Re­view: Brook­lands Austin Morris Day

This year’s cel­e­bra­tion of Brit clas­sics bris­tled with rar­i­ties, sur­prises, and lots of ac­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

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.

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