Last weekend was the famous Brooklands Double Twelve Festival featuring a number of Driving Tests where cars had to negotiate all kinds of courses set up on the historic site while over at the neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World, drivers had to compete for the fastest times in the Speed Trials.
Alongside the speed trials was the ‘Concours d’Elégance’ which is a pageant of cars judged for their authenticity, restoration and rarity and finally, the crowd-pleasing Test Hill ascents. This is the original hill built in 1909 to test acceleration and breaking, where every three or four-wheeled vehicle tries to make it to the top without stalling.
In addition to the competitive events, there was live music, and the Museum exhibition areas were open for visitors to enjoy. This year, the new First to the Fastest exhibition was open, celebrating the incredible journey of Alcock and Brown’s 1919 non-stop transatlantic crossing to the 1969 Great Air Race.
The VSCC hosted Round 4 of their Speed Championships alongside the Driving Tests and Concourse competition on the historic Brooklands site.
Brooklands Double Twelve Results
The coveted Double Twelve trophy is awarded to the most successful entrant in any two of the three competitive events. This years competition was keenly contested giving us the following results:
1st Eddie Williams – 1939 Frazer Nash Sports
2nd Paul Compton – 1934 Wolseley Aerees Special
3rd Miss Alex Pilkington – 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
Saturday 16 June
Round 4 – Speed Championships
Although the weather was overcast with intermittent showers, it didn’t dampen the spirits or the enthusiasm of the competitors who each took their turn to complete two practice laps prior to their competitive timed laps.
The days results were as follows:
Fastest Time of the day – Nick Topliss
1939 ERA R4D – 39.98
Fastest Vintage – Patrick Blakeney Edwards
1930 Frazer Nash Super Sports – 43.91
Fastest Young Driver – Charlie Martin 44.45
1930/28 Morgan RIP Special
For details of how to compete please click here
Photos by John Retter Photography