The best way to start any year is with a trip to the Brooklands New Years Day Classic Car Meet.   Now that the finishing straight is clear of buildings there is a lot more room for cars to park, and it was more organised than in previous years.   There is still an eclectic mix of cars though, from shiny cars with six-figure values to the more prosaic, with lots in between.

One favourite for me was this lowered Austin Allegro estate.   It wasn’t shiny, and some of the bodywork joins clearly needed a bit of work, but it looked pretty unique.   It just shows that one doesn’t need to have an expensive old car to do something interesting with it.

Brooklands New Years Day 2018

Brooklands New Years Day 2018

I really hope that these two cars came together; they could have warned each other about the speed humps.

I also really liked this Pontiac Parisienne from 1964, the blue looked really good, and the car had a real presence.   The Parisienne at this point was a Canadian only car, although it looks like a car that could only be made in North America.

Brooklands New Years Day 2018

The interior continued the blue theme and looked pretty swish.   One can imagine wallowing along on a long drive in one of these, parking the thing at the end of the journey might have been a problem though.

Brooklands New Years Day 2018

Brooklands New Years Day 2018

This car also caught my eye, although I am not 100% sure what it is.   I think that it is an AMC Rambler but I could be wrong.   The patina really caught my eye, all protected with clear coat, the car looked really “lived-in” yet looked after at the same time.   Wouldn’t really be that suitable for wedding transport of course so I had better put any ideas to the back of my head.

Brooklands New Years Day 2018

Finally, I am contractually obliged to take a certain number of pictures of Volkswagen cars, so below are three, different shapes, and different approaches to looking after an old car.

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Next weekend there is a Bicester Sunday Scramble which I will be dragging my son to whilst taking him back to university, and then everything goes quiet again for a while.