A massive fire which destroyed much of the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham, ruining 650 vintage machines, was caused by a "carelessly discarded" cigarette, investigators say.
Many of you know the Motorcycle Museum as home of the annual Pest Tech exhibition. Clearly, with Pest Tech so close at hand, the museum will not be the venue this year.
The NPTA have however have made assurances that the exhibition WILL GO AHEAD, and will be making an announcement in the next few days as to the venue. News will be posted here as soon as we have it.
The value of the destroyed bikes is put at £8m, but many of the machines are irreplaceable.
The destruction could have been worse - scores of bikes were pushed to safety by museum staff and delegates at a business conference on the city.
Fire experts at the scene on Wednesday quickly determined the cause of the fire which has left 70% of the building a blackened shell.
More than 120 firefighters tackled the fire which could be seen for 15 miles around.
The bikes destroyed in the collection traced the history of the British motorcycle industry and many of the museum's rarest exhibits were among those lost.
Exhibits included BSA Gold Stars, Sunbeam Twins, DMW Hornets and Triumph racers.
But museum bosses have vowed that the museum will be rebuilt and hopes remain that some of the damaged bikes could be saved.