"Preserving the past for the future" Patrons: Lord Rootes, T. D. Rootes and W. B. Rootes
Registered Charity - no. 1108882

Building for the Future!
For release, 14th November, 2015, 4pm

Rootes Archive Centre,
Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village,
Southam Road, Banbury,
Oxon OX16 2SP, UK

Building for the Future!

On 14th November 2015 at the NEC Classic Car Show, the Rootes Archive Centre Trust (RACT) officially launched an ambitious but exciting building fund program to raise the capital required to purchase a permanent home.

The RACT is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and has been preserving and protecting the original material from the Rootes-Chrysler Engineering Department for the last 12 years. The archive includes hundreds of thousands of detailed manufacturing drawings from the 1930s through to the early 1980s as well as marketing, sales and servicing literature and photographs. The material is complemented with artefacts such as the Rootes boardroom table and chairs from Devonshire House, a large 3D model of the Linwood Plant and various dealership signage items, and continues to grow as further items are collected and saved for current and future generations of Rootes enthusiasts. Access by interested parties is encouraged and club committees hold regular meetings at the centre. The RACT also recently created a Facebook page and so is now reaching more classic vehicle devotees than ever before.

The RACT currently rents a shared user building. This is its second premises, after a move from its previous unit in a business park was necessary to reduce rocketing rent rises. However, ever increasing rental costs and the risks associated with short term contracts puts it in a continuously precarious position. The Trustees have always had to keep a keen eye on the long term viability of the RACT and think that the time is right to consider alternatives - including the possibility of purchasing a permanent home through an innovative donation program.

This is history in the making! Would you like to be part of this special project? The RACT is initially seeking pledges of £500 donations from individuals and organisations. This could be as a one off payment, in five annual instalments or even as a standing order of £1.93 per week for five years. If enough people come together to support this inspiring venture, then our unique Rootes archive could enter the next chapter in its fascinating journey!

In addition to financial pledges, volunteers with relevant expertise are vital. Please do step forward if you can assist in any of the following areas: Marketing; Property Law; or VAT. You would be joining a dedicated sub-committee of forward thinking individuals responsible for driving the project.

The first donation to the fund, from the RACT's long term supporter Stewart Miller and Peter James Insurance, was today presented to the Chairman of the Trustees, Gordon Jarvis, by Sir Stirling Moss at the NEC Classic Motor Show. Gordon is delighted to launch this fund and accept this first donation which starts the journey to securing modern fit-for-purpose premises for the archive. Now with the support from individual and corporate members of the Rootes car fraternity we can really make history and secure a permanent home for the fascinating archive material associated with our vehicles.

Sir Stirling Moss joins Stewart Miller and Peter James at the 2015 NEC Classic Car Show. Video: http://peterjamesinsurance.co.uk/index.php/latest-news/138-necclassic-show-2105. Clips show Sir Stirling on the Imp and Rapier Owners' Club stands and also with FBHVC and finally launching the Rootes Archive Centre Trust's campaign to raise funds for it to purchase a permanent home, Sir Stirling handed over a cheque for the campaign's very first donation - from long term RACT supporter Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance.

For more photos, see our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/RootesArchiveCentreTrust.

Matthew Ollman from the RACT can be contacted at matthewollman@rootesarchivecentre.org.uk with any enquires or to pledge financial support or time to the program.

To download the Building Fund Pledge Form click here.