It was on this day in 1907 that the Brooklands 2.75 mile motor racing track opened for racing. It was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit as well as one of Britain’s first airfields. This airfield would become Britain’s largest aircraft manufacturing centre by by the end of the First World War, producing military aircraft such as the Wellington bomber and civil airliners like the VC-10. The circuit hosted its last race in 1939 and is now the Brooklands Museum – a major aviation and motoring museum. It is also still a track for fun with many vintage car, motorcycle and other transport-related events taking part.
We shall return to Brooklands as its story grows.