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New Year's Day Gathering

Brooklands Museum - 1st January 2016

I had been to the New Years Day Gathering serveral times before, but this is the first time I had taken the Speedster. It's only an hour and a quarter round the M25 and the weather was dry and not too cold. There was a long queue of classics waiting to get in soon after 8:30am and I was parked up by the Members' Club House.

Cars continueed to pour in all morning and soon the whole area in front of the old Club Buildings and the whole of the old banking was packed with thousands of pre-war and post-war classics and exotic motors.

This was the view from the Old Club House balcony at lunchtime. Cars were parked under aircraft wings and in every nook and cranny of the large site.

All the museums were open so there was even more to see, and it was possible to get a good breakfast or lunch, or both. I would recommend the Concorde Experience and I also enjoyed looking round the original Concorde Flight Simulator.

Some cars had travelled very long distances to attend the Gathering and began to set off for home in the early afternoon. I am told this was the most successful New Year's Day meeting yet in terms of sheer numbers and variety of cars.


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I'm sure the chap with the baby was wondering how he could convince his wife that the Speedster would make a perfect family car.

There were several lovely 356s on display and lots of early air-cooled Porsches.

Including this very nice early 911, one of dozens of nice Porsches.

There was lots of interest in my car and I met several enthusuasts who were thinking of building or buying a replica.

I left about 3 and enjoyed a cool journey home with the top down. If you are sober on New Year's morning and it is not actually raining or snowing - do make the effort to attend The Gathering - you won't regret it.

John Mercer

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