It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Gordon Jarvis, Association of Rootes Car Clubs Treasurer and Chairman of the Rootes Archive Centre Trust passed away on 10/05/2018, in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, after a short illness. See press release here.
This page is to keep you informed of the latest news of events which we are organising and activities in which you can participate. Why not come along to take part, have your car photographed for the Web site, or lend a hand with the Archive? For a diary of information about all activities related to the Centre, including press releases following the events listed here, go to the Diary page.
If you or your club have an idea for a research project or educational or other event which fits the objectives of the Rootes Archive Centre Charitable Trust, please contact us using the "Contact" button on the menu.
Rootes Heritage appeared on Radio Oxford - Lilly Mitchell's show on tuesday afternoon, 12th June. You can now hear it on BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0687rjj#play . Our bit starts at 2:08:15.
Preservationist of the Year! The Association of Rootes Car Clubs and the Rootes Archive Centre Trust have been jointly awarded the Preservationist of the Year accolade by The Transport Trust for the work they have done in preserving the engineering archive of the Rootes Group. http://www.carsceneinternational.com/rootes-archive-grand-opening-22-april-2018.
Official opening of Rootes Heritage at Wroxton Apollo Park. This is also Drive It! Day, Sunday 22/4/2018. See Web article by Nick Maltby http://www.carsceneinternational.com/rootes-archive-grand-opening-22-april-2018.
Our new address is: Rootes Heritage, Unit 15 Apollo Office Park, Ironstone Lane, Wroxton, Banbury, Oxon OX15 6AY
Rootes Archive Centre Opening Update
We are pleased to confirm that building work on the new Archive building is progressing well and we will be able to move the Archive into our new building by the end of September as planned.
However, at our meeting with the developer last week he confirmed that bad weather and some supplier delays meant the site surfacing and landscaping and car parks would not be completed until October (at the earliest) and that the site would, therefore, be un-suitable for a launch event.
The Trustees have therefore taken the decision to focus on moving the Archive (a big challenge in itsself) and announce the official opening event in April 2018 when most people will have their classic cars back on the road after the winter.
The date for your diary of the Official Opening, where we can all celebrate what has been achieved but more importantly your part in achieving it, is therefore Sunday 22nd April 2018 to co-incide with the national "Drive It Day".
More details will follow and we will also keep you updated on the move - so for now just get the date in your 2018 diary!
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Information about previous activities can be found on the Diary page.