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Little Classics News: 9 October 2014

Classic Racers on the Starting Grid for Autumn Motorsport Day

Fiat Abarth X19 by Jason Dodd

Competition cars spanning over 90 years will star at this year’s Autumn Motorsport Day on Sunday 12 October at Brooklands Museum, with the line-up including a trio of Grand Prix cars, on display alongside F5000s, FIA GTs and Touring cars, historic racing cars and a large show of Italian machinery.

The classic Grand Prix cars will be among the mix of vehicles taking part in laps on the neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World circuit. Back over at the Museum visitors will be able to get up close to these incredible machines and see a selection of them blasting up the steep Test Hill.

This year we have two Benetton F1 cars joining us, John Reaks’ Benetton F1 B190 (below), which was driven to victory by Nelson Piquet at Suzuka and Adelaide in the 1990 F1 World Championship and the B193 raced by Michael Schumacher and Riccardo Patrese in the 1993 season.

John Reaks’ Benetton F1 B190 by Jason Dodd

They will be running alongside an incredibly rare 1951 Ferrari 212 F1 (below). Only two 212 F1s were constructed, this example was based on a Formula 2 car, but is fitted with a 2.5-litre V12 engine. The classic racing car made its debut in 1951 at the Siracusa Grand Prix by Dorino Serafini and is thought to have also been driven by Villoresi, Marzotto and Gonzales.

They will join the six groups of vehicles taking part in laps on the twisty circuit at neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World. These include other single seat racers such as Kevin Mason’s Formula Nippon and F5000s, GT and touring cars such as the Lamborghini LP640 and Allan Collett's racing Iso Rivolta, powerful Rally vehicles including the Lancia Stratos and CanAm McLaren and historic racers such as the 1916 Packard Twin Six belonging to John Dennis and the Museum’s own 24-litre Napier Railton.

1951 Ferrari 212 F1

This year Brooklands Museum will be welcoming all Italian cars on to the site for a special Italian Car Display. Visitors arriving in Italian cars (any model and year) can be part of the event by joining the Italian car display. As always Autumn Motorsport Day is a wonderful chance to get up close to the vehicles and round off the motoring season with the sight of competition cars from all eras taking to the track.

The timetable for the day is as follows:

  • 09.00 Gates open
  • 10.00 Museum displays and aircraft open
  • 12.00-13.00 Mercedes-Benz World Track demonstration
  • 14.45-15.30 Ascents up Test Hill
  • 17.00 Event finishes

Entry charges are £13 for adults, £12 for seniors, £6.50 for children aged 5-16, under 5s free and a family ticket is £34. Please note that there is no advance ticketing for this event: simply pay on the day.

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