The New Year is all about blowing away the cobwebs and looking forward
In the classic car world that all begins on the first day of the year itself.
Many events take place up and down Britain on January 1 and enthusiasts will be ringing in 2016 by dusting down their classics for the first outing of the New Year.
Here, we look at just some of the many gatherings that are going on for those whose hangovers aren’t too bad.
If you’re in the West Country on New Year’s Day then take your classic down to Haselbury Mill at Crewkerne.
It’s an event with wide appeal, with any pre-1985 car or light commercial vehicle, alongside later sports or GT cars, welcome to attend. There’s no pre-booking, so if you’re not feeling too bad from the night before head down from 10am to 2pm, with admission just £2 per car. The venue’s Great Tithe Barn will be open for refreshments and a hog roast as well.
Find out more at yeovilcarclub.com
Ace Café, London
The famous Ace Café gets its programme for 2016 under way on New Year’s Day with the Ace Café Hangover Meet.
Running from 10am to 5pm on January 1, those with a love for classic bikes and cars are welcome to go along and blast away the New Year’s Eve excesses with a bit of petrol therapy. The café is located at Ace Corner on the North Circular Road, visit ace-cafe-london.com
Those living in Dorset will be familiar with Classic Cars on the Prom, which hosts events in both Bournemouth and Christchurch.
On New Year’s Day all classic vehicles registered before August 1983 are welcome at Christchurch Quay from 11am to 5pm. Everything from sports cars to vintage fire engines, along with motorbikes, are to be found at this great New Year meet. With decent weather, the New Year’s Day meet often attracts around 200 cars and other vehicles from the 1920s onwards.
It’s free to attend as well, visit http://ccotp.com
South East England
Brooklands, historic home of motor racing in Britain, hosts one of the biggest New Year’s Day gatherings in the country.
The site, which was the centre of British motorsport for three decades before World War Two, is set to attract hundreds of classics. The event runs from 9am to 4pm and classic car clubs will have displays alongside motorbikes and other vintage vehicles. There will also be more modern supercars on show and the museum, which is well worth a visit, will be open as well.
Find out more at brooklandmuseum.com
For classic car lovers north of the border, particularly those with an MG in the garage, it’s all about the Caledonian MG Chilly Willy.
Probably the best-named event here, it takes place at The Stirling Highland Hotel, about 10 minutes’ walk from the city’s historic castle.The event includes lunch and looks like the start of an exciting year for MG owners in Scotland, with the Scottish Centre and the Caledonian Centre merging and planning new events for the year ahead.
See more at mgcaledonian.com