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Brands Hatch Test Day

I arranged this day out as the test days are Free to enter and usually feature cars that will be at the next event advertised. On Friday 26th May I met Mike, Leslie and Trish on the A3 at Hindhead and then went on to Newlands Corner to pick up any others that may wish to join in. Time for a comfort break and coffee and here we were joined by Roger on his Kawasaki.
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Standing at Druids Corner for the after lunch running of the Cortina’s, Mustangs etc, followed by the F1 cars again. The centre of Druids corner was open to spectators so crossing the circuit bridge with Lesley we found ourselves surrounded on three sides by noisy F1 cars, “great “.
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We left Newlands at 10 o’clock and headed off down the old A25 avoiding the M25. This was a Friday before a bank holiday, so the traffic was a bit sticky. We passed through Dorking, with its enormous stainless-steel cockerel, and onto Reigate and Redhill. Redhill was, as always, a bit troublesome with Mike getting stuck at the numerous traffic lights but once through the town, normal service was restored.
Arriving at the circuit around 11.30, we parked overlooking the pit straight just as the Historic F1 cars were on
Arrival at Brands Hatch
circuit. Unfortunately, this was red flagged shortly afterwards when one of them went off just after Paddock Hill corner. Walking through the tunnel into the pit lane garages, we met my son, Matthew, who had come by car. Wandering around the garages we were able to get up close to all the cars including John Watson’s and Niki Lauda’s McLarens, together with other Tyrrells, Bennetons and the like.
This was an excellent opportunity to get right up close to the cars and even stand in the pit lane watching the cars leaving and entering the pits. We were treated to an engine start up, while standing about two feet behind the car. Fingers in ears.
The F1 cars were followed on-track by Le Mans cars, sports cars and others. Great entertainment and all FREE.
A quick coffee and burger for lunch in the pit lane café was followed by a walk around the paddock and a very interesting mix of cars including Minis, Ford Mustangs, Cortinas, Formula Fords, and Caterham 7s.
Mike and Lesley were staying in Kent for the weekend so at departure we went our sperate ways, with Roger opting for the M25 “quick” route home while Trish and I chose the more picturesque A25. The traffic was worse than coming but we battled through some long queues, through Reigate and Dorking, before I parted with Trish just after the A3 tunnel leaving Trish to do the last bit home alone.
A great day out !  
The keys are in it but how would I get it home?
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