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An Italian Job at Brooklands

One of the Italian beauties from Auto Italia at Brooklands 2011

MORE than 1,000 Italian cars – from the fastest Ferrari to the most unassuming Fiat 500 – will fill Brooklands Museum’s grounds to overflowing this Saturday, May 5.

All the great Italian marques, including Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia, will be there, together with an extensive Trade Village and themed food outlets.

The day will also celebrate the 26th anniversary of the UK’s first all-Italian car event, which moved to the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation 21 years ago. 

The event has evolved over the years and this time more space is being dedicated to Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis – a move made possible by the relocation of the Museum’s Concorde last summer. The Lamborghini display will have Concorde as a stunning back drop, with Ferraris and Maseratis in prime positions in the Motoring Village and outer paddock.

The inner paddock in front of the clubhouse will be reserved for especially rare and interesting cars. Steve Gray from the Brooklands Motorworks will be displaying the unique AC 378 Zagato prototype as unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and visitors will also be able to see the only Maserati Bellagio in the UK. This bespoke estate car by Touring Superleggera is one of only five built and features in the next issue of Auto Italia.

The event gates open at 8.30am and the timetable includes an hour of demonstration runs for some very special cars on the Mercedes-Benz World handling circuit from noon, and a session on the famous Brooklands Test Hill in the afternoon. 

In addition to the visiting Italian beauties on show, all the usual museum displays including classic cars, motorcycles, aircraft and the London Bus Museum, will be open. 

Parking for Italian cars will be on the museum site with access from Brooklands Road, the B374, although owners are advised to arrive early to guarantee space. Parking for non-Italian cars will be in The Heights off Wellington Way and overflow parking for both Italian and non-Italian cars has been arranged at neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World – visitors are advised to follow event signage on the day.

Everybody is welcome to join the expected 5,000 visitors on the day. For full details visit www.brooklandsmuseum.com or telephone 01932 857381.

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