Brooklands, the birthplace of British motor racing, is home to a fascinating museum and the very impressive Mercedes-Benz World. Every October the Museum with Autoitalia Magazine organise a motorsport day at the Museum and on the test track at Mercedes-Benz World. All sorts of competition cars are invited to the event and this year I took along my MG SV.


Queuing up for some hot laps on the MBW test track. The broken concrete circuit is part of the original Campbell road circuit. Note the variety of other competition cars. Not sure the standard F Type and Testerosa count!


In the paddock the variety continues. Note the top fuel dragster. When the engine is running the pit crew need to wear gas masks.


This fearsome Fiat 500 Abarth looks like it is on steroids. It has a 1.8L 220 bhp engine!


A very smart MG M Type Midget Le Mans. A similar car won the 500 Mile Race at Brooklands driven by Lord March’s grandfather, Freddy.


Alfa Romeos 8C and 4C


TT Legend Joey Dunlop’s Ford Transit complete with smart looking BSA


Two more Fiat 500 Abarths, one luke warm and the other hot!


MG SV in front of the iconic Brooklands Club House


JPS Team Lotus transporter. The stock car isn’t quite a Lotus 72.


A team Lotus JPS Motorhome, former home to Mario Andretti and Ronnie Peterson.


A miraculous survivor of a time when Fiats rusted to oblivion in 5 years! This 128 is immaculate. My Grandad had a green one which I remember with fondness. In production from 1969 to 1985 it was European Car of the Year in 1970 and its front engine front wheel drive design became the standard for most other manufacturers.

Last weekend I marshalled at the London Rally for Heroes, a new Tarmac rally run for the benefit of military charity Help For Heroes. The rally started and finished at Brooklands Museum with the last two stages being held on the high speed handling track kindly made available by Mercedes Benz World next door.

In 12 years of competing in Motorsport this was, rather shamefully, the first time I had marshalled. Standing by the course watching the cars whiz by was a new experience. Whilst lacking the excitement of driving you at least got a good view of the cars and the opportunity to silently critique the drivers lines!

All sorts of cars took part from ex works rally cars to home converted saloons. There were plenty of incredibly fast Ford Escort Mk2s. It was easy to see why they now command unheard of prices on the market.

So a good afternoon in the sun for a very worthy cause.



After days of rain the sun shone magnificently for the second Brooklands Motorsport Day. At the inaugural event last year I entered the MG YB but, as the old girl is off the road waiting for the law on MOTs to change at the beginning of November, this year I entered The Beast, my MG SV.

The event itself gathers competition cars from all eras for morning demonstration laps on the Mercedes Benz World handling circuit and runs up the old test hill in the afternoon. Whilst The Beast has only limited competition history my entry was thankfully accepted and I secured a parking space just outside the clubhouse paddock.

The fine weather brought appreciative crowds and a great selection of cars including two Benetton F1 cars, various Lancia Delta rally cars, Ferraris, Lambos and some interesting pre war racers including the mighty Napier Railton.

I was looking forward to taking The Beast on the track as I had only driven her competitively a few times at Brighton – and that was in a straight line. The handling circuit is very tight but I managed to get her up to 80 on the straight and she proved very steady round the twisty bits with bags of grip and a nice crisp turn in. The test hill was perhaps less of a challenge with 350 hp under my right foot but nonetheless good fun. It’s always special to drive up the hill conscious of the fact people have been testing their cars in the same place in a similar way for over 100 years.

Fabulous Roesch Talbot racer

In addition to the action on track there was a good turnout of car clubs, especially from Italian marques (the organiser is also the proprietor of Autoitalia Magazine). So coupled with the fantastic collection of cars and aeroplanes at the birthplace of British Motorsport and aviation, there was lots for the paying public to see. This year was far busier than last and I am sure the event will continue to grow into something special and a fine season closer.