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Vintage sports cars bring Brooklands alive

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THE 32 acres of Brooklands Museum, on the site of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, will come alive with high-octane action on Sunday January 31, when the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) takes centre stage for its annual New Year Driving Tests competition.

Visitors will be treated to the sights and sounds of dozens of pre-war cars tackling a range of driving tests against the clock, designed to challenge both cars and drivers to the extreme.

Iconic areas such as Test Hill, the Finishing Straight and Members’ Banking will show no mercy as the vehicles and their drivers are put through their paces.

Entries include a Frazer Nash Falcon TT Replica from VSCC regular Mark Ballard, a 1924 Bugatti T13 Brescia piloted by Edmund Burgess and rising star Madeleine Rose – one of the youngest entrants at 18 – who will be putting her Austin 7 Saloon through its paces.

Tests will run throughout the day, with a break for lunch, with competing cars carrying great names like MG, Singer and Riley. They may be cherished by their owners but one ethic of the VSCC is that these cars were designed to be driven and pushed to the limits in a competitive spirit.

The Paddock, Motoring Village and areas surrounding the 1907 Clubhouse will provide an evocative setting for a fine display of visiting pre-war vehicles of all shapes and sizes from mighty Bentleys to tiny but sporty Austin 7s.

Together with the Museum’s world-class collections of classic cars and aircraft, the Concorde Experience and 4D Theatre, and the London Bus Museum, this will be the perfect family day out with plenty to see and do – including a refuel in the Sunbeam Café and a visit to the Museum Shop for a souvenir.

Normal admission prices to the Museum apply: Adults £11, Seniors £10, Children £6, Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £30. The Concorde Experience is £5 for Adults and £3 for Children, the 4D Theatre is £4 for Adults and £2 for Children per ride.

Anyone arriving in a pre-war vehicle will be able to enter via the Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road and be parked up on site. Parking for visitors arriving in non-vintage vehicles will be in The Heights off Wellington Way. All event details and directions can be found on the Museum’s main website http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com.

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