Sammy Miller honoured in motoring awards for museum work

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Sammy with his award, which will be displayed in New Milton

FORMER motorcycle champion Sammy Miller has been recognised for his museum with a personal achievement accolade from the Historic Motoring Awards.

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The prizes, organised by Octane magazine, celebrate the best in the industry and are now in their 10th year.

As reported in the A&T, last year Sammy was granted planning permission to develop his museum and add a two-storey addition.

The extension netted him the personal achievement award, with judges noting: “A firm favourite with our panel, Sammy Miller’s life boasts a trail of motorbike championships and establishing a wonderful eponymous museum in the New Forest.”

Sammy, who was British champion 11 times, has run his museum in New Milton since the 1990s. It contains artefacts from his 55-year career which saw him rack up more than 1,400 wins, as well as a workshop, historical records and large collection of rare motorbikes.

Sammy, who was also shortlisted for the museum/collection of the year, said he was “surprised and really delighted” to win.

He added: “It will certainly put New Milton, the New Forest and the museum on the world map and I am sure will encourage many visitors to the New Forest. These are troubled times so this is good news for our area.”

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