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Left to right: MSMT Trustees: Peter Card – Past Chairman, Ray Hutton – Chairman, Michael Ware – Chairman Emeritus , Paul Skilleter, Bob Cartwright – Treasurer, Graham Robson (former Trustee), Mike Budd – Observer, Anders Clausager - Vice Chairman, Patrick Collins, Ian Dussek - Secretary, Mark Hughes
Ralph, 4th Baron Montagu of Beaulieu
Born in 1961, Ralph Montagu attended Walhampton and Millfield Schools and Brockenhurst College before graduating as a Graphic Designer at the Central School of Art and Design in 1983. He also received a training in Estate Management.
At Beaulieu, he has been overseeing the management of the land and property of the estate since the late 1980s, when his father passed much of the estate over to him. In the early 1990s, he instigated a strategy for the village which provided for additional local needs housing and other improvements to the landscaping and community facilities. More recently, he took over the chairmanship of Beaulieu Enterprises Limited which operates the leisure and tourism activities on the estate.
He is President of the National Motor Museum Trust and has been playing a large part in the future planning of the National Motor Museum and remains committed to its future at Beaulieu.
Joined the Trustees of the MSMT on the death of his Father with effect from 1st September 2015.
Freelance writer and editor, former editor-in-chief of Autocar. Started in motoring journalism with Motor Racing magazine and has maintained an interest in motor sport, while moving professionally towards analysis of the motor industry and its products.
Author of several books including the Centenary History of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA); Jewels in the Crown: How Tata of India transformed Britain’s Jaguar and Land Rover; and Ford GT40: The autobiography of 1075. Twice winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers’ prestigious Montagu Trophy and the Bentley International Award.
Best known for his journalism at The Sunday Times and Car and Driver magazine in the USA. Worked for many years with book publisher Motor Racing Publications, and now associated with Porter Press International.
Vice-president of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Honorary President of the international Car of the Year jury, Associate member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
Trustee of MSMT since 1989, subsequently appointed Vice-Chairman and became Chairman in 2022
A multi-award-winning writer, Giles has worked across a vast array of motoring
media for almost 40 years. Within this he’s written 56 books on a diverse array of
automotive subjects, and is hugely experienced in every aspect of mainstream and
Giles began his career in 1984 in the car industry, working for author Karl Ludvigsen.
He switched to magazines in 1985 with Classic & Sports Car, which he went on to
edit. He launched Your Classic magazine, was group editor of this and the weekly
AutoClassic, and had a spell as a commissioning editor on Autocar magazine.
He started a freelance writing-and-editing career in 1993 during which he contributed
to national newspapers and many car magazines, relaunched Motorsport Collector
magazine, and accepted numerous consultancy roles.
Among his book titles, My Dad Had One Of Those is one of the most successful car
books of all time, with nearly 190,000 copies sold. He has been editor-in-chief of
three titles for DK – The Car Book (2011), The Classic Car Book (2016) and Drive
(2018) – published and republished internationally in numerous languages and to
wide acclaim. His book "Chapman’s Car Compendium" won the Montagu
of Beaulieu Trophy in 2008. Giles also created the Royal Automobile Club Motoring
Book Of The Year Awards.
He continues to write, interview and undertake new research for magazines including
The Automobile and Octane. In addition, he acts as advisor, consultant editor, script-
doctor and picture researcher for publishers, and owns one of the most comprehensive
private car image libraries in Europe.
Giles is married to Annabel and lives in Kent.
A materials scientist by training, a chance conversation led to a few months’ work with the British
Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1994, at the fledgling Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon – now the
British Motor Museum. Those few months turned into a change of career and Stephen spent more
than two decades as the Museum’s Curator. In 2020 he became Head of Collections, overseeing all
of the Trust’s collections and exhibitions, as well as its vehicle workshop, learning, volunteers and
community and engagement programmes.
Stephen has an MA in Museum Studies, is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians in
Britain, on the Secretariat of the World Forum for Motor Museums, as well as an advisor to Arts
Council England on historic vehicles. Stephen is frequent commentator on motoring history in print,
on TV and on radio and online. Writing has been very much part of the every-day job at the Museum
and Stephen has also coauthored a book on Morris Motors, ‘Making Cars at Cowley’, as well as
helping others realise their book projects.
Bob joined the MSMT as a Trustee and as Treasurer at the beginning of 2011. He qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1978 and is now a Fellow and Life Member. As he specialised in Treasury, he qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers in 2002. Until retirement in 2016, he was Group Treasurer of a FTSE 250 listed company, ensuring that the necessary funding was available to execute business plans.
Having participated in rallies and auto-tests soon after buying his first Mini, Bob has always had a keen interest in motoring. He has been a member of the Morgan Sports Car Club since purchasing a Plus 8 in 1997. He specialises in the history of Morgan and other British sports cars and has written articles for the Morgan Sports Car Club’s Miscellany and motoring magazines. Bob is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain and contributes to the SAHB Times.
A life-long enthusiast for all things transport related, his motor industry apprenticeship was followed by ten years working on a variety of vehicles. Patrick took a break from motor cars in the late 90s, spending a decade working in outdoor education. In 2007 he joined the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu in the role of Research & Enquiries Officer, working with the museum’s extensive reference library and motoring archive. He also researches and writes museum text and contributes to the museum’s publications. Patrick has had numerous magazine articles published on a diverse range of, largely non-motoring related, subjects.
Married with two young children, what little spare time Patrick has is spent pursuing interests in transport and industrial history, outdoor activities and spending as much time as he can get away riding motorcycles.
Patrick represented the National Motor Museum at MSMT meetings, and became a Trustee in 2017.
With a BSc in Medieval Economic History, I was originally employed as a Systems Analyst with ICL, and changed occupations in 1986 to work for several London auction houses. In 2004 I started an independent auction and valuation company, providing professional and highly detailed written valuations for probate certification, family division and litigation purposes.
An active vintage motor car owner and driver, I have written books covering Motor-Car Mascots, Vehicle Badges, Early Cycle Lighting, The Vintage M.G., Automobilia and Tomorrow's Antiques. I have appeared on television and radio on many occasions, either talking about motoring, discussing auction sale highlights, or being the resident ‘motoring expert’ on the Big Breakfast TV programme. In recent years I have been employed as a commentator at motoring events.
Honorary Member: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain
Member: Historical Advisory Panel, National Motor Museum
Member: Guild of Motoring Writers
Chairman emeritus: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain.
Member: V-CC & VSCC
MSMT: Trustee from 2009, Chairman from 2016 to February 2022
Born on 11th October 1945 in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, Paul studied photography and cinematography at Bournemouth College of Art 1962 – 1965. He then became a staff photographer on the weekly Motor magazine (IPC) 1966 – 1974, before transferring to Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine as a photo-journalist 1974. His first book (Jaguar Sports Cars) was published in 1975 and won the Cugnot Trophy (Society of Automotive Historians). Paul went freelance in 1977, with further major books on Jaguar and Morris Minor following, four of these winning the Montagu Trophy (Guild of Motoring Writers). Paul founded Practical Classics magazine in 1980, this becoming the UK’s biggest-selling title on classic cars. He co-founded The Automobile magazine in 1985, then Jaguar World magazine (as Jaguar Quarterly) in 1988; this he published from 1989 to 2002 via PJ Publishing Ltd, which today publishes a range of high-quality motoring books mainly on Jaguar.
Became a Trustee of the MSMT in 2015.
Mike attends Trustee meetings as Lord Montagu's representative and is valued for his knowledge of Brough Superior and other motorcycles and cars of the prewar era.
Born 1936. Michael Ware trained as a photographer and spent 5 years as a motor sporting photographer – mainly motor racing.
Joined the Montagu Motor Museum at Beaulieu in 1963 as Photographic Librarian, became Curator of the Museum in 1966 when Michael Sedgwick left that post to become freelance. When the museum became the National Motor Museum Trust in 1972 he remained as Curator, a post he held till retirement in 2001.
A founder Trustee of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust in 1983. Founder member of the Association of Independent Museums and originator of 'World Forum for Motor Museums'. Invented Autojumble! Has written a number of books on transport subjects. In retirement writes three monthly columns, 'Lost and Found' for Classic and Sports Car, 'Back on the Road' for The Automobile and 'Wareabouts' for Classic Motor Monthly. Keen member of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain and greatly enjoys all aspects of research into motoring history.
With 40-years of publishing experience. He began in magazines, at Haymarket Publishing, where he was Editor of Autosport (1981–84) and Classic & Sports Car (1984–87). Then as a freelance he wrote for numerous magazines around the world but gradually his focus moved to books. He wrote a few, including Lotus Elan (Osprey, 1992), until the editing, project management and publishing of books took over, in particular putting together the 30-strong ‘Original’ series for Bay View Books (1990–98). There followed 14 years with Haynes Publishing as Editorial Director of the Books Division (1999–2013), a period in which the company published over 800 titles under his guidance, mainly about classic cars and motorsport, but covering other transport and leisure subjects as well. He currently co-runs Evro Publishing with Eric Verdon-Roe and also edits books in Porter Press’s ‘Great Cars’ series.
Mark has been an MSMT Trustee since 2014 and currently edits the Newsletter.
Born: July 1938. M.S.M.T. Trustee since 2010. Hon Secretary 2011-2016 and from February 2022
H.R.G.owner since 1959. Co-founder, H.R.G. Association 1960, Patron 2002 to present
Editor H.R.G.A Gazette 1960-2002 and 2016 to present.
Honorary Member V.S.C.C. of America. Member S.A.H.B.
Retired director, international asphalt company.
Author of 'H.R.G.-The Sportsman’s Ideal' 1985, revised edition 2010 and of many articles on motoring, highway engineering and City of London History.
Past President, Institute of Asphalt Technology and Institution of Highways & Transportation.
Past Master and Archivist, The Worshipful Company of Paviors.
Home: Farringdon, Hampshire
Born Denmark 1949. Education: College of Architecture, Aarhus, 1970-74; MDes in automotive design, RCA, 1974-76; MA in history by research, dissertation In Search of a British People’s Car, University of Warwick, 1998-2000.
Career: designer Volkswagen 1977-78 (Polo Mark 2); designer Austin Morris 1978-79; archivist BL Heritage/BMIHT 1979-2000; archivist JDHT 2000-14, now author, editor, and automotive history consultant.
Publications: around 20 books, subjects include Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Le Mans, MG, Mini, Porsche, Sunbeam-Talbot, and Volvo; co-author of Britain’s Motor Industry The First Hundred Years 1995; Wolseley A Very British Car 2016, winner of the Cugnot, Montagu, and Sedgwick Awards; many articles and conference papers.
Voluntary work and honorary positions: formerly registrar and historian Wolseley Register; founder member of CVCC which became the FBHVC; some time member of the dating committee of the VCC of GB; member of the Advisory Council of the NMM at Beaulieu; secretary of the SAHB.
Became a Trustee of the MSMT in 2010 and Vice Chairman in February 2022.