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West of England Transport Collection

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The West of England Transport Collection (WETC) originated during the 1960s when Colin Shears, a local vehicle enthusiast, started to acquire cars, lorries and buses of historical interest that might otherwise behangar1 scrapped.  Initially this commenced on quite a small scale but, over the years the collection began to grow and it is estimated that in excess of 200 vehicles have been saved from very uncertain futures.

The Collection is located on the site of the former RAF base at Winkleigh which was constructed early during World War II.  The hangar and remaining outbuildings provided an ideal place in which to store vehicles awaiting restoration and the old runways and taxiways provided useful space for off-road testing.

Nowadays, the recently refurbished hangar continues to be the main storage area where not only the West of England Transport Collection but also vehicles belonging to other preservationists are stored.hangar2

Although the Collection is not open to the public, we have in the past held an annual Open Day, usually on the first Sunday during October (see link above for details).  This was always a well attended event during which the whole of the WETC is on display along with a variety of other visiting vehicles.  Occasional private visits can be arranged - please use our Contact page should you be interested in discussing this.

Copyright: West of England Transport Collection at Winkleigh