The newly formed UK Crossfires Club held its first meet of 2014 today. In glorious sunshine 21 Crossfires assembled at the Coventry Transport Museums Millennium Place. This provided a splendid area to park the cars, and the mix of Coupes, Roadsters and SRT’s put on a fantastic display which also attracted a steady stream of onlookers, may asking questions about the cars. With many of those attending their first Crossfire meet today, it was interesting to note that several had only recently acquired their cars, and it was great to see their enthusiasm for the new Club and our plans for this year.
After a group welcome and introductions, the warm sunshine kept everyone talking amongst each other about the cars, and also gave the regulars a chance to catch up. When we eventually entered the museum we were greeted by a fantastic display of cars and motorcycles which tell the story of Coventry’s illustrious motor manufacturing history. Coventry Transport Museum's collection consists of 300 cycles, 120 motorcycles and 250 cars and commercial vehicles and over a million archive and ephemera items.
Many famous names started life and were built in and around the area, and seeing the preserved vehicles on display was a stark reminder of our too often forgotten, motor engineering heritage. The museum also houses the awe-inspiring land speed record holding jet powered car Thrust SSC. This was achieved in 1997 when Thrust SSC, driven by Flight Lieutenant Andy Green, achieved the remarkable speed of 763mph. A visit to this fantastic museum is a must! A great day enjoyed by all, and the first 21 members for the new club.