January 2018.

 

VSCC New Year Driving Tests, Brooklands.

The internationally famous Brooklands site in Weybridge, Surrey, England was the setting for the Vintage Sports Car Clubs (VSCC) first event of 2018. The New Year Driving Tests saw over 40 vehicles tackle 12 tests across the Brooklands site including the infamous ‘Test Hill’ with its 1:4 gradient and the original 1907 Finishing Straight. Relying more on dexterity and accuracy rather than outright speed there’s no need for nomex suits or helmets.  Hence several cars being shared with family members for added enjoyment. Overall winner was Edward Williams in a Frazer Nash Super Sports, with many remembering the way in which Katie Forrest piloted her resplendent 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost through the tests in near silence.

For more images; https://www.cjm-photography.co.uk/motorsport-2018/vscc-new-year-driving-tests-brooklands/.

 

MGJ Winter Stages Rally. The Chelmsford Motor Club were the organisers of round 4 of the Motorsport News Rally Championship 2017-18 at Brands Hatch. Despite persistent rain a good crowd watched as drivers negotiated 45 miles arranged around the Brands Hatch facility, including going in a reverse direction to 'normal' and using the paddock and pit lane. At the close of play Mark Kelly and co-driver Andy Baker in a Ford Escort Mk2 took the top honours.

 

Autosport 2018 and the Performance Car Show kicked off the 2018 season for fans from acroos the UK. featuring motorsport across the spectrum from F1 to grass roots racing.

From historic/classic machinery to the latest Formula-e. From circuit racing - twisty, ovals, grassy and tarmac topped. Off road trials, Rallying, tractor pulling. There was something for everyone.

All topped off with a preview of what's new and exciting in the multifarious seasons championships. 

 

Along with an opportunity to meet champions from 2017 there was time to listen to those from previous times; Nigel Mansell OBE, just one of the stars attending.

For those wanting more active entertainment, there was a chance to experience drifting Ginetta's, sliding Karts, or trying out a selection of Abarths latest.

 

The Live Action Arena gave a great show of light and noise with a great variety of vehicles; stock cars, NASCAR, drifters, culminating in stunt driving extravaganzas by Terry Grant. This later featured Billy Monger who won the appreciation of the crowd.