World famous Double Twelve festival returns to Brooklands Museum

Petrol heads delight: The Double Twelve is back

Petrol heads delight: The Double Twelve is back

Petrol heads delight: The Double Twelve is back

Petrol heads delight: The Double Twelve is back

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

The biggest motoring competition of recent decades returns to Brooklands Museum this weekend.

The Double Twelve Motorsport Festival, a full weekend of motoring and classic cars, takes place on the weekend closest to the anniversary of its original opening date, June 17, 1907.

The two-day extravaganza promises something for car and speed enthusiasts of all ages, with speed trials, driving tests, the prestigious Double Twelve concours, Test Hill ascent and family-friendly entertainment and activities.

At this year’s festival, challengers to defending champion Mac Hulbet’s famous ERA single seater in the speed trials include Terry Crabb’s sister machine ERA R12C and lightweight cars such as the Morgan Three Wheelers and Frazer Nashes, which will be ideally suited to the twists and turns of the Mercdes-Benz World track.

To spot a range of cars varying in speeds and sizes, head to the Double Twelve driving tests, where tiny Austin 7s, Rolls Royce specials, post-war Mercedes-Benz and the Cooper special will go head-to-head.

For car lovers who cannot decide which motors to see in action, the Double Twelve concours features many of the cars that will compete 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 Norris special single seater.

Other cars taking part include the 1980 Ferrari Berlinetta, Ogle SX 1000 and the Austin 1800 S. As well as the main competitions, the Test Hill challenge takes place on Saturday and involves vehicles from Sinclair C5s, bicycles and motorcycles to giant pre-war racing cars. Energetic children will also have the chance to run up the punishing 107m concrete slope.

Some vehicles may even head down the hill to test not only the brakes, but also the drivers’ nerve.

Double Twelve Motorsport Festival; Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge; June 14 to 15, 10am to 5pm; £15, £5 children aged five to 16, £37 family; visit brooklandsmuseum.com.

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