Brooklands Double Twelve tempts a superb selection to Surrey


The Brooklands Double Twelve meeting – the biggest competitive event held at the Surrey speedbowl since its wartime closure – has settled nicely into its format.

Mixing a concours with sprint and driving tests run by the VSCC, it offers something for everyone and, although not on the scale of the festival when it was (re)launched with Mercedes-Benz World backing, appears to be picking up in popularity with the classic car community.

The format is that entrants must enter two of the three disciplines to stand a chance of overall victory.

Most unconventional is the concours which is in effect won by a show of hands once the best cars have been selected from the 11 classes.

A wonderful array of some 80 classics took part this year, with the top honour going to David Bracey's 1935 Aston Martin, from Mark Garfitt's 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW.

Over on the M-B World track, damp conditions made for some eyebeow-raising driving and greatly benefited the smaller, lower cars including a special Mini Cooper class. None was more dramatic, however, than Longstone Tyres boss Dougal Cawley in 'Piglet', his GN-Ford special.

The range of machinery on display was more broad than ever and, supplemented by the non-competing cars, made for a great car show in its own right.

Visitors were treated to everything from veterans to 1960s GTs, favourites including the one-off Alfas from Corrado Lopresto's astonishing collection.

This story will be updated with the driving and overall results as soon as they are made available.

Pictures: Rob Scorah

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