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Rare cars bring Brooklands alive

Alex Pilkington in her 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750

Alex Pilkington in her 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750

 

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 29, 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.

This year, due to works on the Brooklands Aircraft Factory Project on and near the Finishing Straight of the Race Track, cars will also tackle tests on the Campbell Circuit at Mercedes-Benz World.

Entries include Alex Pilkington in her 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750, Peter Glover (past President of the VSCC, 2002-04), with his 1927 Alvis 12/50 TG Sports Tourer and Charlie Martin who, driving his 1931/35 Riley Special, comes to Brooklands after winning the VSCC Winter Driving Tests at Bicester Heritage last month.

Around 60 Pre-war cars have confirmed their attendance at the event with a host of classic marques on the entry list including Amilcar, Austin, Bugatti, Humber, Singer, Triumph, Trojan, Vauxhall and Wolseley.

Tests will run throughout the day, with a break for lunch and, while the cars may be cherished by their owners, one of the ethics of the VSCC is the belief that these cars were designed to be driven and pushed to the limits in a competitive spirit.

In addition, 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.

Visitors will be able to view for themselves progress on the Brooklands Aircraft Factory Project as the reconstruction of the Wellington Hangar has begun and the original Finishing Straight revealed, now that the hangar slab has been removed.

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.

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