“OH come on lad! Let’s get down to Beaulieu.”
It’s true. Those cheese-loving film characters Wallace and Gromit have found themselves in the spotlight again at Beaulieu’s On Screen Cars display.
An Austin A35 Anti-Pesto Van is the latest exhibit to arrive down at the New Forest attraction – a plasticine version of this Austin A35 van was created for the film Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Nick Park, creator of the Wallace and Gromit animations, used to own an A35 and thought it was the ideal model to use in the film because “the van needed to be big enough to transport Wallace’s invention, the Bunvac 2000, while slick enough to go on high-speed chases.”
In the film, Tottington Hall’s Giant Vegetable Competition is fast approaching and Wallace and Gromit are running a vegetable security and humane pest control business, Anti-Pesto.
In order to cope with the increasing amount of captured rabbits Wallace invents a brainwashing machine, but a mistake during the operation creates a ‘Were-Rabbit’, a giant rabbit which eats vegetables of any size. It’s down to Wallace and Gromit to capture the rampaging beast before the competition!
The Austin A35 was a popular local delivery van in the fifties and sixties – loved by butchers and bakers – and was produced from 1956-1968, outliving both saloon and estate versions.
It’s nearest descendant is the MINI Clubvan – although news on a replacement MINI van has not been confirmed.
More On Screen Cars can be seen as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction, which also includes the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey, and Palace House and gardens. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk for further information.