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    Autumn Motorsport Day at Brooklands

    Another popular event at Brooklands, organised by the man behind Auto Italia (as is the Supercar day I attended earlier in the year). Unfortunately the weather gods were not good to us again, which dissuaded some of the visitors but worse still some of the exhibitors as well


    Still, as with the Supercar day I only had to pay £2.50 to get in, so it was a no-brainer, in spite of the gloomy weather forecast. The initial run to Brooklands was fine, and the rain held off for the first hour or so. Once on site, I was directed to the “motoring village”, which seems to be the place were all the uncategorised (or uncategorisable) cars are sent. This in spite of me telling the marshal that the Nova does have some competition history (not much I grant you, but some history nonetheless).


    So I found myself parked next to some sport coupe that was for sale, a couple of American pickups, a Morris Minor (woody), an Escort Mk1 Mexico (replica probably) and an early Lotus Elan. Still, the “motoring village” is on one of the two main routes into the museum, so the car started attracting attention quite early on…











    So what else was about to tickle the automotive taste buds? Well, the first thing that I spotted in front of the clubhouse was Matt Hollingsworth’s Sam Posey Trans-Am Challenger tribute, in its authentic Dodge “Sub Lime” green…





    Obviously the ride height is a bit higher than the racing car and the donor came with a factory steel sunroof, but apart from that it looks pretty convincing…


    Apart from the Lancia Delta next door there was suprisingly little else in the clubhouse area, apart from this lone Dallara spider…





    Now I’ve seen this on new Top Gear so I know it is insanely fast and powered by a lowly Ford 4-cylinder, but what I hadn’t appreciated was the size and depth of the venturi tunnels – no wonder this car has so much downforce!


    Of course part of this performance advantage comes from being very light, in this case too light to bother with weather equipment, which was to prove a problem later…


    Outside the “Aircraft Factory” hanger I found Ted Pearson, queuing up for the action on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World track. This time Ted had brought along his beautifully-prepared trackday Alfasud, in green of course





    Lovely. What else – the guy that brought the tiny Lombardi sports car to Auto Italia brought his other car this time…





    ...And the Fiat 500 with the Alfa 33 running gear was there as well…





    Outrageous. What else? Well, I wondered up to the top of the banking an spotted this tasty Porsche 912 amongst a sea of bland GT2s…





    ...And coming back down the hill, a blast from the Vauxhall past – first, this very tidy HB Viva GT…








    Very Shaw & Kilburn/Gerry Marshall I think you will agree. And further along the same row…








    A Snoop Droot, looking fabulous in factory Silver Starfire paint. This particular example sports afterrmarket headlamp lens/reflectors, as the original Cibies in serviceable condition are getting very hard to get hold of now. A bit like Alfasud and GTV headlights really…


    At the bottom of the hill was Ferrari corner, where I saw this nice example of the 512BB…





    I’m pretty sure I saw this the day before leaving Dunsfold. Maybe doing a future episode of Top Gear? Alas, no time to speculate, the cars are forming up for the track, and the rain is coming down harder than ever – time to relocate to the capacious rain canopy afforded by Concorde’s massive delta wings and watch the increasingly soggy parade go by…





    Barwell Motorsport Huracan…





    Ted’s Alfasud…





    Blower Bentley (note rain gear)…





    Wicked ‘72 Aston DBS V8, ex-Tony Jardine apparently…





    Seems like only yesterday… in this case, it was only yesterday that I saw the Napier Railton run at Dunsfold…


    I didn’t go over to M-B World to watch the track action, as my 18-55 kit lens would have shown precisely nothing. What glimpses I did catch were of a lot of spray and some cautious driving by most, with the exception of the Barwell Lamborghinis, who seemed to be treating it as a test day and were howling around overtaking pretty much everything in sight.


    After the track action was over the cars reformed in front of the clubhouse…





    Noisy…





    Beautifully prepared…





    Beautifully original…





    Driven all the way from Somerset to be here today


    So that was it. The rain abated, but most of the visitors and quite a few exhibitors had been driven away by then, and there was some doubt as to whether the test hill would run at all, given the conditions. So I went home as well. But as I was preparing to leave some teenagers stopped by the Nova and exclaimed “it looks like a spaceship”, which given the level of sophistication in modern cars today (particularly dashboard displays) was the biggest single compliment I could hope to receive. Thanks guys, you made it all worthwhile!


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    Obviously your car is the star of the show ;-)
    the HB Viva styling has stood the test of time and the Dallara looks awesome.
    Loved the souped-up Fiat 500.

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    Another great outing to let the public enjoy the Green Machine, Lauren

    Interesting that the teenagers thought she looked like a spacecraft ... you should have told them that she’s driven by Captain Spacenut!

    It’s great to see folk so keenly interested in a Nova ... the guy in the orange jacket taking a photo of the front and then trying to climb in the back between the louvres!

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    Some great photos there Lauren. The droop snoot firenza is one of my favourites. Year ago a neighbour of mine had one and took me for a run. I couldn't believe how quick it was (though probably actualy fairly tame by todays standards), it left a lasting impression and I very nearly bought a second hand droop snoot magnum (which is an estate car version) back in the day.

    However, the star of the show must surely have been the green machine?
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    Sounds like a good day, as always the photos and running commentary are ace. Green machine is my fav on the outing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    The droop snoot firenza is one of my favourites. Year ago a neighbour of mine had one and took me for a run. I couldn't believe how quick it was (though probably actualy fairly tame by todays standards), it left a lasting impression and I very nearly bought a second hand droop snoot magnum (which is an estate car version) back in the day.

    However, the star of the show must surely have been the green machine?
    Yes, the Green Machine was my favourite too, although it was nice to see a Droop Snoot after all these years. As you say, the Magnum Sportshatch was just a standard Magnum estate with the aero nose on it, but the coupe had lots of performance goodies as well. The aerodynamics were really impressive though - the stability at speed was amazing, you could feel the car forcing itself down on the suspension. Of course my example was slightly modified from standard. It was utterly bulletproof for about a year, then the problems set in. Much happier now with Italian engineering!
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