Classic VW Karmann Ghia stars in new Arts Centre exhibition

Little and large: The classic Karmann Ghia, along with two of Mike Pattingale's VW models on its bonnet
Little and large: The classic Karmann Ghia, along with two of Mike Pattingale's VW models on its bonnet
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This classic 46-year-old Karmann Ghia features in a new exhibition opening at King’s Lynn Arts Centre on Saturday.

It is pictured here in the Arts Centre courtyard with proud owner Mike Pattingale, of Terrington St Clement – together with two of his extensive range of models which you can see on the bonnet.

“By Road and Rail” features the motoring collections of Mike and the extensive railway memorabilia of Graham Uttin, of Lynn.

The exhibition is well-timed, celebrating 60 years of the Karmann Ghia, a car which first took to the road at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. Mike’s left hand drive was made in Germany in 1969, was later shipped out to the USA and it has been in his possession for some ten years.

If you miss this chance to see the vehicle, it will also feature in the classic cars which will be on display at Heritage Open Day which is being held in Lynn on Sunday, September 13.

Mike became interested in Volkswagen vehicles from a young age and now has more than 400 VW model cars, while Graham treasures a whole host of railway memorabilia including a model railway, which both young and old can take turns in driving.

Visitors can then take a step into the living room of local photographer Jim Tuck through the exhibition “60 Years Through a Lens”.

Having taken photographs for more than 60 years, Jim has built up a collection of images documenting his life including his travels to beautiful cities such as Venice and Paris and idyllic landscapes in Scotland and Wales.

Visitors can also expect to view scenes of Lynn during the late 1960s and 70s taken during Jim’s time working as a King’s Lynn Festival official photographer.

Part of the exhibition sees Jim move from photography into oil painting, experimenting with both mediums to create unique artworks.

“By Road and Rail” is viewable in the Old Warehouse and “60 Years Through a Lens” in the Red Barn; admission is free to both exhibitions which open on Saturday and will continue until Sunday, September 13; the galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and will feature in the King’s Lynn Heritage Open Day on Sunday, September 13.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions, workshops and theatre shows, call 01553 779095 or visit