The 96 Club 40th Anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club continued its 40th anniversary celebrations with another track session at Brands Hatch which took place on Wednesday 23rd August. Club members brought along their cars for what was a scorching evening of racing, as temperatures in Kent reached the high twenties. Take to the Road was there to soak up some of the action… and the heat!

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
Club members cars wait to head out for the first session

Once again the selection of cars being exercised at the clubs second Brand Hatch track session was impressive, with everything from rare racing classics like the Lotus 7, to modern high performance BMWs and the even rarer special operations Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
It was a grand evening for racing at the famous Kent circuit

With the South East of England basking in the glorious summer sunshine, track temperatures surely exceeded 40 degrees (at least), which would have tested the cooling and braking systems of any car. It was a workout for both drivers and their passengers!

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
Club chair Michael Scott brought the perfect car
The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
There’s nothing like a brisk drive in a convertible Alfa Romeo GTV on a sunny afternoon

There was a relaxed atmosphere in the pit lane as drivers got their cars ready for an evening of fun on Brands Hatch’s Indy Circuit. There were familiar sights from the first track session, notably the Ferrari P4 evocation which looked stunning in the warm glow of the evening sun.

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
The Ferrari P4 Evocation waiting to go out on track

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

Another stand out car was Ivan Dutton’s freshly restored 1958 Lotus 7 with a sweet 1000cc Coventry Climax engine. Ivan had great fun in his pocket rocket as it literally flew around the track, taking the corners with ease. And it looked very smart in its fresh light blue paint.

96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
Ivan’s 1958 Lotus 7 in the pit lane
96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
Giving it some beans on the straight
The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
This Lotus looked like it was glued to the road
96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
Bill Collins and Michael Scott admiring Ivan’s Lotus after its laps around the circuit

Also at the track session was Bill Collins 1957 Porsche 356 which needed a little fine tuning to the carbs after a couple of runs. Which is all part of the fun with owning a classic car, especially a rare twin Solex carb Porsche 356.

96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
The Porsche 356 heading out for a run

96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
Running a little rich on one of the carbs
96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session
Back to the pits for some fine tuning

Which brings to a close Take to the Road’s report from the 96 Clubs second track evening. While the temperatures were a little on the warm side, it was a fun afternoon for club members. Maybe next time Take to the Road will get its own Bertone x1/9 out on track for some fun!



The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

The 96 Club 40th anniversary Brands Hatch August Track Session

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