Knights’ Asset Management team has played a pivotal role in the journey to open a superb new British attraction. The ribbon will be cut later this year to mark the opening of the Great British Car Journey attraction at Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Derbyshire.

The vision of former Auto Windscreens and Blyton Park circuit owner Richard Usher will showcase vehicles at the forefront of Britain’s automobile revolution. The attraction will boast over 150 classic British cars, including Austin Sevens and Morris Minors as well as the more modern classics including the original Mini, Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Cavalier.

Taking visitors on an interactive journey through the golden years of British car design and manufacturing from the 1930s through to the 1990s, attractions will include a Drive Dad’s Car experience allowing visitors to go for a drive with an instructor in a selection of over 30 iconic British cars, from the Austin Seven to a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit. 

Knights’ Asset Management, Corporate and Commercial teams worked closely alongside Richard to move his vision one step closer to reality, finessing the conditional agreement for lease, making licence arrangements relating to classic cars and supporting on investor-related matters.

Richard Usher commented: “The team and I are tremendously excited about the launch of Great British Car Journey and the Drive Dad’s Car experience in 2021. The signing of the lease is a real line in the sand and puts us on track for opening later this year.

James Woodward, Senior Associate at Knights, explains: “This is a really special project to be involved with as it will help conserve our automobile history. We haven’t allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to hinder our efforts, working together to reach this point is testament to our commitment on this project. We’re really excited to see the attraction open later this year.