Members Classic Car Show and RetroJumble report
04 August 2021
It was wonderful to see Brooklands buzzing again on Sunday with Members and Visitors attending our Classic Car Show. This was the first large scale event that had been held since the lifting of Covid restrictions, and there was a genuine ‘feel good’ factor in the air. With an attendance of well over 2000 (including over 1000 members), and an abundance of fascinating cars to be admired, the site came to life, and the weather played its part, with largely clear skies with plenty of sunshine.
There were a few glitches, which were inevitable given the circumstances, but everyone that I spoke to agreed that it was great to be able to enjoy Brooklands again, and were full of praise for the organisers. There was live music on the stage in front of the Clubhouse, games on the lawn, and lots of traders selling a wide variety of motoring memorabilia and other essentials. I spoke to many of the traders who had bought pitches for the event, and the message from all of them was broadly the same – “it’s good to be back”.
The selection of cars and motorcycles displayed was as diverse as ever, and the judges had a difficult task selecting winners (BMtv has produced a video of the prize-giving ceremony, which can be viewed here).
We had almost a full Outreach Team on site for the first time in over a year, and together with the hard-working shop staff, they signed up over 40 new members in the day. I spent some time with the team during the day, and there was a constant stream of existing members dropping in, some with membership queries, but mostly just to chat and say how much they were enjoying being back at Brooklands.
It was a really successful day, and as I am sure you are aware, such success does not just happen but depends on a lot of hard work and effort behind the scenes, and all the organisers deserve a huge vote of thanks. Although there were many who contributed to the success of the event, Steve Clarke and Tim Morris deserve a special mention, as they worked tirelessly in the weeks and months leading up to the event, overcoming many obstacles along the way.