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    Cool Supercar Day at Brooklands

    This Sunday, any Novas going?

    The Blue Nova, Lotus engined was the star of the show for me a few years back and I think
    Lauren's was there another year. It's a great event, here's the link...

    https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/supercar-Day

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    Hi NN - I contacted John Rand (owner of the blue Lotus twincam Nova) and unfortunately he will not be able to make it this year. However, he told me in no uncertain terms to go for it and so that is my plan. I have taken the Green Machine to Auto Italia several times but not Supercar Sunday before. John assures me I will get a warm welcome, so fingers crossed.

    I guess I will see you there?

    Lauren
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    Excellent Lauren! Go for it!! .... and please come back with some photos and videos (if possible)
    Alistair

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    Yes I'll be there, and the weather looks good!

    Although it's a supercar day, there are a lot of cars there that I would question whether
    they are supercars, the Nova won't be swamped by Veyrons!

    Nova's rarer anyway

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    Very true - and according to the Brooklands site, entry is for supercars and classics via the Campbell gate, so I should be able to conform to one or the other

    It's all very subjective anyway - 40 years ago a Lotus Europa would have been considered a supercar, with a 1600cc 4-cylinder engine out of a Renault 16...
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    Supercar Sunday, Brooklands July 14th

    This was a bit of a mission for me. As far as the event itself was concerned, I would have been happy to take it or leave it, but having missed out on Auto Italia earlier in the year I didn’t want to miss any more opportunities to get to get out in the Green Machine.

    There was however, a slight problem – following the Deer’s Hut show a couple of weeks ago I had changed the camshaft timing belts and replaced the idler pulleys, and while I was at it I stripped and rebuilt the carburettors. On Friday the carbs were back on the engine, but when I fired it up only the RH cylinder bank would tune up – there was clearly a big problem somewhere. So I only had Saturday afternoon to diagnose the fault (a massive air leak at the base of the LH carb), fix it and spruce the car up ready for the next day.

    You can therefore imagine that I set off on Sunday morning with a certain amount of trepidation, which was not helped by poor pickup from idle, a persistent misfire that became more apparent at speeds above 60 mph and a fat dollop of rain just to the North of Guildford…

    Nevertheless, I arrived at Brooklands shortly after 9:00 am in bright sunshine and after paying a measly £2.50 I was in! A very helpful marshal put me at the end of a row so that the car would be visible to anyone heading up the start/finish straight up to the banking…



















    As for the rest of the show, I must admit to being slightly disappointed. Usually the supercar premise has brought in some great cars, like the “Twiggy” Miura or LP5000 Countach, Maserati Ghibli or the ground-pounding DeTomaso Pantera GT5. This time nearly all the cars present had taken the theme altogether too literally and all I could see were serried ranks of late-plate Porkers, Audi R8s, 599 Fezzas and Huracans, not my cup of tea at all!

    There were one or two classics to brighten my day however…



    ...Like this S1 Lotus Esprit, complete with green and tartan interior, absolutely fabulous, unlike the S2 Turbo next door, with its bigger bumpers, wider tyres, louvres and air scoops and worst of all, ruched leather interior!!!



    Majestic, but hardly supercar material…






    OK, so it looks like a GT40, and someone has even gone to the trouble of buying an age-related plate with a reference to Ford Advanced Vehicle division. Judging by the cars prominent position in front of the clubhouse, all this effort has clearly paid off. However, under the rear clamshell resides the unmistakable ribbed casting that is the Renault 30 transaxle, and modern Willwood calipers lurk beneath those period BRM alloys. It’s a GTD40 of course…



    A study in schnozzles – S1 and S2 Esprit, Alfa 8C…



    My favourite supersonic airliner framing my favourite subsonic airliner



    Series 2 Jensen Interceptor…



    Aston DB5…



    Mk1 Escort RS. At least this one had retained its original Pinto engine, unlike the one behind…



    Nice colour, but the LCD graphics just look like a gaming console display to me. I guess that is what the internet generation wants

    By 1:30 pm I was so bored I decided not to bother with the Test Hill and went home. Fortunately the trip back was less eventful than the journey there, but there is still a bit of tweaking to do before I can get back to regular use.

    I summary then, not a bad show if your taste runs to mainly modern machinery, and worth the trip out to get some pictures of the car in some sunshine for a change. Also good to meet Nova Newbie and the many curious passers-by who had never heard of, let alone seen a Nova!

    Lauren
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    Good to meet you too Lauren- it was a quiet day which I can only assume was because of all
    the sports events happening.

    Again yours was the best of show, when I was standing next to it the reactions I heard were ...
    Lambo innit?
    Maserati I think?

    2 kids, " what's happened to the roof (when up) has it crashed?
    It's very Space 1999 (that's more like it!)
    Is it rare? Me, "yep, you'll never see one again"

    I paid 17 quid to get in by the way! Went home and looked at my Nova- hmm there's work to be done...

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    Quote Originally Posted by novanewbie17 View Post
    Good to meet you too Lauren- it was a quiet day which I can only assume was because of all
    the sports events happening.

    I paid 17 quid to get in by the way! Went home and looked at my Nova- hmm there's work to be done...
    I guess you are right, I managed to get home just as Hamilton cruised over the line but I guess most sports fans would have wanted to see the whole race (which from what I can gather was quite exciting, for a change).

    Well, you certainly seem to be making good progress, so hopefully it won't be too long before you are wowing the crowds in your car! This time next year, I think you said

    I love Brooklands, it is such a great venue and only 34.7 miles away according to Google maps (and my odometer, which I was able to check on the way there), so becoming a BTM member made a lot of sense - I have already had my Auto Italia gate fee refunded (£20), done Mopars at Brooklands for free and Supercar Sunday for £2.50, so my £42 membership fee has pretty much paid for itself already, and I am hoping to do quite a few more events this year.
    only Pythagoras can save me now!

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    Lauren, the Green Machine looks perfectly at home with these other cars ... In fact, she looks better than many! Well done for making the trip so soon after working on the engine!
    Alistair

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    Thanks Alistair - I must admit it was a bit nerve-racking but I would have been kicking myself if I hadn't gone. It was a worthwhile exercise if only to collect calibration data for the Nav computer (unlike the speedo, the Nav odometer is waaaaay off, about 40% optimistic in fact, hence my average fuel consumption of 63 mpg!), and to experience the Hindhead tunnel with the full night vision instrumentation package in operation - very nice!

    Lauren
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