Here’s how it always goes. You storm into the Christmas-New Year break in a flurry of overwork and frenzied present-buying like the last of the late brakers, and then the lay-off abruptly begins. For the first couple of days, you’re absorbed with family overindulgence and all is well. But soon doubts creep in.
You’ve been anticipating the 10-day ritual Christmas break all year, but are you making the most of it? In a few days, when you’re back to work and friends are swapping tales of year-end achievements, what will you contribute? What should you be doing in the meantime? Perhaps we can help. If you’re like us, you’ll want to do something to do with cars. This break allows you unprecedented time to think about what you own, or what you’d buy, and, above all, what you can do. Here’s a flavour of what’s on…
FIND MOTORSPORT EVENTS IN YOUR AREA
The Motor Sports Association (MSA), which licenses most of the motorsport in the country, has a very helpful website, which lists nearly two dozen events all over the country – everything from non-competitive processions through the scenic countryside (which can make great spectating) to sporting trials on muddy hillsides, one-venue rallies and a sprint on Jersey.
Bring up the events page, leave ‘all’ selected, click ‘four weeks’ on the right and there will be a dozen pages of events to scroll through.
This might even be a great time to launch your own motorsport career if you’re in Cornwall. The Truro and District Motor Club is staging a ‘taster’ autosolo on 2 January. You can find details here.
ENJOY BROOKLANDS’ BIGGEST DAY
New Year’s Day at the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, handily tucked just inside London’s orbital M25 near Byfleet, is the famous old museum’s biggest day of the year. Last time it attracted 7000 people and 1600 classic cars, so many that they’re going to have to limit cars on site to 30 years or older this time around.