Warm up the engine, it’s winter

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Welcome to the January 2017 blog covering the close of last year and the beginning of another twelve muscle car months.

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1973 Road Runner at Brooklands

Brooklands Museum in September is always the place to be as it hosts a fab American Classic car show within the hallowed grounds of the world’s first purpose built racing circuit opening way back in 1907. So what did the local town planners do with it, demolish most of the high banking, rip up the aircraft runway that had been operational from 1918 and tunnel most of the delightful river that runs though the grounds. During World War 2, the Hawker Hurricane and the Vickers Wellington were built at Brookers, later the very successful Vickers VC10 also rolled out of the Surrey facility. So we tore it all down, built a housing estate, a supermarket and destroyed nearly a 100 years of our automotive and aircraft heritage, wow what a legacy!!

Luckily some like minded enthusiasts formed the Brooklands Society in 1987 to conserve and protect what’s left of the famous circuit and out-buildings – I am very proud to be a member of this society and give it my total support.

The museum stages a whole bunch of car shows through the year including several American themed gatherings, the September bash being the most attended. The 2016  meeting saw some of the best muscle cars in the country on display, we also brought along our two Mopars and blended in with the other exhibitors.

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Tillmore Rural Life Centre

The October show at the Tillmore Rural Life Centre turned out to be a marvellous end to the 2016 outdoor show season with an incredible diversity of classic cars. My local club the AAEC American Auto Enthusiasts Club had a stand present which we joined to display our Barracuda and Road Runner. The whole family came along in the two cars including the dog and we all enjoyed a great time. A couple of real stand-out cars were a Wimbledon White/blue stripe 1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang and a 1958 Coupe De Ville Cadillac finished in off- white. The car show is full of country life living exhibits and even has a working narrow gauge steam engine railway, a show not to be missed with a nice friendly ambience.

Here’s a snap shot of what I saw:

 

So 2017 has arrived and we look forward to the car shows kicking off again, with the Surrey Street Rodders Good Friday event at Rushmoor Arena in April.

The car valuation service has been busy though the winter and we have been lucky to value some outstanding cars, specially a hemi Dodge Daytona 4-speed replica. Drop me a line if  you would like your American muscle car valued.

That’s all for now, folks – keep warm!

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