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Standard Triumph at Brooklands

Report on the Standard Triumph at Brooklands Event

 Who needs a yellow sticker to get into pride of place at the Group Photo? Don't forget, the camera never lies?

The first "Drive it Day" turned out to be pretty wet and miserable, in the South East of England anyway. We looked at the map and there was no doubt about it, the only sensible way from St. Albans to Brooklands was a virtually straight line along the M25. So off we set in the 1937 Drophead Flying 12, closely followed by our friends Maurice and Di in their Swallow Dorretti. We felt a little out of our depth at a steady 50mph but fortunately it was early on Sunday morning and the traffic was fairly light.

Brooklands is the birthplace of Motor Racing in Britain, built in 1907 and we soon found some of the banking and  the restored control tower for the airfield that was once in the  centre of the track. The trouble is, like so many things these days, these were actually in what is now a "Tesco's " Carpark and some 2 miles away from the Museum area that was our destination. Anyway, completely unassisted by signs, we spotted some other Triumphs who seemed to know were they were going and tagged along behind them. 

All the pre-war Standards and Triumphs were parked together in the paddock outside the old Clubhouse and we were able to squeeze in all the other Standards as well. I didn't count but we were 15 or so strong. Completely dwarfed by hundreds of Triumphs as usual but making up for it in the quality and variety of our display, as I always say....

Those of you that haven't visited Brooklands yet really ought to make an effort. There are lots of vintage cars, motorcycles, bikes and aircraft on display, the largest being an early Concorde. This had to be "knocked down" into kit form in order to make the journey by road to the site, but the museum have made a fantastic job of (almost) putting it back together. The only missing part now is the tail fin, which stands ready to be bolted in place. All the visitors were given a free guided tour inside the fuselage, though the cockpit wasn't opened for us. This was one of the highlights of the day for us, one of the others being the ability to walk a stretch of the famous banking.

As usual you can see enlargements of all the photos just by clicking on them:

Above: The 3 oldest Standard there

Right: 1935 Standard 12

Standard 8 in front of the Standard Lineup

ThisWellington was found at  the bottom of Lock Ness by a team looking for "Nessie"

Lynda shelters from the rain under Concorde's wing!

The sign in front of our "privileged" entrance

The real lineup of cars for which the Flying 12 Drophead didn't qualify. How many more are on the road, he asks? None is the answer!

Paul Newsome wins a "gong" for the "Best Pre-war Car " of the day

The third highlight was the award of "Best Prewar Car" to Paul Newsome and his 1925 Charlecote. Especially deserved as he drove 95 miles each way to be at the event, mostly on unfriendly motorways. We have to thank the Triumph 2000/2.5 Register in general and Alan Crussell in particular for all their work in organising this event - we hope they are encouraged enough by the substantial response to do it again next year.

Still raining of course, we navigated the M25 hoe, though due to the amount of traffic by that time everyone else was travelling almost s slowly as us! Still the car came through with Fling colours and we are no looking forward to our nest event - the Three day East Anglian Rally, this coming bank Holiday Weekend - watch this space!

Report and photographs by Phil Homer

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