Auto Italia – Italian Car Day – at Brooklands Museum

Am I really about to write about a car show? Oh yes! My seven year old self would be laughing at me for this post and here’s why…

When my sister and I were young we were dragged to a lot of car shows. A lot. My Dad’s most memorable ‘old car’ was a 1959 Sunbeam Rapier; he restored it, joined their owners club and went to as many car shows as he could. Or at least it felt like that to us! The whole family would often go with him and my memories of it are early starts on a Sunday morning, the boot filled with picnic food and a day in a field (if we were lucky, it was sunny).

It’s funny, when I look back we moaned a lot about it and how boring it all was, yet I have fond memories of those days.

Car shows also included trips to historic stately homes, like Highclere Castle. If only I’d known that 20 years later Downton Abbey would be on TV and make me desperate to visit again. Below is a picture of me and my sister there in around 1994; not long after this photo Ali lost my Dad’s hat she’s holding and she’s never lived it down. Isn’t that right, Dad?


Auto Italia at Brooklands Museum - This Little Space of Mine


So when Dad asked me if I fancied going to Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, for their Auto Italia Italian Car Day I said yes. Just back from holiday I thought it’d be a good opportunity to get out of the house, get some fresh air and spend some time with my Dad. I spent far too much of winter cuddled up at home and the holiday reminded me how good it feels to be outside (weather dependant!).



Auto Italia at Brooklands Museum - This Little Space of Mine



I took my camera along for the day and I’m really glad I did; I’m still trying to find a style and become more confident with using a DSLR so it was a good subject matter to practice on.

Here are some pictures for you…



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Auto Italia at Brooklands Museum - This Little Space of Mine





Auto Italia at Brooklands Museum - This Little Space of Mine





Auto Italia at Brooklands Museum - This Little Space of Mine



What do you think of my efforts? I think I’m slowly but surely improving, but need to be braver and switch to manual mode.

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the day! I have a Fiat 500 lounge and would one day love to own a class Fiat 500, so to see lots of them in one place made me smile. We weren’t so interested in the Lamborghini’s (though everyone else seemed to be!) and my Dad loved the Dino’s and loves his Fiat Panda! Maybe it’s the Italian in us?!



Auto Italia at Brooklands Museum - This Little Space of Mine



Brooklands Museum holds a lot of history, so we took the opportunity to have a mooch around some of the displays; the Formula one shed was particularly interesting and they also had a 1905 ‘car’ (if you can call it that) on display. It understandably attracted a lot of attention and was interesting to see.


Auto Italia at Brooklands Museum - This Little Space of Mine


Thanks for inviting me along Daddio!

If you are looking for places to go in the Surrey area, I definitely recommend Brooklands Museum – lots to see and a lot of history worth remembering.


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