Brooklands Autumn Motorsport Day
Noisy track demonstrations and Test Hill ascents bring the classic fans over to Brooklands
’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.