Review: Brooklands Austin Morris Day
This year’s celebration of Brit classics bristled with rarities, surprises, and lots of action
This was no static event. Many of the hundreds of cars present took part in a cavalcade on the test track at neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World.
The modern machinery normally screeching around the track was banished as classics ranging from Austin Somersets to Morris Tens took over.
The sight of an extremely rare BMC JU250 Cotswold-bodied camper cornering hard certainly stuck in the memory. It’s owned by Micky Pattinson and Claire Underwood from Windlesham. ‘It was in a terrible state when we first saw it. Several people said it couldn’t be done,’ Micky says.
One restoration later and the vehicle has toured Switzerland and even braved the Isle of Wight.
‘The vehicle only does around 20mpg but we’ve met so many wonderful people that we can forgive it,’ said Mickey. ‘It also puts smiles on a lot of faces.’
It’s not surprising for 18-yearolds to save up and buy their first car, but Will Edwards has certainly gone for something unexpected – a 1935 Morris 10/4!
Astonishingly, Will is not from a family of classic fanatics.
‘I have always loved engineering and pre-war cars are something special. I’d originally intended to go for an Austin Seven but then the Morris came up,’ he says.
‘I’ve only done 200 miles or so in it and I love driving the car. It’s fine around town but I wouldn’t go on the motorway. I’ve been around the car with a grease gun.’
Rarities also included the only known surviving Morris wartime ambulance. The CS11 ambulance is owned by Pete Gain, who finished the restoration two years ago. After demob, the vehicle served as a mobile shop.
Also present was the oldest known Austin Maxi 1750, a 1970 example owned by Martin Chamberlain, and an unforgettable Austin Allegro pick-up!
Bad weather unfortunately forced the last-minute cancellation of the planned sprints up the Test Hill but 50 classics posed for the camera on a surviving stretch of the legendary Brooklands banking.
Brooklands spokesman Paul Stewart says: ‘In view of the weather we have done very well today. Thanks so much to everyone who took part.’
Give us a wave! Owners show off their cars for the official photoshoot on the legendary Brooklands banking.