New Year’s Day Classic Gathering 2015 breaks Brooklands' record
PUBLISHED: 11:09 07 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:16 07 January 2015
The January sales proved no match for the lure of the UK’s biggest New Year’s Day classic vehicle gathering, as over 5,000 people made the annual pilgrimage to the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation at Brooklands.
With 2014 having been Brooklands Museum’s most successful year, the event proved a fitting start to 2015 as petrolheads browsed 1,240 classics in a bewildering variety of age and type.
The staggering range of motorcycles, cars and commercials that turned up ranged from a Vespa scooter to a giant Scammell wrecker, from pre-War racers to NASCAR beasts and ‘80s rally cars, from microcars to supercars, and from veterans to retro-desirables.
There were surprises round every corner on the packed 32-acre site included a trio of 1950s Borgward Hansas, a Panhard PL17, a Chrysler New Yorker and an early Trojan.
In front of the Wellington Hangar, some iconic DeLoreans, whose insect-like doors were left open so visitors could peer inside, sat next to a fine collection of Alvis cars.
There was a strong flavour of Americana, starting with Model T Fords and running up through Ford and Chevrolet pick-ups to Corvettes and Plymouth Super Birds.
Over by the Museum Shop, a gaggle of Morris Minors was joined by Ford Anglias and VW Beetles, with a display of Rover P5s in the Motoring Village.
In the Paddock in front of the Edwardian Clubhouse, as well as delectable line-ups of vintage Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, an impressive array of early Austins and a very rare Jensen sports tourer from 1935 impressed the crowds.
Numerous car clubs put on displays behind the Wellington Hangar, ranging from the MGF Register and Mercedes-Benz Club to the Reliant and Scimitar Car Club, Metro Owners Club and Lloyds Motor Club.
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