A Wiltshire motoring museum celebrated a “momentous day” with an exciting new addition to a recent exhibit.

The Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum, just off the A4 in Calne, constructed an extended exhibit in 2022 which has now officially been named after long serving trustee and director Michael Bennett.

A Williams Formula 1 racing car was unveiled in the new Michael Bennett Hall to mark an exciting day for both staff and visitors at the museum.

Wiltshire’s only dedicated motoring museum now boasts over 100 exhibits after car enthusiasts Mr Bennett and Richard Atwell started the business several decades ago.

Mr Bennett stepped in following Mr Atwell’s death and kept the museum afloat.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The F1 carThe F1 car (Image: Trevor Porter)

The newly named exhibit was unveiled by Councillor Sam Pearce-Kearney, the representative for Calne South.

He labelled the unveiling a “momentous day” for a business that has become an important part of the town.

He said: “The impact of this hall extends far beyond the museum walls.

“It serves as a beacon for Calne, attracting visitors from around the world, injecting vitality into the local economy, and fostering a love for history and technology.

“It is a place for families to create memories, for students to learn, and for enthusiasts to connect.”