THE UK’S LARGEST GATHERING OF ITALIAN CARS
THE UK’S LARGEST GATHERING OF ITALIAN CARS: BROOKLANDS, SATURDAY 5TH MAY 2012
The biggest gathering of Italian cars in the U.K. is the annual Italian Car Day at Brooklands, which this year takes place on Saturday 5th May 2012 and already looks likely to trump all previous records. Last year’s event saw more than 2,000 Italian cars – including no fewer than 240 Ferraris – assemble on the banking and around the grounds of ‘the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit’ in Weybridge, Surrey.
“The greatest thing about the event is that it welcomes Italian car enthusiasts and owners, regardless of whether they own a famous historic racing car, the latest road-going Ferrari, a much-loved classic or the smallest, most affordable modern Fiat on the market,” says event organiser Phil Ward of GB Promotions. “Anyone who turns up in an Italian car – or motorcycle – forms part of the display, rather than being merely a spectator.”
And turn up they do. Last year, 5,000 visitors enjoyed the sights and sounds of 2,000 Italian cars, from the ex-Rob Walker Ferrari 250 SWB (as driven repeatedly to victory in period by Sir Stirling Moss), to Ferrari Enzo, F50, 288GTO and 275GTB, through some very special Maseratis and Lamborghinis (thanks in no small part to the support of the respective car clubs), to Abarth, Bizzarrini, De Tomaso, Innocenti, Moretti, Siata… in fact, think of an Italian marque, no matter how obscure, and it’s almost certain to be there. And few people will come away without discovering a weird and wonderful Italian car, or even marque, they’ve never heard of before.
“In addition to the vast displays of exotica and ‘obscurati’, there is always a good, solid turn-out of classic and modern Alfa Romeos, Fiats and Lancias, so no one need feel outshone when they turn up in their Italian pride and joy and park up with similar models,” adds Phil Ward.
But the static displays are just part of the fun. Despite closing for racing in 1939, Brooklands is still a vibrant venue with a spectacular museum and stretches of the original banking from Brooklands’ pre-War racing history. Meanwhile the ‘test hill’ and the Mercedes-Benz World test track will be used to run selected Italian cars during the day.
“We ran the first Italian Car Day at Syon Park back in 1986,” concludes Phil Ward, “when it was a champagne picnic with just 85 people. Ten years later we moved to Brooklands, and the event has grown and evolved until it’s become the UK’s largest gathering of Italian cars and Brooklands’ biggest event of the year. But we remain true to our original aim of providing a real enthusiasts’ event, with a low entry price, to cater for everyone who owns – or simply admires – Italian cars and motorcycles.”
Pre-booking and early arrival is advisable for fast-track entry. Buy from brooklandsmuseumshop.com or tel: 01932 857381 Ext 268
Adults £12 in advance (£14 on the day) Seniors/students £11 in advance (£12 on the day) Children (aged 5-16) £5 in advance (£6 on the day) Family (2A + 3C) £32 in advance (£35 on the day) Advance tickets are available until midday on Tuesday 1st May 2012
Timetable – Italian Car Day 5th May 2012
08.30 Gates open
11.00 Drivers’ briefing 12.00
Track demo start 13.00
Track demo end 13.00
Lunch break 14.00
Drivers’ briefing 14.45
Test Hill start 15.30
Test Hill end 17.00 Event closed.