We thought that we would try a different venue this weekend as an excuse to meet up and walk around lovely old cars. Goodwood has cancelled the last two breakfast clubs this year and we were concerned that we might be facing a long winter without a meetup.
Brooklands, near Weybridge in Surrey, runs a few breakfast clubs a year, they are not themed like those at Goodwood, and drivers of old cars can just park anywhere on the site. It’s also quite a bit nearer so one does not have to get up so early to get there.
I haven’t been to Brooklands since they opened up a section of the finishing straight, so from the banking you can now see the paddock area without a hanger being in the way. The hanger has been moved. It gives a fresh perspective on what the circuit looked like when it was in use, even though there is no more of the circuit there than there was before. This panoramic shot gives a little idea of the view from the banking looking down the finishing straight.
The event is less crowded and a bit more eclectic than Goodwood; you just turn up and if you are in an old car you are directed one way,with more modern cars parking somewhere else. I took our Beetle,so was directed to the front of the clubhouse to park. I followed in three convertibles from the seventies, one was a very tasty Lotus Elan. Obviously they had all lowered their roofs in that masochistic way that owners of convertibles have when it is not particularly warm and there is a fair amount of rain around.
This is only a small number of he cars on the site, the Bentley in the foreground d was very nice, it was clearly looked after but was not a garage queen. I really liked this Alfa GT that was parked in front of the office as well. Sadly these are now a long way out of my price range.
This Datsun 1600 Fairlady is a new car on me. It sounded pretty nice on start up as well, not the most powerful car around but one that looked like you could have a lot of fun in. The wood steering wheel complete with old style Datsun badge looked the part as well.
You’ll notice that this car had also been driven in with it’s roof down.
There are lots of old buildings around the site, and old cars parked outside them look in period. I’m not sure what the collective noun for a group of old Triumph TRs of various types but they looked pretty good parked in a row.
Obviously I am drawn to the Volkswagens in any collection of old cars and there were a few lovely ones to look at. This split screen looked really nice, as stock as any car of this age can be. The detailing around the two different colours looked fantastic.
Finally there was this 1966 Beetle. It was riding quite low, but the thing that caught my eye was the Firestone air cooler bolted on the side. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before but the power of the internet explained what they are and how they worked. Apparently they were quite popular in the drier and hotter US states before air conditioning became a standard fit. It really made the car stand out and gave it a lot of individuality. The roof rack looked cool too. Unfortunately I was so excited by the air cooler that I forgot to take a proper picture of the car; I guess I’ll have to hope it’s there again next year.
I think its safe to say that this event is going to become a regular. The history of the place is great, there are lots of cars and the breakfast is not bad either!