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Auto Italia Italian Car Day ... at a virtually complete museum complex refurbishment

Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior

Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior


Brooklands, 05 May, 2018

The annual Auto Italia magazine Italian Car Day at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey was held on Saturday 05 May. The museum complex refurbishment, that has created a building site environment at recent events on the site, is now virtually complete, so provides a much more congenial atmosphere. Cloudless clear blue skies and high ambient temperatures brought the crowds in their droves, for what is always an interesting day with a relaxed atmosphere. In fact, it was so popular that demand overwhelmed supply, as by lunchtime they had run out of entry wristbands, and the queues for food, drink and ice cream were rather lengthy.

The event followed its regular well established format of static displays, predominantly by marque, around the museum buildings and on the old circuit banking, with test runs on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World track in the morning, and runs up the old test hill during the afternoon. The gathering always attracts a wide selection of Italian machinery of both the two and four wheel types, from high end supercars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis, to the originally utilitarian Fiat 500, which are now super chic. 

The ages ranged from a pair of pre-war Lancias to the limited edition Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta, resplendent in metallic red with blue and white stripes, which attracted much admiring attention, plus at least two Ferrari 488 Spiders and a pair of lurid orange Lamborghini Huracan Performantes. Apart from all the individual and various club car and motorcycle displays, there were also a number of specialist dealers and workshops with feature displays, like Barkaways, GVE London and Rardley Motors, together with a number of vendors with a wide array of offerings. Part of the Barkaways display was the owner’s Ferrari 308 GTS bare shell, which is an ongoing restoration feature on their website, explaining just what goes into a full bare metal restoration. If you wanted something non Italian then within the general entry fee one could also visit the various museum buildings, which house a varied selection of cars, motorcycles and aircraft, or the London Bus Museum, the outside aircraft exhibits, including the Concorde Experience for a supplement, or the 4D Theatre, also at a small supplement to the entrance fee. 


Keith Bluemel