Wonders of motoring's past gathering for Brooklands Reunion

Rich history: Brooklands has a huge role in motoring's past

Rich history: Brooklands has a huge role in motoring's past

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Brooklands Museum is turning back the clock next month with a special day to celebrate its history.

The Brooklands Reunion on July 13 marks 75 years since Brooklands’ racing circuit was closed shortly before the start of World War II.

Cars will return to the track once again as the 32-acre site the museum and circuit sit on welcomes hundreds of pre-war vehicles, including many which graced the track during its racing heyday.

The celebratory day includes demonstrations on test hill from classic vehicles and groups of cars will form in grids, speeding down the home straight to the finish line.

The event also heralds the return of the Sunbeam 350hp, which set the outright world landspeed record on a closed circuit when K Lee Guinness reached 133.7 mph at Brooklands on May 17, 1922.

The Sunbeam then went on to set a land speed record of 146.16 mph while driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1924 at Pendine Sands, Wales.

To complete the experience, bookies with chalk boards will feature selling raffle tickets and a programme in the form of a race card for the event.

The circuit, which opened in 1907, was the first purpose-built motor racing circuit in the world and saw many races during the time it was open.

Since the track’s last race in August 1939, Brooklands survived bombing runs during the Blitz and has been used for aviation testing and manufacturing, such as the Concorde.

During recent years, the area has become the home to a museum detailing this country’s cycling, motoring and aviation history.

Those who own pre-war vehicles are able to bring them this event by completing entry forms found on Brooklands Museum’s website.

People wishing to attend are encouraged to dress in vintage clothing to add to the atmosphere.

Brooklands Reunion; Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge; July 13, 10am to 5pm, £6 to £30; call 01932 857381 or visit brooklandsmuseum.com.

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