Clubs & Events

Great shows that serve up a clas­sic blow-out

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Plan your Christ­mas and New Year’s days out with PC’S fes­tive guide.

If all of the drink­ing and eat­ing gets a bit much over Christ­mas and the New Year, sal­va­tion is at hand thanks to a raft of clas­sic car meets tak­ing place over the fes­tive pe­riod.

The big­gest is at Brook­lands, Sur­rey (brook­landsmu­seum.com). The his­toric venue’s Paul Ste­wart com­ments: ‘In pre­vi­ous years more than 1500 clas­sics have gath­ered from all over, with un­par­al­leled va­ri­ety. There will be a win­ter BBQ and all the ex­hi­bi­tions will be open in­clud­ing the air­craft fac­tory and flight shed.’

To ac­com­mo­date the huge num­bers of mo­tor­cy­cles, trucks, hot rods and clas­sics ex­pected, ve­hi­cles will spread to the air­craft park where the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion of Vick­ers-built air­craft will be open for vis­i­tors. The gates open at 9am and vis­i­tors have the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence three sim­u­la­tor rides in the state-of-the-art 4D the­atre. For chil­dren, the Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre and soft play area in­side the Sun­beam Café will be open.

On Box­ing Day Steve Bid­dle­combe will be run­ning his usual meet in Rom­sey (Hants) town cen­tre for pre-1976 clas­sics (pre-1986 for US cars). Says Steve: ‘The event has run since 2002 and although it’s free to en­ter, it’s a char­ity fund raiser with tens of thou­sands raised so far.

‘Sadly, this could be the last event as we might not be able to use the largest part of the site next year, so I’d like to go out on a high, in case it is the last.’

See rom­s­ey­clas­sic carand­bike­meet.co.uk for up­dates. Check the di­ary sec­tion, too, for a com­plete list of fes­tive clas­sic car meets.

As we went to press, how­ever, we were still await­ing for con­fir­ma­tion of whether the Lake­land and Bournemouth meets would take place. So please keep an eye on their re­spec­tive web­sites for up­dates nearer the time.

Santa’s com­ing to Brook­lands.

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