Tour of heritage motor centre revives memories for nursing home residents

Visit to Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre.
Visit to Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre.

The impressive vintage car collection at Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre gave nursing home residents an opportunity to relive old memories.

A group from both The Julie Richardson Nursing home and Banbury Heights Nursing Home went on the trip with staff members and one relative, to help with wheelchairs.

Visit to Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre.

Visit to Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre.

The heritage motor centre, an annual outing popular with residents, features vehicles from all eras.

Cars which residents particularly enjoyed spotting were a Wolseley Tricar, a 1938 MG EX135 record car (Goldie Gardner’s record car), the Penelope FAB 1 car from Thunderbirds, which brought back memories of the TV series.

Resdient Doris Anderson said: “It was a lovely trip. When I saw the Morris Minor it brought back happy memories of my husband who always wanted one.” Antony White added: “I loved it, it brought back many happy past memories.”

The visitors could also admire an Aston Martin Vanquish as well as famous cars, such as the Land Rover which appeared in the film Skyfall.

After viewing the exhibition, there was time for tea and delicious cakes.

All trips from the homes are carried out in conjunction with ​Banbury Assisted Transport Scheme (BATS). Banbury Heights Nursing home owns the buses and has donated them to BATS who then provide a transport service to other nursing homes and the community.