Get your earplugs out, you’re going to need them – the historic motoring museum at Brooklands is opening its doors to fans this Sunday, the 14 October, with its second annual Autumn Motorsport Day.
And attendees will be in for a serious treat. There’ll be Formula 1, Formula 5000, GT, Touring and Group B rally cars all on show. But the greatest troop of vehicles displayed to the public will be the earsplittingly loud Silver Arrows pre-war Grand Prix cars.
Merc’s 1937 W125 Grand Prix racer will be there – powered by a 5.7-litre supercharged eight-cylinder engine producing a ridiculously loud 595hp – as will the car that superseded it, the 1938 Mercedes-Benz W154.
Rule changes enforced a drop to a 3.0-litre supercharged engine – this time a V12 producing 475hp – but it was no less noisy, so there’ll still be plenty of aural delights on offer. If it’s not the scintillating single-seaters from a plethora of eras, then it’ll be the fire-breathing Group B rally cars, complete with their twittering turbos.
Who doesn’t love the sound of screaming race engines and the elegance of competition cars from a bygone era? Especially when the souped-up motors on display are priceless automotive artefacts that you’ll rarely get to see sitting stationary, never mind driven to within an inch of their lives.
Last year’s event was the inaugural Autumn Motorsport Day and it was an immediate hit with spectators. With even more cars set to be driven hard around the new Brooklands track at Mercedes-Benz World – and in close quarters to spectators – expect bumper crowds.
Standard museum charges apply, so that’ll be £10 for adults, £9.00 for senior citizens and students, and £5.50 for children aged between five and 16. Under fives go free. You can pick up a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) for £27, too.
Parking is free and you’ll get a trail guide to find your way around as well – just don’t forget the packed lunch!
For more information, visit the Brooklands Museum website.