Brooklands races into 2016 with New Year’s Day Gathering

BROOKLANDS began 2016 in top gear with motor enthusiasts from across the county and further afield descending on the museum for the annual New Year’s Day Gathering.

A vast collection of vintage vehicles from down the ages (pre-1973) rolled through the gates at the home of British motorsport
on Friday, swiftly followed by an expectant crowd of all ages.

And there was added cause for celebration at this year’s installment, as 2016 marks 25 years since the museum opened at the race track – which itself was built in 1907.

Director Allan Winn said: “One of the best things about the New Year’s Day Gathering at Brooklands is the breadth and range of vehicles that join us, including classic and performance cars, historic commercial vehicles and motorbikes. You can see Austins and Fords alongside Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Ferraris, Routemaster buses, classic Minis and Porsches – everybody is welcome.”

With exhibits and displays lining the Paddock, Finishing Straight and steep Members’ Banking, it is estimated that 5,000 visitors dropped in on the first day of 2016; with a winter barbecue also on the event’s menu.

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