Portsmouth children dazzle crowds at Chitty Chitty Bang Bang preview at Beaulieu Motor Museum
GUESTS were blown away followingÂ a preview launch ofÂ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu last night.
To celebrate the golden half-century of one of the world's favourite films, Beaulieu is to host its 50 years exhibition at the motor museum fromÂ Saturday.
But a sneak preview at the museum last nightÂ sawÂ high profile attendeesÂ Lord Montagu and celebrity guest Adrian Hall (who played Jeremy in the film) recreateÂ a sceneÂ '“ while a cast of 30 children from a Portsmouth stage production sangÂ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.Â
Guests included Lionel Whitehead, the head mechanic for Alan Mann Racing which produced all of the Chitty film cars, Alan Mann's son Henry and Rupert Howes, the nephew of Truly Scrumptious actress Sally Ann Howes.
Lord Montagu said: '˜I remember seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a seven-year-old, the thought of a flying car was so exciting and the music has stayed in my head for 50 years. So I am delighted to openÂ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 yearsÂ at Beaulieu.'
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 yearsÂ exhibition, which will run until November,Â includes an original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious, Coggins Garage andÂ the inventive machines of Rowland Emett.
It will also seeÂ a replica of Grandpa Potts' hut, the Spy Phone, costumes and original film artwork on display for the first time.
The exhibition will tell the story ofÂ Chitty from its beginnings as Ian Fleming's book '“ and the real-life racing car which inspired it '“ to Cubby Broccoli's unique interpretation on film.
The Ccads Theatre stage production ofÂ Chitty Chitty Bang BangÂ will be at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth from November 1Â - 3.