On 8 and 9 September three very special cars from the 1900’s will be thrashing it out on the runways at the Science Museum Swindon in a challenge to see which is the fastest in a straight line over a half kilometer distance.
The race is part of the Science Museum’s Heritage Weekend and will pit the Science Museums’ very own 1904 Krieger Electric Car against a Wessington Cabins’ 1900 American ‘Mobile’ Steam Car and a 1905 French ‘Corre’ Petrol Car to see which is superior in a straight line.
The race will run at 2pm on both the Saturday and the Sunday of the event providing a truly original drag race, the likes of which we may never see again. The Museum is even running a free heritage bus to ship the public to the event from STEAM, Swindon railway station and Wroughton High Street (See Notes to Editors for timetable).
Matt Moore, Community Engagement Officer at the Science Museum said, “For most people it is a real thrill just to see these vintage vehicles but to actually watch them racing is going to be a great spectacle.”
“We are opening three of our giant hangars this weekend providing a rare opportunity for the public to explore the hidden treasures within; this is also our last open weekend of the year before we appear on ITV for the all important public vote.”
The Heritage Weekender runs on the 8 and 9 September from 10am to 5pm. It will be based in the Museum’s D4 hangar with free heritage bus trips to L1 and L4 hangars.
Other highlights will include a 1956 Dennis Fire Engine display and vintage motorcycle sprint demonstrations as well as fun packed experiments for children. Entry to the museum is free, although there is a charge of £3 per car for parking.