Brooklands Double 12 Event at Brooklands Museum and Mercedes World
June 12, 2010
Medius, specialists in PR and Event Photography, and it’s sister company, High Level Photography, specialists in Low Level Aerial Photography from mobile masts were at Brooklands Museum on Saturday the 5th June 2010 to photograph some aspects of the Brooklands Double 12 Event.
Brooklands – the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 – was morethan a great sporting arena. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.
2010 sees The Brooklands Double Twelve returns, with Brooklands Museum Trust as the official organiser – and with all proceeds going to support the work of the Trust in preserving the legacy of Brooklands and inspiring future generations. Action on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit centred on dozens of Pre-war cars taking part in a full competitive sprint on the Saturday, while over 100 top-class classic cars (up to 12 in each of 12 classes) will competed by invitation in the unique Double Twelve competition, combining Driving Tests and Concourse, on the Museum site on both days.
The Double Twelve borrows its name from the 24 hour races organised by the Junior Car Club (JCC) at Brooklands from 1929, but takes its inspiration from rallies organised by the JCC and the Royal Automobile Club in the late 1930s in which the elegance of the competing car was as important as the skill shown by the drivers in tricky manoeuvres. Its return was well received by motor sport enthusiasts and is a highlight of the British historic motor sports events calendar.
In addition to the competitions, a wide spectrum of one-make clubs put on their own stunning displays of cars on the Sunday to complement the celebratory atmosphere. Plenty of action going went throughout the weekend, including Test Hill activities, a Trade Village and family entertainment.
The Vintage Sports-Car Club, providers of motor sport events since 1934, were appointed as official organisers of the competitive elements. The VSCC and Brooklands Museum have enjoyed a long friendship, thanks to a common interest in Pre-war machinery.
The event was open to visitors at 9am on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June.