Brook­lands Au­tumn Mo­tor­sport Day

Noisy track demon­stra­tions and Test Hill as­cents bring the clas­sic fans over to Brook­lands

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Simis­ter

’Not ev­ery­one made it round in one piece, as the stock car en­trants found’

Adeci­bel-rich blend of on-track ac­tion, au­totests and engine demon­stra­tions helped make Brook­lands’ cel­e­bra­tion of his­toric mo­tor­sport a hit with clas­sic fans.

More than 250 clas­sics took part in the one-day event, and while there were static club dis­plays around the mu­seum’s grounds – in­clud­ing im­pres­sive dis­plays from the Alfa Romeo Own­ers’ Club, Droop Snoot Group and TVR Car Club – the main fo­cus was firmly on the demon­stra­tions of his­toric race and rally cars.

The han­dling cir­cuit at the neigh­bour­ing Mercedes-Benz World was used for a se­ries of in­creas­ingly side­ways track demon­stra­tions – al­though not ev­ery­one made it around in one piece, as the stock car en­trants dis­cov­ered – and clas­sic own­ers pit­ted their ve­hi­cles against the site’s gru­elling Test Hill. Brook­lands also used the event to demon­strate some of the jewels from its own col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing the 1933 Napier-Rail­ton, driven by mu­seum di­rec­tor Al­lan Winn.

It’s an event that feels no­tice­ably busier than its in­cep­tion six years ago, with more than 2500 clas­sic fans turn­ing up to see this year’s track demos and au­totests. Brook­lands’ next his­toric car gath­er­ing is its Au­tumn Clas­sic Break­fast on Sun­day 29 Oc­to­ber.

Dave Nay­lor’s 1933 MG L2 leads John Den­nis’s 1907 Ber­liet – one of the event’s old­est en­trants – and Colin Reynolds’ 1930 MG M-type.

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