WHAT was car TV like before Top Gear? Beaulieu Motor Museum has found out and will reveal the fascinating answers in First Gear – The Car and TV before Jeremy, in a talk on Saturday February 24.

Motoring journalist Chris Goffey, who presented Top Gear for over ten years will unveil hidden gems from the National Motor Museum Trust’s collection which were discovered following a painstaking, five-year search. The previously undiscovered recordings include shows such as Drive In, Wheelbase, Motorfair, The Motor Show, Wheels and Wheeltracks.

On Saturday March 10 one of the motorsport industry’s most successful figures, David Richards CBE, chairman of Prodrive, chairman elect of the Motor Sports Association and former chairman of Aston Martin is in conversation with motoring historian Graham Robson.

David will recall some of the highlights from his varied and exciting career, from his time as a rally co-driver – which culminated in victory in the 1981 World Rally Championship

with legendary Finnish driver Ari Vatanen – to leading the consortium that purchased Aston Martin from Ford.

Each of the evening sessions starts at 7.30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre. Tickets are £10 and are available from friends@beaulieu.co.uk or on 01590 614792.