East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has paid tribute to Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who has died following a short illness.

Sir Greg said: “Lord Montagu was well known for being the first person to open an ancestral home to the public, which he did in 1952.  He founded the National Motor Museum on his estate and soon became a leading international authority on veteran and vintage cars.”

Sir Greg, who Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, worked closely with Lord Montagu over many years promoting and supporting the preservation and continued use of historic vehicles on public roads.

Sir Greg adds: “Even though he was rather frail of late, I am still shocked and upset to learn of his death. He was a tireless campaigner on motoring issues. As a result of his passing, a huge void has appeared in the world of historic motoring which will be difficult to fill.  My deepest sympathies are with his family”.

Pictured in New Palace Yard at the House of Commons, seated in Lord Montagu’s historic Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, are Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and Sir Greg Knight MP discussing historic vehicle issues (what else?) with Government Minister Mike Penning MP.