The VSCC kicked off a whole new decade with their ‘The New Year Driving Test’ at Brooklands on Sunday 19th January. Forty-seven pre-war tackled a dozen different tests around complicated courses laid out around the historic Brooklands site including Test Hill and the Banking, with drivers competing against the clock while trying to avoid any penalty mistakes. John Retter was on hand to capture the action and intense concentration!
Results – Six of the best for Compton
Annabel Jones (Frazer Nash BMW) best in the touring car class after the first but then retired from the competition, David Marsh (Bugatti Brescia Two-Seater) top standard sports car, Robert Moore and David Wallom in Austin Sevens shared the lead in the modified sports car division, and another Austin, this time Richard Wadman’s 1928 Seven Chummy headed class five. Indeed, Wadman dominated all day and eased to a category win. Neil Thorp (1934 Singer 9 Sports Coupé) fought back with two fastest times to claim touring-car honours and Alex Pilkington scored a standard sports cars class victory in her 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750. Meanwhile Paul Compton (1934 Wolseley Aerees Special) bagged six fastest test times en route to taking modified sports cars spoils.