Here’s how it always goes. You storm in the Christmas-New Year break in a flurry of overwork and frenzied present-buying as the last of the late brakers, and then the layoff begins abruptly. For the first couple of days, you are absorbed with the family of overconsumption, and all is well. But soon, the doubt settle in.
You have been anticipating the 10 days of ritual of Christmas all year round, but are you the most? In a few days, when you’re back at work and friends are swapping tales of the end of the year the achievements, what are you going to contribute? What should you do in the meantime? Maybe we can help you. If you’re like us, you’ll want to do something to do with the cars. This pause allows unprecedented time to think about what you have, or what you want to buy, and, above all, what you can do. Here’s a taste of what is on…
FIND MOTORSPORT EVENTS IN YOUR AREA
The Motor Sports Association (MSA), which allows most of the motor sport in the country, has a helpful website, which lists nearly two dozen protests throughout the country – all, of the non-competitive processions through the picturesque countryside (which can make great spectators) for the sporting trials on the muddy hills, a place of gatherings and a sprint on the Shirt.
View the events page, leave the “all” is selected, click on the “four weeks” on the right and there will be a dozen events pages to scroll through.
This could even be a great time to start your own career in motor sport if you are in the Cornwall area. The Truro and District Motor Club is the organization of an ‘initiation’ autosolo on 2 January. You can find more details here.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BROOKLANDS UP TO THE BIG DAY
On the Day of the Year at the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, conveniently located just inside London’s orbital M25 near Byfleet, is the famous old museum’s biggest day of the year. The last time it drew 7,000 people and 1600 classic cars, so many that they are going to have to limit cars on the site for 30 years or more this time.
Bring a new car, by all means, ” said the museum director Allan Winn, but you will be directed to The Heights, a large parking garage within easy walking distance. The food and drink is available, but come early or late: the traffic is hell, between 9 and 10am. Check out the details here.
TRY A TRACK DAY
You will not find a wide variety of events at this time of year, but help is always at hand. Javelin Trackdays has a car track day at Mallory Park, near Leicester, on the 30th of December (just a few days after his traditional Plum Pudding race meeting on Boxing Day) – more details here. We also spotted a club test day at Kames motorsport circuit in the south of Glasgow, East Ayrshire, on the 27th of December. You need to join East Ayrshire Car Club, after the entry which is only £35 per driver – more details here.
HOW ABOUT A SPOT OF OFF-PISTE?
In theory, you need a 4×4 and a redundant field owned by a friendly farmer, but it never works like that. Far better to go to one of the nine Land Rover Experience (LRE) centres spread across the most picturesque regions of the UK (and increasingly across Europe). You’ll have to drive on the 4×4 land Rover vehicles clean, learn the technique of driving by the book (essential for safety) and go home with a certificate, a large number of new knowledge and, possibly, the desire to own a Land Rover. Christmas hours of the various LRE centres vary widely because they are franchises, but most are open – details of the locations here.
TEST drive A JAGUAR F-PACE (OR ANY OTHER YOU WANT)
You don’t have the time to visit dealers, but there is a car, you’ve been burnt to try out, or maybe even purchase. The end of the year deals abound. Why not arrange a test drive? Receptionist at our Jaguar dealer, Guy Salmon of Thames Ditton, Surrey, told us that they will be open all day on four of the 10 days of break, and for less hours of work on two more. Ring first if the car is rare because it can take a bit of the organization.
TAKE IN A BANGER RACE
The competitors in this spectacular form of motor racing do not care about the rain and the mud, just like their hardy spectators do not care about the rain and the cold. You can find banger racing thrives in the country at this time of the year – including in Yarmouth, Birmingham and London, the world-famous Stade de Wimbledon. Want a competition called Micro Madness, in which four-a-side teams battle one another for a crazy at the end? Here’s your chance of a lot more here.
JOIN YOUR CAR CLUB FRIENDS ON A RACE
Car clubs the more often the scene of unusual activities at a time such as this one: the winter runs across the country, breakfast gatherings, perhaps even the interview sessions. At the Shelsley Walsh event, near Worcester, the Midland Automobile Club is planning traditional foot track on the Day of the Year, with walkers free to stroll between 10am and afternoon. The track is steep and it’s probably going to be very cold, but there is no better way to get acquainted with the world of oldest race track for the new season of this.
TO SEE A FILM OF CAR
If you have had the foresight to mention it before Christmas for your loved ones, maybe you’ll get a new copy of Senna, or the Grand Prize, or Genevieve, or Weekend of a Champion as part of your Christmas loot. Congratulations if.
However, our recommendation would be to find a theater showing the biopic Crash & Burn, the history of the life of the driver, Irishman Tommy Byrne, who briefly made it to Formula One and could have been better than Ayrton Senna, had he been able to resist the off-piste temptations.
“Forget Schumacher and Senna,” says Eddie Jordan. “Tommy Byrne was the best of all.” Watch the trailer here.
GO TO A NEW YEAR OF CLASSIC CAR MEET
Pubs with a large field tend to specialize in these. There is a huge New Year’s Day of the case in the Hampshire town of Hartley Wintney, which fills up the green surrounding of a pub called The Phoenix. The advice is to get there early. The number and variety of cars is mind-boggling.
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD YOU ALWAYS THINK ABOUT
We all have our favourite roads. To be properly appreciated, they must be fairly clear of traffic, and you will have noticed that in the previous Christmas breaks, that some days (the day after Boxing Day is good) that the roads can be very clear, because most people are still within the feast of the numbness fades. This is the time for you to lead.
Rural Scotland is dotted with beautiful roads, but there are fine roads wherever you live in the united KINGDOM. Whatever you drive, make an issue of this. Choose your route ahead of time, get up early, wear the right clothes, click to clear the cabin of something that makes noise, make sure the tyre pressure are spot-on, and the screen is crystal-clear on the inside and the outside. Dip the oil, fill the tank, make sure you wear the right shoes, and get ready for one of the most pleasant even more accessible to the experiences of modern life.
GET YOUR CAR DETAILED TO 2017
Note: we are in the process of saying “detailed”, and not just ‘cleaned’. In many areas, there are specialists for the operation of mobile vans that will come to your house and do the deep cleaning and polishing your job, your car would never have dreamed of. They will treat your car’s exterior surfaces with the potions that keep it clean – for example, Rainex for the windshield, a product that reduces the work of the wiper and helps keep the screen clear. Maybe you’ll even have those marked alloy wheels refurbished. Get the right people on the job and six months later, you will always feel glad you did.
If you have done any of these things, or few, do write to us and tell us how it happened to email@example.com. We are as eager as ever to hear readers ‘ points of view and exploits, so if you want your voice heard on this website or in our weekly magazine, this is an ideal way to start. Have a wonderful break.