Feb 1st, saw us heading back to Brooklands for the Annual VSCC Driving Tests Day, where drivers in their pre-war cars have to negotiate various routes laid out, stopping at various places, swerving in and out of cones without hitting them all whilst being timed. A wide variety of machinery arrived to play, some more suitable than others for this type of discipline, but their respective drivers giving a spirited display of driving.
First port of call for all drivers and machinery is Scrutineering.
All lined up and raring to go!
Timeless isn't it?
With chain drive, no rear diff and a huge amount of skill you end up driving like this. Car control this chap had was breathtaking at times.
On the greasy surface the drivers had to be very careful that they didn't start sliding where they didn't ought to!
All very casual this one handed driving technique you may think, but that hand is for holding on!
Two wheels at the front and only one driving at the rear made things a bit lively!
One of the more unusual tests was this one where competitors had to drive around the Christmas Tree in a circle, whist keeping the attached string taught enough to stop the suspended duck from dropping to the ground, but not too tight and pulling the tree over!
With any old machinery there is always some tinkering required to get them running as they should.
Patiently contemplating the ascent of the Test Hill.
One of the more upright competitors, a world away from some of the more low slung machinery in the other classes.
It might be my eyes playing tricks, but I am sure that spare wheel is bigger than the ones fitted to the car.
These cars always look so right up on parts of the original banking.
Notice the copious amounts of clothing everyone is wearing as it was seriously cold.
Warm hats were the order of the day, and I started to notice that the seriously stylish had matching hats and wheels.
Keeping up the colour matched wheels and hat scenario.
Please note the run over cone trapped under the front of this car.
How many men does it take to remove a cone from under a car? Five by the looks of it!
On such a cold day, huge respect and thanks must go out to the volunteer marshalls who still managed be in good humour, even when frozen through!
Once again, another great event at Brooklands Museum, and thanks must go to the VSCC for putting the event on.