Brooklands Museum, 15 July 2012
The inaugural Supercar Sunday gathering, organised by Ginger Beer Promotions, the owners of Auto Italia magazine, was held at the Brooklands Museum complex in Surrey, on Sunday 15 July. The weather gods smiled benignly on the event during a period of near incessant rain, as although there were intermittent heavy black clouds hovering overhead, the rain stayed away. Despite the vagaries of the weather leading up to the day, there was a strong turnout of machinery, with Ferraris being prominent in numbers. The event closely followed the successful format of the Italian Car Day at the same venue, featuring demonstration laps on the adjacent track at Mercedes-Benz World. This has proved very popular as visitors don’t just have a static display, but can see and hear the cars in action.
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Within the Ferrari contingent there was a trio of Barkaways restored cars, a 250 GT Lusso, s/n 5689 GT, a Dino 246 GT, s/n 01134, which had won its class at the Ferrari Owners’ Club Concours the previous weekend, and a 575 Superamerica, s/n 146052, which had taken the Best of Show award at the same event. Joe Macari Ferrari Maserati Service also brought a fine selection, including a black F50, s/n 106985, a black Enzo, s/n 137331, a beautiful white 458 Spider and a metallic blue and white Maserati MC12 road car. McLaren were present with a MP4-12C, AC Cars brought a stunning metallic blue example of their Zagato bodied 378 GT, and Mercedes-Benz displayed a couple of cars from their display at Mercedes-Benz World, one of which was a 300 SL “Gullwing”, whilst Ferrari North Europe loaned a FF as the safety car for the track runs.
It wasn’t only the trade that bought some exotica out, as private owners treated attendees to a further Enzo, a pair each of Ferrari 599 GTOs and F40s, a very rare Jaguar XJR15, an AC Cobra, an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, plus a wide variety of other modern Ferrari and Maserati models. Lamborghini were represented by an Espada, a Jarama S, a Gallardo, a Murcielago and an Aventador. If your taste was transatlantic, there was some American muscle in the form of a Ford GT, Mustangs old and new, plus Chevrolet Corvettes.
Keith Bluemel 07/2012.