2011 Club Events
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Brooklands Auto/Aero Jumble - 31st July 2011
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Phew, what a scorcher! Red-hot sunshine for this event at the evocative Brooklands racetrack, with its unique place in the history of motor sport one of the greatest settings imaginable for a Speedster line-up. I was already getting sunburned driving to the show at 8am!
Nine Speedsters arrived for the day, an excellent turnout, even if was two less than expected after a couple of unavoidable last minute cancellations. The club had pride of place in front of the iconic Brooklands clubhouse, surrounded by a variety of other fine cars, including pre-war classics from manufacturers such as Vauxhall, Riley, Morgan, Aston Martin, Wolseley and Alvis, among many others.
Personal favourites were a delightful burgundy 1933 MG L Magna and an absolutely immaculate blue Ferrari 330. Peter Fenn, unable to attend the event, would have enjoyed the Teal “Bugatti”, which would have reminded him of the car that he once owned.
The auto-jumble had a wide variety of parts, accessories, models and books on offer and it was no surprise to see club administrator Rob Jones buy a comprehensive book on the Chevrolet Corvette, given his recent acquisition of a chrome-laden red and white 1958 model to add to his growing collection of motors!
Simon Hambly performed his usual scrutiny of all the many stalls around the show and returned to his car with several bags which suggested that he had, as usual, been unable to resist adding to his large collection of spares. Having spent much of the last year or more working on his split-screen VW camper van, Simon remembered that he still owns a Speedster and brought it along to the show!
New member Ian Berry made his first appearance, with his recently-acquired Speedster, built from a Chesil kit, but reminiscent in style of the late-lamented Studio G Speedster 2 cars. Ian actually uses the car on a regular basis to drive to Brands Hatch, where he works.
The relative quiet of Brooklands was shattered by the sound of a Sopwith Camel being started up, which reminded us that this is an aircraft, as well as a motor museum, and our entry tickets entitled us to a full exploration of all the display sheds, where there is the most wonderful collection of motor cycles, historic cars, grand prix racers and F1 simulator, as well as a wide variety of some of the most celebrated aircraft from the First World War through to Concorde.
As this event coincided with my own 40th wedding anniversary, I felt obliged to depart in mid-afternoon, heroically sacrificing the last couple of hours of the show in order to get home for anniversary celebrations!
Quite apart from the show, this Brooklands event, like Stonor Park but for different reasons, benefits from its superb location and is one not to be missed.
Let’s hope the weather is as good next year and, for that matter, at Cranleigh in a couple of weeks’ time (I still have free tickets for anyone wanting to attend just email me, as per details on website).
Tony Tucker - Events Co-ordinator