The Hammond Collection
The museum is permanently closed
The collection has been sold
Back in 1975, Edwin & Jean Hammond were living in Sidcup. Their son, Andrew, was coming up 15 and wanted a motorcycle. Not happy about this, they bought him a Heinkel 3wheeled Bubblecar instead & set about restoring it as a Father/Son project. Edwin became fascinated with these small cars and made a point of visiting a microcar rally at Burford. He was hooked and according to Jean, “Edwin started collecting willy-nilly”. These little cars were very uncool in the 1970/80’s and most were bought for a minimal sum, often saving them from the scrap heap. Not wishing to be outdone Jean founded RUMcars (Register of Unusual Microcars) in 1980, especially for those vehicles that had no specialist club and continues very successfully today. In 2003 the collection of around 47 microcars moved into the current purpose build structure and we are rightfully proud of having some of the rarest & frankly craziest little cars on the planet, each with their own fascinating story to tell. Sadly the collection was sold and dispersed in 2022.
"A wonderful collection of Microcars, located in the heart of Kent"
The Archive of Microcars
The Archive of Microcars is a recently established charitable trust, set up by the trustees in 2018 to preserve & digitalize the irreplaceable archive material amassed over the years, to enable access by all. Whilst the project is in its infancy, there are exciting plans ahead.
You can get in touch, via phone or email!
The Collection is located in the Weald of Kent, between Ashford and Maidstone.