponsorship opportunities that will ensure your support of this important collection is recognised among Land Rover enthusiasts everywhere.