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Pocket Classics at Brooklands - 27th November 2010
Report from Tony Tucker                                                      

This was a late November surprise and something rather unusual! I received an invitation from Benja Hedley, who runs "Pocket Classics", to present my Speedster at Brooklands for the UK launch of his half-size classic car replicas.

 

Benja was showing off his petrol-engined Speedster and electrical-powered Jaguar E-Type to several motoring journalists and photographers and also, hopefully, a couple of potential clients. A full-sized Speedster alongside the miniature was just what he wanted.

 

I did not know what to expect from this excursion but, as Brooklands is only a short drive from my home and I always relish a visit to the iconic motor museum there, I was happy to join in the fun. Len Raynsford, who also lives within striking distance of the track, was keen to join me as co-driver, so we duly met up at 9.30 on a very chilly morning and headed out of the cold and into the restaurant for one of Len's trade-mark bacon sandwiches!

 

 

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It wasn't long before Benja arrived and introduced himself and his cars, a gunmetal Speedster and a bright red E-type, both beautifully crafted and (just about) driveable by a 6-ft tall adult. A top speed of over 40mph for the Speedster, which has 3 gears, plus reverse, was enough to ensure some lively excursions round the area in front of the evocative Brooklands clubhouse.

With a battery of zoom-lenses in our faces, Len and I both had the opportunity to drive the cars, as did Benja's girlfriend Vicky, who certainly was a more attractive prospect for the photographers than your intrepid Club members.

 

For those interested in the Pocket Classics range, other cars are the Mercedes 300L, Type 35 Bugatti and Jeep. Advertised as "the best toys in the world", the Speedster is the largest in the range, "suitable for ages 6 up to medium adults".

The car has a composite chassis and body shell, working lights, indicators and horn, disc brakes and Honda 110cc engine. They can be built to order in any colour combination required. Check out their website - www.pocketclassics.co.uk

An unusual, albeit rather chilly (actually *****y freezing), end to the season!

Tony

 

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