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:: [ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - July 2019 ] ::

The following photos and text are by Malcolm Bailey, with additional photos by Mike Goreman. Please click on any thumbnail picture below to see the full size picture. To return to the thumbnails please click the Explorer "Back" arrow  (top left of screen). 


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Brooklands was already a hive of activity for the BTM Apollo 11 Evening, long before any JEC or SVVS members arrived. Somehow, it's hard to believe that exactly 50 years ago Commander Neil Armstrong and his crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were maneuvering their spacecraft into Lunar orbit prior to that historic lunar landing two days later on 20 July 1969, and Neil Armstrong's now famous "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" when he stepped onto the lunar surface six hours after Buzz Aldrin. The only problem was that those present vividly recalled the momentous occasion! While most cars parked at Brooklands were 'moderns', older cars in the paddock included a Daimler SP250 and a Triumph 2000, both clearly well-used and enjoyed. Cars brought along by SVVS and JEC members straddled the moon landing technological milestone. All but one SVVS car was from before 1969: in chronological order, Mike Gorman's 1934 Morris 10 with passengers Simon Bishop and Alister Reid, Fraser and Linda's 1936 Rolls 20/25, John Morgan's 1948 MG TC, John Auber's '53 Bentley R-type, and Malcolm Bailey's 1975 Opel Manta. Pre-1969 Jaguars present ranged from an XK 120, through XK 140 and 150, Mk II and S-Type. A number of XK E-types, from Ser. 1 to Ser.3 V12s, straddled the 1969 divide, while XJS, XK8, and later model S, XJ and XK models represented the younger models. Lyons-era XJs were notably absent.  In all, a most convivial summer evening.   (As it was evening, photos have been lightened for ease of viewing. )

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