Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Part Two - Brooklands

A short walk from Mercedes Benz World is the home of British motorsport - Brooklands.

Excuse me if I copy from their Trail Guide:

"Brooklands is unique.  The World's first purpose-built motor circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey, by wealthy landowner Hugh Locke King in 1907, was more than a great sporting arena.
Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.

The museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits, ranging from giant racing cars such as the 24 litre Napier-Railton (see picture), to a unique collection of Vickers/BAC built aircraft - Wellington, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard VC10 and Concorde."

The museum is located in one corner of the race-track, inside the Members' Banking, the steepest section of the track, nearly 29ft high, before it curves on to the Railway Straight.
On the right is a picture of a 1924 35HP Long Chassis Tourer from Aston Martin.  
This particular car was rescued from scrap in 1939, and it's chassis used for a tractor for the Home Guard during WW2.  It has since been restored to its original condition, one of only two vintage Aston Martin tourers that 'survive'.

There is also a Grand Prix exhibition, including this McLaren Honda show car from 1991, as driven by Ayrton Senna.

Which leads me very nicely onto the next part of the day.

The purpose of my journey from Manchester to Woking.

Our visit to the McLaren Technology Centre, and a chance to see reigning Formula 1 World Champion - Lewis Hamilton.

You'll have to wait until tomorrow though!

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