The New Year Driving Tests - Brooklands Museum, Surrey
Brooklands is the perfect setting for our cars, so why not brush of the winter cobwebs and make a trip to the England's most historically important motoring venue? The Museum will be open and has some new automotive exotica on show. As last year, we will try to park spectating pre-war cars in the Paddock, so there is a good display for spectators.
When09 January 2011 
WhereBrooklands Museum



Its only the second weekend of the new year, but already the Vintage Sports-Car Club are back in action. On Sunday over 50 Pre-war cars will be competing on the historic Brooklands site in Surrey at the New Year Driving Tests. Competitors will be challenged over 12 tests laid out across the site including the famous Test Hill and parts of the remaining banked circuit. The tests will challenge man and machine in feats of acceleration, braking, manoeuvrability and human brain power!

Spectators are welcome to come and enjoy the action which gets underway from 10.00am with a break for lunch from 12.45pm, tests resume at 1.45pm and close at 4.00pm. A wide spread of cars will be in action; from Edwardians to late an 1930s sports-cars. Andrew Howe-Davies’s SCAT Racer from 1911 is the oldest vehicle in action. Austin 7s are one of the most favoured vehicles for driving test events thanks to their speed and ability to turn on a sixpence. No less than twenty-one Austin 7s in various guises will be competing; many driven by young members.


Edmund Burgess and David Marsh will be head to head in their Bugatti Brescias. Flying the Frazer Nash flag are James Baxter, David Knight and Mark Ballard, driving Super Sports and TT models. Riley are well supported with 10 representations from the marquee. Husband and wife, John and Fabienne Muschamp share their 1939 Frazer Nash/BMW 328 Sports.


The Bluebird tea rooms will be open all day for hot and cold refreshments, so to is the Brooklands museum so visitors can enjoy a little warmth viewing the aero and motor displays. Entry for non-members is £9 per person, there is a £1 discount for VSCC members on production of their membership card. There are discounts available for seniors/students and children aged 6-16. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costs £22 for VSCC members and £25 for non-members. Children under 5 are free.


Brooklands is just off the A3 in Surrey. Take junction 10 off the M25 signposted Weybridge, follow the A3 north and come off at the next slip road signposted Weybridge. Drive past Silvermere Golf Club, at the next roundabout take the second exit onto the Brooklands Road (B374) and follow sign posts to the museum.