Countdown to the Queen's Baton Relay visiting the British Motor Museum

Published: 10/07/2022

In just 12 days’ time the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the British Motor Museum as part of its route around Britain. On Friday 22 July the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the Museum at approximately 9:57am, before heading on to the Recreation Ground in Stratford-upon-Avon. 
Members of the public are invited to come along to this free event and line the Museum’s main driveway to watch the Baton arrive. It will be accompanied by the Queen's 1953 Royal Ceremonial Land Rover from the museum’s collection. This vehicle was part of fleet used by the Queen and Prince Philip on a six-month Commonwealth tour soon after the coronation. There will also be a special Gaydon Gathering of 200 British classics which spectators can view whilst the Baton entourage goes into the Museum for a private demonstration of STEM activities. Anyone with a British classic car who would like to be part of this special gathering can book their FREE place via the website. 

Jeff Coope, Managing Director of the British Motor Museum, said: “We feel very privileged that the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the Museum next week. We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of the Baton and will be working with our local community and visitors to give it a warm welcome, including hosting a special parade of British iconic cars and a display of Royal Cars that we have in our prized collection.”

The Museum itself will stay closed to the public until 11am but, after the Baton has left (approximately 10.30am), it will then open its doors to spectators of the Queen’s Baton Relay event offering a special discounted entry for the day of £10 for adults and £7 for children. Inside the Welcome Gallery visitors will be able view a display of vehicles from the Royal household including the first bespoke Royal Land Rover state review car, one of the fleet of vehicles used for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s first Commonwealth Tour in 1953/4 and a 1971 Rover P5B, the personal property of HM the Queen but on long term loan to the Museum. 

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. The Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer. The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July. 

More information about the Queen’s Baton Relay event at the British Motor Museum along with how to reserve FREE spectator tickets and QBR Gaydon Gathering tickets can be found at . For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit

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