On the weekend of June 14 and 15th we headed down to Brooklands for the Double 12 event, which incorporated a Speed Trial, Driving Tests and a Concours. The weather could best be described as mixed, but on the whole was dry, which was good, particularly as we had a very severe thunderstorm in the early hours of Saturday morning.
We headed over to the Mercedes Benz World track when we arrived on the Saturday morning to have a stroll around the paddock for the Speed Trials, and as you can see, in the normal Brooklands tradition, the spectators could get up nice and close to inspect the machinery. The paddock still had a few largish puddles left by the overnight storm.
Racing boots getting an airing!
I did like the way the filler cap on the car mirrored the badge.
Out on the track the action began, and there really was some lovely old machinery being put through its paces.
Even the larger cars such as this Lagonda were being hustled through the course.
Absolutely stunning Alfa at Speed.
Even with two extra wheels at the back this potent MG still looked a handful.
Some of the entrants got a little out of shape and tried a bit of off-roading.
Not much sophistication, but I bet this is great fun to drive.
For those of you that want a bit more comfort, you can't beat a well upholstered seat to relax in, but don't be fooled, this is a very potent and quick machine.
From the lofty heights of the previous car to the rather lower ground hugging example we see here to illustrate the vast variety of machinery that took part.
This car had been Tangoed!
During the lunchbreak, we headed for a bit of shelter back at the Museum site to try and stay dry as this heavy shower appeared.
Of course the rain left some of the cars covered in lovely water droplets for us to photograph, that is until the owners got to work with their chamois leathers.
The Stunt Drive team then entertained us in front of the clubhouse, and showed us their fantastic car control as they slid their machines in all directions with inch perfect control.
They jumped into a normal Mini and demonstrated their parallel parking technique sliding it into a very tight space at speed as the next photos illustrate. The parking Mini is coming in at speed, sliding into the space virtually sideways on the right.
I began wincing at this point waiting for the bump.
But I needn't have worried as these boys can position a car at speed to the nearest half inch it seems. One of the most impressive demonstrations of car control I have every seen, to be honest.
The Concours element attracted some stunningly turned out machinery, as this immaculate Jaguar engine shows.
Whilst others went in for a more used, rustic, rusty look!
Super clean Super Snake! Made a lovely noise when started too!
One of the older cars on display showing its workmanlike engine.
A bonnet strap after the rain.
Lovely paintwork shows off the strap to good effect.
Believe it or not this is the bonnet of a DB7, a car that doesn't normally excite me too much but this one was a bit special.
Style galore with this lovely Bristol.
Buffed up Lea-Francis
A piece of Brooklands aviation heritage reflected in the mirror.
A car that really caught me eye was this pristine example of a Jensen-Ford. More of which can be seen in the next two photos.
Just to keep you on your toes try and work out this visual puzzle!
Just to prove the Jensen part of the car.
A coupe take a stroll along the historic banking.
Loved this small bear taking a ride on the bus.
If steam power is your thing then Whistling Billy was there, and as you can see by the blistered paint, does tend to get a bit hot.
The Driving Tests took place all over the Museum site on the Sunday, and this one was right in front of the Club House. As can be seen by the smoking back tyres, spirited driving was encouraged by an appreciative round of applause from the crowd.
If you want a low slung car then this is the one for you!
A stylish car driven by an equally stylish driver.
When Le Mans cars were pure of line.
Underneath this immaculate bonnet lurks a mighty 27ltr Merlin engine.
The Merlin powered Handlye Special proved a little cumbersome in the Driving Tests due to its size.
However when the Handlye Special was given the straight Test Hill to climb, it did so with tyre smoking gusto, as the rear tyres soon ran out of grip when the loud pedal was pressed.
Another great weekend at Brooklands, some fantastic cars, plenty of spirited driving and the opportunity to get up close to have a good look at the machinery made it an unforgettable couple of days. Many thanks to all the hard working marshalls and Brooklands staff who made it all possible. Can't wait for Double 12, 2015.