I had a great day out with Arnie yesterday at Brooklands for the “Double Twelve” classic car event.
There was the usual mix of cars, including plenty of Aston Martin DB4s to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
As soon as we had parked a pretty young lady offered us free tickets to the Merc Off-Road experience which we happily accepted. Our mode of transport was a diesel 430 GL which was huge but easily coped with all the usual steep inclines, two wheels off the ground, deep water type of environments. Arnie asked the driver what sort of mpg it was doing, to which he replied “currently 7mpg and the overall average is 5mpg”.
All classes of cars had to complete various trials, including a hill climb, reverse parking, the Wiggle Woggle, etc.
The secret to the hill climb is to try and snatch 2nd gear as quickly as possible and stay there. Many smaller engined cars could only manage it in 1st gear. We were standing half way up the hill when an Invicta tried to change up but got it all wrong and bits of the engine were deposited on the track in front of us, as oil started to trickle back down the hill. An expensive mistake for the owner.
Lewis Hamilton made a guest appearance and after an interview with Tiff Needell he took last year’s McLaren F1 car around the small circuit for a few laps. The noise was amazing, you just don’t get the sound levels at all on TV.
You can see some photos and videos here.