"Preserving the past for the future"
Patrons: Lord Rootes, T. D. Rootes and W. B. Rootes
Registered Charity - no. 1108882
The Rootes Archive Centre Trust purchases its own HQ Building
For release, 28th November, 2016, 4pm
Rootes Archive Centre,
Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village,
Southam Road, Banbury,
Oxon OX16 2SP, UK
The Rootes Archive Centre Trust has now placed a deposit for the build of its own Archive Centre (subject to planning permission being granted). Something like one quarter of the building illustrated here.
Sir Stirling Moss launched the Trust's £165,000 fund raising appeal at the 2015 NEC Classic Motor Show and since then the Rootes Car Clubs along with many of their members and supporting companies have really got behind the campaign with both cash donations and loan pledges.
The Trust now has donations (including gift aid) totalling £68,000 with a further £74,000 as loan pledges.
Trust Chairman Gordon Jarvis said "To be able to press the button on our own building after only 12 months fund raising is fantastic - clearly the fund raising needs to continue so we can repay the loans but at least now we know our Archive, which contains thousands of engineering drawings for Rootes Cars, is safe for generations to come"
The new building is to be built on a heritage site in the village of Wroxton near Banbury and will be a close neighbour to the Bentley Drivers Club HQ.
This newly constructed 2,000 square feet Archive will house:
Trust Treasurer Matt Ollman said "Having our own building will give the Trust financial stability and make the Heritage Centre sustainable for generations to come. The Centre will become the home of everything connected to the Rootes marque".
The Trust hopes to move into their new building in late Summer 2017.
To help the Trust with their building purchase you can find both Pledge and Donation forms are on their Web site http://www.rootesarchivecentre.org.uk - Click on news and then building fund to find them.
For more photos, see our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/RootesArchiveCentreTrust.
For Press Information please contact: Andy Bye (Trustee) on 07771 943988; andybye_at_rootesarchivecentre.org.uk; The Rootes Archive Centre Trust, New Devonshire House, Cherwell Business Village, Southam Road, Banbury OX16 2SP
Quick link: to download the Building Fund Pledge Form click here.