Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit
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- RefNo: 3687
- Reference Number: SHHER_3687
- Site Name: Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit
- Grid Reference: 506750 162400
- Description: Motor racing circuit, Brooklands. Remains of the first banked track in the world, created in 1907 by Hugh Locke King, using mass concrete. The clubhouse, with copper dome and other features, still remains.
The world's first banked motor racing circuit, originally envisaged as a track for testing production cars when roads had a 20mph speed limit. It became a focus for national and international racing and test driving up to the Second World War, when the concrete track was camouflaged with earth and trees.
Brooklands also became a pioneer aviation centre when A V Roe succeeded in becoming airborne over the finishing straight in 1908. It was associated with the Sopwith, Avro, Vickers and Martinsyde aircraft companies, became the manufacturing base of Vickers-Armstrong before and after the Second World War and later became the headquarters of the British Aircraft Co. In 1984 Gallaghers purchased 40 acres at Brooklands and set aside 30 acres for a museum. (Also see SMRs 7085, 7308, 7516, 7351, 7352)
- Form: BUILDING
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