The Brooklands Museum's New Year's Day gathering begins at 9am, so you'll need to have gone easy on the celebratory liquids a few hours earlier. It's worth the abstinence, because several hundred cars will arrive to cover the banking, the Finishing Straight, the area around the clubhouse, and anywhere else they can be fitted in among aircraft, hangars and workshops. Cars should be at least 30 years old, the older the better, and the assemblage of automobiles can be amazingly eclectic.
And, of course, there's the pleasure of getting there, best enjoyed if you can gather together a posse of like-minded mates. Trouble is, the weather forecast for this year's gathering was gruesome: rain and more rain. A lot of classic-car owners would be staying at home, I reckoned.
But I was determined to go. It would be interesting to see who the all-weather diehards are, and what cars they would bring. Besides, all that rain would wash away the lashings of salt spread on the roads in previous days, so our old cars wouldn't be suffering too much.