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Little Classics News: 5 June 2014

Stunning Entries Revealed for Brooklands Double Twelve

Brooklands Double Twelve: Mac Hulbert in his famous ERA single-seater R4D by Dr JohnEntries for the annual Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival on 14th & 15th June foretell exceptional classic battles between past winners and new challengers in all three competitions to be held during a full weekend of activities at the Birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation.

Brooklands Double Twelve: Morgan Three Wheeler by PhotoparazziLast year’s overall winner of the Double Twelve competition, David Bracey, has substituted an Aston Martin DB6 for 2013’s victorious Pre-war Aston in an attempt to retain his title. The outright course record-holder for the Double Twelve Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit, Mac Hulbert, will be defending his crown with his famous ERA single-seater R4D. Amelia Wooding, last year’s Double Twelve Ladies Champion, will be striving to repeat the feat in her MG Midget Mk II. Aiming to topple these established stars will be a host of contenders driving cars ranging from aero-engined Vintage racers to Ford Mustangs – many of them in astounding concours condition to prove that the most competitive machines can be beautiful too.

Brooklands Double Twelve: Bentley Pacey-Hassan by Peter CollinsHeld over the weekend closest to the date on which the original track opened in 1907, the Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival is a two-day extravaganza featuring Speed Trials, Driving Tests, the prestigious Double Twelve Concours and Test Hill ascents.

Challengers to Mac Hulbert’s ERA in the Double Twelve Speed Trials include Terry Crabb’s sister machine ERA R12C, and a host of nimble lightweight machines like the Morgan Three Wheelers and Frazer Nashes, ideally suited to the twists and turns of the MB World track. Two Pre-War Aston Martins with impeccable Brooklands history will face up to other famous Brooklands racers like the Bentley Pacey-Hassan and Ian Baxter’s MG Bellevue Special. And to bring the competition up to date, a brace of giant-killing BMC Mini Coopers will do battle with their Pre-war counterparts.

Brooklands Double Twelve: Rolls-Royce aero-engined Handlye SpecialIn the Double Twelve Driving Tests, entries range from tiny Austin 7s to Robin Beech’s vast Rolls-Royce aero-engined Handlye Special, while four Post-war Mercedes Benzes will be up against the likes of David Morgan’s Cooper Special Number One, built by Charles Cooper in 1937 at Brooklands.

The Double Twelve Concours features many of the cars which will be competing in either the Speed Trials or the Driving Tests: the three Frazer Nash/BMWs entered include Mark Garfitt’s 319/55 Sports with original Brooklands history, and Julian Grimwade’s mighty Frazer Nash Norris Special Single-Seater will provide a real contrast to Massimo Delbo’s 1980 Ferrari Berlinetta, Hugh James’s Ogle SX 1000 and Andrew Atherton’s Austin 1800 S, the latter entry marking the 50th Anniversary of the launch of the famous BMC ‘Landcrab’.

Jo Moss-Kitcher in her Morgan Plus 8A day ticket for the Saturday or Sunday entitles the visitor to come along to the Saturday evening event in the Clubhouse, where things will really start to rock with premier ‘50s band Conrad and the Atomiks.

For information, directions, timetable, entry forms and more visit: www.brooklandsmuseum.com



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