On the weekend of June 13th & 14th, Brooklands Museum hosted their annual Double 12 event. An event steeped in automotive history, it being a pre-war 24 hour race, done on two 12 hour shifts as the residents of Weybridge objected to noisy cars racing during the night! This modern interpretation consists of three elements, a sprint on the MB World track, driving tests on the museum sight and a concourse. Not only this but there are various other attractions throughout the weekend to keep you entertained.
First port of call on Saturday morning, was at the MB World track for the VSCC sprint, and a look around the paddock as the drivers went through there final preparations. Obviously directions were the order of the day.
Last minute tinkering, on this absolutely immaculate Wolseley.
Push starting was a recurring theme in the paddock, as these honed racing machines were coaxed into life.
No shortage of 'pushers'.
Strange place for cup holders!
Bonnets up, tinkering going on.
Picking these louvers out in red paint kept somebody busy for a long time.
Pre-visualising the lap ahead, or quick snooze after a hearty lunch?
Built for speed!
One of the larger competing cars.
Brown and cream MG.
I wonder how many mph that extended tail adds?
Pushing on around the circuit, the cars may be old but these people don't hang around.
Possibly the car with the shortest bodywork.
Even the ice cream van was a bit racy, check out those alloys, complete with Ferrari badge.
After viewing the fun on the circuit for a few hours I wandered back to the Museum site to see what was on show. Here we have one of the newer models on display.
A handful of E-Types.
Super shiny Aston Martin posing in front of the buildings.
As if the music of the cars engines wasn't enough to please your ears, the jazz band struck up and gave us a few songs throughout the weekend to entertain us.
This chap obviously has a very big car to cart his instrument around!
Driver didn't say much, just barked his instructions to us!
A Tiger under the bonnet.
Back we came the next day, to find the Napier-Railton relaxing in front of the BP garage, in all its glory.
Racer lurking under cover.
We had a little bit of rain on the Sunday, much to the car owner's disgust, but to the delight of the photographers among us.
I managed to get a few shots before the chamois army came out to play!
Aston in the rain.
The Driving Tests took place at various places around the site.
As you can see, one of the delights of Brooklands is just how close you can get to the action.
Looking all the better for being suitably attired.
Many coloured queue.
Then we headed back to MB World for the non competitive display of cars, all suitably captured by this picture taking entrant.
Alpine looking glorious in yellow.
I did tell him that sticking his head out of the sunroof, would do his hairstyle no favours at all, but he didn't listen!
Truly fast, and very furious, the 6R4 could well be described as one of the more challenging cars to drive.
The demonstration was rounded off by a show from the Silver Arrows driving team on the skid pan.
Then we had some action on the Test Hill.
Making light work of the increasingly steep slope.
At the top of the hill, Brooklands Motor Co had very generously thrown it's doors open to visitors.
And what a truly unbelievable sight we found inside. Sure to leave you speechless.
All too soon the event was drawing to a close, as exhibits were pushed back into place in the Museum while we made our way back to the car park.
Many thanks to all those people who helped make this event so good! Looking forward to next year's event.