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.
Bring a newer car, by all means, says museum director Allan Winn, but you’ll be directed to The Heights, a large parking area within easy walking distance. 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 won’t find a wide variety of events at this time of year, but help is still at hand. Javelin Trackdays has a car track day at Mallory Park, near Leicester, on 30 December (just a few days after its traditional Plum Pudding race meeting on Boxing Day) - details here. We’ve also spotted a club test day at Kames motorsport circuit, south of Glasgow, in East Ayrshire, on 27 December. You’d need to join the East Ayrshire Car Club, after which entry is just £35 per driver - details here.
HOW ABOUT A SPOT OF OFF-ROADING?
In theory, all you need is a 4x4 and a redundant field owned by a friendly farmer, but it never works like that. Far better to go to one of nine Land Rover Experience (LRE) centres distributed across the more scenic parts of the UK (and, increasingly, across Europe). You get to drive on tough 4x4 terrain in Land Rover’s own vehicles, learn driving technique by the book (essential for safety) and go home with a certificate, a lot of new knowledge and, potentially, the desire to own a Land Rover. Christmas hours of the various LRE centres vary widely because they’re franchises, but most are open - details of locations here.
TEST DRIVE A JAGUAR F-PACE (OR WHATEVER ELSE YOU FANCY)
You never get time to visit dealerships, but there’s a car you’ve been burning to try, or perhaps even buy. Year-end deals abound. Why not organise a test drive? A receptionist at our local Jaguar dealer, Guy Salmon of Thames Ditton, Surrey, tells us they’ll be open all day on four of the 10 days’ break, and for shorter hours on two more. Ring first if the car is rare, because it may take a bit of organising.