Pick of the month New Year’s Day spe­cial!

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NEW YEAR’S DAY CLAS­SIC GATH­ER­ING 1 JAN­UARY

Brook­lands plays host to the UK’S big­gest New Year’s Day event for clas­sic cars, and of­fers the per­fect way to kick off 2019 in style. The 2018 edi­tion drew more than 1000 cars and nearly 6000 en­thu­si­asts to the his­toric Sur­rey cir­cuit, with ev­ery­thing from a slammed Austin Al­le­gro es­tate to a serene Rolls-royce Phan­tom VI on show. All are wel­come, whether driv­ing a clas­sic or not, and there are plenty of dis­trac­tions to take your mind off lin­ger­ing hang­overs, with club stands, live mu­sic and even a win­ter bar­be­cue. 01932 857381; www.brook­landsmu­seum.com

VIN­TAGE STONY

1 JAN­UARY

This friendly event in Stony Strat­ford near Mil­ton Keynes is now a fix­ture on the clas­sic-car cal­en­dar, and cel­e­brates its 10th run­ning this year. It was cer­tainly beloved of our late and much-missed chief sub ed­i­tor David Evans: there will be a minute’s noise this year to mark his pass­ing, and that of Barry ‘Whizzo’ Wil­liams. Pre-1940 cars and ’bikes take pride of place in the Mar­ket Square, but there’s plenty of room for post-war clas­sics, too. Many of the town’s pubs, cafés and res­tau­rants open for the event, and an awards cer­e­mony fur­ther adds to the fun. www.vin­tage­stony.co.uk

SUN­DAY SCRAM­BLE 6 JAN­UARY

If you’ve not yet ex­pe­ri­enced a Scram­ble at Bices­ter Her­itage, make it your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to do so in 2019. In just four years, these in­for­mal events have gone from cof­fee ’n’ cars af­fairs to an es­sen­tial gath­er­ing of thou­sands of en­thu­si­asts and var­ied ve­hi­cles. Any­thing goes – you’re just as likely to come across a Lamborghini 400GT as you are a Peu­geot 505 – and the Tech­ni­cal Site res­i­dents open up for more de­lights.

01869 327928; www.bices­ter­her­itage.co.uk

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