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New Years Classic Car Events

While you might think that classic car events are a summer pursuit, there are plenty that like to get their motors out to celebrate the start of the new year.

Many events take place up and down Britain on January 1 and enthusiasts will be ringing in 2017 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.

Brooklands New Year's Day Classic Gathering

This event at the birthplace of British motorsport is one of the most popular New Year’s Day events.

Aimed at pre-1973 vehicles, as well as interesting or special younger vehicles, enthusiasts can bring their classics along and park in and around the paddock, on the finishing straight and the famous members’ banking.

More than 1,000 vehicles are expected and, with live music and a winter barbeque, there will be something for everybody among the vast and diverse displays of classics all descending on Brooklands to kick start 2017 in style.

Gates open at 9am, with the museum’s building and displays open from 10am to 4pm.

The usual museum admission price applies. For more details visit brooklandsmuseum.com


Vintage Stony 

This event in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, is always a hugely popular gathering. It takes over the town and raises money for Willen Hospice.

Market Square is the place to see vintage cars and motorcycles from 10.30am until 2pm, with prizes the oldest car, the furthest travelled to the event and the judges ‘take-home’ car.

Find out more at vintagestony.co.uk


Classic Cars on the Prom

For those on the south coast, Classic Cars on the Prom has made a big name for itself. Events normally take place every Sunday during the summer season, but organisers also get together on New Year’s Day.

While the regular, free, events are, as the name suggests, held on the prom at Bournemouth, the January 1 meet will take place at Kings Park Drive, close to AFC Bournemouth’s football ground.

All pre-August 1983 vehicles are welcome to go along between 11am and 2pm.

See classiccarsontheprom.com


Ace Café

This legendary venue has some stories to tell – and what better place to blow away the cobwebs on New Year’s Day? The aptly-named Ace Café Hangover Meet is open to all classics from 10am to 5pm.

And what better place to grab a coffee and enjoy checking out some classic vehicles at the venue on the North Circular Road in Stonebridge, north west London.

The Ace, a former transport café, has now been extensively redeveloped into an entertainment venue. Historically it was known for its motorcycle culture links, operating from 1938 until 1969.

It reopened on the original site in 1997 and remains a mecca for those with petrol flowing through their veins.

Visit ace-cafe-london.com


Caledonian MG Chilly Willy

Here’s one north of the border for MG fans. 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

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