Brooklands banked concrete track - IMG 8421

Surviving section of the Brooklands banked concrete track

The Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit was the first custom built motor racing circuit in 1907 and later a banked concrete track for high speed racing and setting speed records was created. It was built in 1907 by local land owner Hugh F. Locke King. It soon became an early aerodrome with grass landing strip. It was also used for early cycle races and the museum holds artefacts related to this part of its history.

It hosted its last full race in 1939.

The Mountain CircuitEdit

The Brooklands Mountain Circuit was a small section of the track giving a lap 1¼ miles long, running from the 'Fork' to the rear of Members' Hill and back. It was created in 1930 using movable barriers.

Other usesEdit

During WWI when it became part of an RAF flyer training base. Vickers Aviation Ltd set up a factory in 1915, and Brooklands soon became a major centre for the construction, testing and supply of military aeroplanes, and later during WWII Sections of the main track were dug up to expanded aircraft factories on the site, with other sections damage by German bombing raids.

It is now home to the Brooklands Museum and London Transport Museum, as well as a business park and The Mercedes-Benz World experience and test track.

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