The UK's best New Year's Day classic car events
Start the New Year how you mean to go on – at a classic car event! Here are the UK's biggest
Brooklands New Year's Day Classic Gathering
Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey. 9am to 4pm
The best-known and best-attended of the UK's New Year's Day events. Everyone is welcome, with adults charged £13.50, 5-16-year-olds £7 each.
Along with hundreds of cars on display, you'll also get to see the famous banking, the newly uncovered original start-finish straight, the museum and the many automotive and aeronautic displays around the site.
If you're arriving in a classic, then see the Brooklands website for instructions on which gate to use. If you're not in a classic then use the event's public car park in The Heights off Wellington Way.
Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes, Bucks. 10.30am to 2pm
This one has quietly grown over recent years, and is enjoyed by those in the know for its relaxed atmosphere and wide variety of cars and motorcycles on display. Anyone is welcome to bring a classic vehicle – exhibitors can make a voluntary donation (£5 is recommended) towards the local Willen Hospice charity.
Pre-1940 classics are displayed around the Market Square, while later classics park along the High Street and Cofferidge Close. At midday, engines are fired up for a 'Minute's Noise', this year in honour of racing driver Jim Clark, who died in 1968.
Entry is free for spectators but there will be collections for the Willen Hospice. More information on the event on the Vintage Stony website.
Yeovil Car Club New Year's Day Meet
Haselbury Mill, Crewkerne, Somerset. 10am to 2pm
Another informal meet, with any pre-1985 classic welcome to join the line-up. Admission is £2 for car, whether classic or modern.
Visit the Yeovil Car Club website for more information.
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The Ace Cafe Hangover Meet
Ace Cafe, North Circular, London. 10am to 5pm
Turn up at the famous Ace Cafe in north London for a recovery fry-up and to check out the wide variety of cars and motorcycles that attend every year.
Entry is free, atmosphere is informal, bacon rolls and cups of tea virtually compulsory. In the evening, from 6pm, there's a German bikes 'n' cars meet.
Classic Cars on the Prom
Bournemouth, Dorset. 11am to 2pm
This is a regular gathering throughout the year, but the New Year's Day event is extra popular. It takes place on Beacon Road, Bournemouth (BH2 5DL), behind the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) on West Overcliff Promenade.
There's no charge to enter, and all vehicles registered before August 1983 can be displayed.
More information on the Classic Cars on the Prom website.