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Brooklands beckons for Morris and Austin owners and fans

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THE annual Morris and Austin Day features beautiful cars, ascents up the Test Hill and a cavalcade at Brooklands Museum on March 10.

Now in its 20th year, this popular event pays homage to some of the best loved cars and commercial vehicles from the golden age of motoring.

The historic site at Brooklands will be put to full use as all types of Morris and Austin vehicles attempt to ascend the famous Test Hill, park up on the Finishing Straight and fill the Paddock, Motoring Village and every other available space.

Well over 100 vehicles turn up to this spectacular day which sees hordes of Morris Eights, Minors, Travellers and Tourers, vans and pick-ups congregating on every available inch of space at the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation.

The breathtaking variety of vehicles is what makes this event unmissable as it also welcomes stunning examples of the Austin Seven, Ten and other pre-war saloons as well as some other unusual variants including a wartime Austin K2 ambulance. At the opposite end of the scale will be some Mini Mokes.

All drivers and passengers arriving in Morris or Austin vehicles at the Campbell entrance off Brooklands Road (the B374) will receive a discount of £1. Parking for visitors in non-Morris or Austin vehicles will be in the main visitor car park at Mercedes-Benz World and in The Heights off Wellington Way, with normal Museum admission prices applying.

Some of the vehicles expected to attend include:

Austin: Seven, Ten & other pre-war saloons; Austin A30/A35 saloons & vans; Austin A40; Austin A50/A55/A60 saloons & Light Commercials; Austin Healey; Austin Mini – all types, including Mini Cooper; Austin 1100; Austin Princess; Austin 101, LC/LD & other post-war Austin commercials.

Morris: Bullnose, Eight, Ten & other pre-war saloons; 10 Tourer; wartime Morris military vehicles; Morris Commercials – including pre-war examples; Morris Marina; Morris Mini; Morris Minor 1000 Convertibles/Light Commercial Vehicles/saloons/Travellers; Morris Isis & Oxford; Morris 1100; Morris ‘J’ Type, LC/LD & other post-war Morris commercials; Mini Mokes.

The cavalcade will assemble on the iconic Members’ Banking lining the historic race track seven or eight deep stretching from just beneath the Members’ Bridge and back towards the return road from Test Hill. This provides one of the best photographic opportunities of the day so there will be a scramble to get the best view.

And as on every event day at Brooklands, the Motoring Village, Aircraft Park, London Bus Museum, Sunbeam Café, soft play area and Museum Shop will all be open, making the usual admission price even better value for money. For a small supplement, the excellent Concorde Experience is a virtual must-see that lifts the lid on supersonic travel: booking on arrival for this attraction is recommended as demand will be high on this special day.

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