Thursday, 8 August 2013

Brooklands Double Twelve

Photos - Mark Saunders; words - Daniel Bevis



The Double Twelve is the biggest event on the Brooklands calendar. The name is derived from a historical objection to twenty-four hour racing at the circuit; to appease local residents, the mammouth endurance event was split into two twelve-hour stints occurring on consecutive days, with a bit of a kip in between.
Today, the event exists as a sort of Festival of Speed-esque celebration of automobilia in all its forms, with a bias skewed toward the historic and veteran classes. It features driving tests on the gracefully ageing banking, as well as a good thrash on the neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World's handling circuit. With 100-odd pre-war cars enjoying the sprint, and 144 motors entering the Double Twelve Driving Concours, there's a real where-do-I-look-next feel to proceedings - a veritable feast of motoring icons.

It all took place back in June, and SSBB's roving reporter Mark Saunders was there soaking up the atmosphere - as you can see from his photos it was, as ever, a real step back in time.
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