Friday 5 – 29 May 2017

OPENING NIGHT: Art in Motion: Seven Sportscars That Shaped The Future

Friday 5 May, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Champagne Reception & Talk, £25  Booking

The art and beauty of automotive design, combined with the enduring genius of innovative engineering, will be celebrated at Messums Wiltshire throughout the month of May.

Messums Wiltshire will be showcasing an important collection of magnificent post-war, European sportscars that together demonstrate the dynamic ways in which sportscar design and manufacture has evolved throughout the post-war decades. Seven beautifully preserved classics will be displayed alongside four individual modern cars (one on display at a time, unveiled every Friday in May) which demonstrate the engineering brilliance of modern-day pioneers of automotive design.

Behind every classic car is an adventure in imagination, innovation, true grit and exceptional creative endeavour. Ground-breaking designers of the future have invariably been inspired by those who broke away from the design conventions of the past. With that in mind we are delighted to be hosting a series of talks and workshops led by automotive experts and inventors, to celebrate the best of the old and the brilliance of the new – hybrid, electric and hydrogen – technologies.

The opening night of Art in Motion: Knowledge and Design will take the form of a champagne reception and will include an informal and entertaining introduction by motoring expert Richard Sutton, who is also the curator of the Messums Wiltshire exhibition.

Richard will bring the exhibition to life, in anecdotal and engaging style, as he shares insights into the design and development of seven magnificent greats of the automotive world. Each of the cars and designers represented in the exhibition has not only influenced the past, but also continues to influence design trends of today and the future.

A programme of Friday evening talks will run throughout the exhibition including one given by Mate Rimac, creator of Rimac Automobili, the Croatian supercar and technology manufacturer responsible for the revolutionary electric Rimac Concept_One – the world’s fastest accelerating car. This will be the first time Mate has presented in the UK and the first time a Concept_One will be demonstrated to customers by Rimac on the UK roads. Complimenting him will be another evening in the company of British inventor and visionary, Hugo Spowers, whose Riversimple Rasa is the world’s first network electric, hydrogen-fuelled car. For 15 years Hugo and Riversimple have been all-out “to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport” and the enormously advanced Rasa is the result. Mate and Hugo represent the latest and greatest automotive visionaries in Europe.

Displayed in Messums Wiltshire’s 6500sqft 13th Century monastic barn, only European sports cars are chosen: European, in order to align the cultural influences and aspirations of the creators and customers of each era, and sports cars because they are the artists’ most indulgent automotive media; devices defying pragmatism to prioritise and espouse the emotional.

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A founding member of the Classic and Sportscar editorial team in the eighties, Richard is well-known for his extensive knowledge of the history, design and value of classic and historic cars. Richard created the Cartier Style et Luxe automobile design competition for Lord March at Goodwood in 1995, before joining the Goodwood Racing Company, where he ran both the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival for a formative decade.

Richard was also writer and co-presenter for all of Channel 4’s record-breaking ‘Deals on Wheels’ series. He is passionate about the future of sustainable transport and championing those who are designing cars that allow us to travel with minimal damage to the environment.



Entrance to show £10 or £2 for children under 13 years (except opening nights)