The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

Organised by Brooklands Musem in association with the Vintage Sports-Car Club, the event celebrated Brooklands’ rich motoring history, and, as always, was always held on the weekend closest to the Anniversary of the original opening of the Brooklands race track in 1907. The two-day extravaganza featured Speed Trials, Driving Tests, the prestigious Double Twelve Concours and Test Hill ascents, alongside family-friendly entertainment and activities.

The Words

From Steve Uprichard

This prestigious event incorporated the 110th Anniversary of Brooklands. The highlight of the 110th Anniversary Celebrations was the re-opening of the restored Finishing Straight. To mark the occasion scores of cars and motorcycles that raced at Brooklands returned to a section of the track that hasn’t seen motoring action since 1940.

Cars returning to the track included the biggest-engined cars ever to race or appear at Brooklands, most of the team which won the first two British Grands Prix here in 1926/7, and the first Bentley ever to win a race.

Not only that, but six MTWC Club Members in their Morgan Three Wheelers were there to compete in the various driving tests. Having checked through the results I was totally confused and so have simply included the highlights in the results tab! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who was confused by the tests. Here are a few words from Mr & Mrs Caroline: “Sunday consisted of competitive driving tests against the clock.  On this occasion, however, four of the tests were continuous without the opportunity to stop and survey the layout. Chaos and domestic discord were not detailed in the results.

Who were they?

  • No. 17 – Andy Messent was listed in his 1938 MX2 barrel back but competed in a Super Aero.
  • No. 18 – Gary Caroline in his road-going J.A.P. engined Super Sports
  • No. 21 – Simon Edwards in his 1930 Super Aero
  • No. 127 – Sue Darbyshire in her 1928 Super Aero
  • No. 218 – Trevor Seymour in his J.A.P. engined 1933 Sports Family
  • No. 218 – David Almond in his J.A.P. engined 1927 Aero

The weather was glorious and the whole event was popular with competitors and spectators alike.

The Photos

Super photos from Don Stringer.

The Results

Just too complicated for me to understand! Here are the highlights:

  • Overall Awards: Sue Darbyshire – Fastest Lady
  • Class 2. Standard and Modified Sports-Cars and Saloon Cars 751 – 1100cc unsupercharged and up to 750cc supercharged
    Simon Edwards – 1st Overall. 1st Modified Vintage
    Andy Messent – 2nd Overall. 2nd Modified Vintage
    Gary Caroline was 3rd in class.
  • Class 14 Pre-1941 Racing Cars 1101cc – 1500cc: Sue Darbyshire – Fastest Lady. 1st Vintage

For the full results – click here. You can search for “Morgan” and get all the interesting facts and figures.