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I mentioned the newly installed Frazer Nash car and memorabilia exhibition at the River & Rowing Museum a few weeks back in the Muddy Guide, and being a voracious fan of myself (because charity begins at home!) I took my own advice and toddled off to have a look.

Let me make it clear that I am someone with zero interest in cars,  but this exhibition is compact, basically just one room on the ground floor of the musuem, and really rather charming.

As you can see, there are two glorious cars installed, one of which Sterling Moss raced in Le Mans (the green one, mums – don’t make me find out its proper name), and because they’re open top you can peer around very easily – it’s quite tempting to hop over the rope and pop yourself in the driver’s seat.

The exhibition tells the story of the beginnings, rise and eventually end of Frazer Nash as a car manufacturer, and the men behind it. So there’s an original leather driving hat, old driving license, a leather suitcase covered in stickers straight of boy’s own manual, as well as easy-to-follow timelines and a cabinet of trophies.

If you or your children are total petrolheads this exhibition is unlikely to itch the scratch, but as another reason to visit the Henley River & Rowing Museum, or a way to persuade a grumpy son out of the door, it’s an interesting  temporary addition to the permanent Wind in the Willows exhibition and rowing paraphernelia upstairs in this most prettily of situated Oxfordshire museums.

Frazer Nash exhibition, River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF. Tel: 01491 415600. Free with entry to museum, £8.50 adults, £6 (kids 4-16).

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