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John Dennis with his 1916 Packard Twin Six was fourth Overall (Dr John).


the results and winners were announced. In a change to previous years, the Paddock for


Saturday’s Speed Trials had been moved to the Museum site to further incorporate that element into the weekend, with spectators able to explore the competing machinery against the backdrop of the Clubhouse. Cars were then led through the Museum site in convoy batches across to the Mercedes-Benz World track to perform their runs against the clock.


The event had attracted another capacity entry


across the VSCC classes with over 100 pre-war racing and sports cars in action, forming another round of the Club’s 2017 Speed Championship, so the competition was sure to be fiercely fought, as the scorching temperatures added a further challenge for the drivers.


Amongst the sports car classes there was success for Stuart Rose’s Austin Seven Ulster and the Morgan three-wheeler of Simon Edwards, whilst Geoff


Smith narrowly beat Simon


Blakeney-Edwards in their Frazer Nash head-to- head. Regular front-runners John Guyatt, Kevin Morton, Dudley Sterry and Ewen Getley enjoyed success again in the Darracq, Riley, HRS and Bentley respectively whilst Robin Gale continued to enjoy his first season of competition with a class victory in his Riley Special.


VSCC stalwart Hicky Hickling topped the


ever-popular pre-1918 Edwardian line-up in his 1911 Sunbeam 16/20 and local Member Gary Clare defended his small capacity Racing Class title in his vintage special ‘Grannie’. As anticipated, the overall sprint honours


were decided amongst the day’s faster racing machinery with a number of the VSCC’s perennial challengers taking part. Terry Crabb was a class winner again, as he shared ERA R12C with son Jamie, who claimed runner-up spot as


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well as the ‘Fastest Under 30’ prize, showing real potential in the historic racer. In the same class Sue Darbyshire demonstrated her skills at the wheel of her Morgan again to claim the ‘Fastest Lady’ title. Although he was unable to stake a claim for the overall victory, Julian Grimwade took another class win in his Frazer Nash Norris special. Ultimately the battle for the prestigious ‘Fastest


Time of Day’ title became a contest between Ian Baxter in the ex-George Abecassis Alta single- seater and Ben Fidler, making his competitive début in father Brian’s hallowed ERA R4D, with the latter prevailing by a mere 0.2 seconds to defend the car’s title of last year.


The following day saw several of the Speed


Trials’ sports car entrants take part in another en- tertaining Driving Tests competition alongside an eclectic gathering of other Edwardian, pre-war and post-war sports cars, tourers and saloons. Co-ordinated again by VSCC Director and


Brooklands Trust Members’ Secretary Kevin Lee – Clerk of the Course for the VSCC’s annual New Year Driving Tests at the venue – this marked the first day of competitive motor sport on the original Finishing Straight since Brooklands closed in 1939, with three of the five tests located on the restored surface, alongside the familiar challenges set out on the Members’ Banking and Test Hill, each to be attempted twice. Following his Speed Trials success the preced-


ing day, Robin Gale was a winner once more as he led a competitive Pre-war Sports-Cars class, ahead of fellow First Class award winners Colin Reynolds in his MG 12/12 M-type and regular VSCC Driving Tests competitor Jon Fleming’s Austin Seven Ulster, whilst Richard Wadman proved the best of the pre-war touring cars in his Alvis. There were Post-war Class wins for Double Twelve regulars Amelia Wooding (MG Midget),


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