Wallace and Gromit vehicles on display at museum

Red motorcycle and sidecar in a classic style
The red motorcycle and sidecar features in the Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave [BBC]

Life-size replicas of vehicles featured in Wallace and Gromit TV shows and films have gone on display at a car museum.

The Atwell Wilson Motor Museum in Calne, Wiltshire, has them until the end of this year after getting a call from The Grand Appeal, the charity for Bristol Children's Hospital.

Brian Utton, from the volunteer-run museum, said the vehicles were in a shop belonging to the charity but needed a temporary home - and the museum is "very lucky" to host them.

He said "it's great timing" with news of a new Wallace and Gromit film being released this year.

Classic small van in green and cream, with 'Top Bun, Wallace & Gromit's traditional bakery' on the side
One of the vehicles is a Wallace & Gromit bakery van, featured in the film A Matter of Loaf and Death [BBC]

The Grand Appeal raises funds for Bristol Children's Hospital services, such as music therapy, to help patients "feel at home and at ease".

Mr Utton added: "It brings in the younger folk, and we're trying to make the museum as family friendly as possible."

While the motorcycle sidecar in Wallace and Gromit can turn into a plane, this one remains firmly on the ground.

Mr Utton said: "The sidecar and motorcycle is of its time. It was a very cheap, cheerful, not particularly comfortable method of travel."

The museum is hoping the vehicles will be popular at its annual show on 14 July.

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