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APOLOGIES e continue to suffer from a lack of space and again would ask you to bear with us while we await the go ahead to move to a larger format. You will see in this Bulletin more than one reference to an opinion survey which the new Museum CEO is commissioning. Once this has been completed and reported we hope to have approval to develop the magazine to accommodate all your contributions. In the meantime, apologies to everyone who has submitted articles which have not yet appeared – we will get them in as soon as possible, please don’t stop them coming.
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News Reunion ....................................................................7 Aviation Day ..............................................................9 Double Twelve ........................................................11 Touring the Isle of Man ............................................14 BTM Talk – the Queen's Flight ................................15 BTM Talks ................................................................18 Hampton Court concours ........................................19 Goodwood Revival ..................................................22 BTM Talk – John Barnard ........................................24 View from the Clubhouse ........................................27 Kop Hill Climb ........................................................28 Sussex Meander ......................................................29 Museum vehicles on the starting line ......................33 Hurricane ................................................................34 Brooklands at Monterey ..........................................35 First to the Fastest ....................................................36 Summer campaign ..................................................37 Welcome Amanda Squires ......................................37 'First Flight' talk clarification ..................................38 Motoring 'natter' evening ........................................38 Have your say ..........................................................38 Shere Hill Climb ......................................................39 Supercars answer a question ....................................42 From Staines to Lake Como ....................................45
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Updates Museum Collections ............................................52 Estates and Heritage ............................................53 Outreach ..............................................................56 Car Rides ..............................................................57 Motoring Volunteers ............................................59 Motorcycle Volunteers ..........................................61 Filming and photography ....................................66 Learning ..............................................................66
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Front cover photo: Dakota flypast at the Community Park’s Brooklands Fun Day by Stefan Lange.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS Dates and details are subject to change, so please check the Museum website at www.brooklandsmuseum.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01932 857381 (or other contact details given) for up to date information. BTM events are shown in bold. Angela Hume, Tim Morris, Jeni Larwood and Steve Clarke will be very happy to give you further information on these, but are unable to help with the other entries in the list.
Regular social events held at the Museum The Members Bar is normally open to Club level members every Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunchtimes from 12 noon to 3.00pm (last food orders 2.00pm). Additional openings are made when the Museum is running major events on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays. It is possible to check availability for these by calling the catering sales team on 01932 858005. All Brooklands Trust Members are welcome at the ‘Motoring Natter Evening’ on each second Tuesday of the month in the Bar at 7.00pm (further details from Danny Byrne on 01932 829814). The Museum is open every day from 10.00am to 4.00pm from November to February and 10.00am to 5.00pm March to October.
Torchlight Tour. Includes two-course meal with a glass of mulled wine. Pre-booking only via email@example.com 24th-26th Museum closed for Christmas.
NOVEMBER 4th 8th 11th
Autumn Classic Breakfast. Test Hill in action. Gates open 7.45am. Parking in The Heights*. BTM Coach Trip to the Mini plant at Oxford. Now full. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org Prepare for Peace. BTM marks the centenary of the day World War One ended, with special guest Jenny Lockyer. The evening will also feature four short plays, ‘Four Families of the Fallen’. Starts at 4.30pm. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. Torchlight Tour. Includes bowl of hot soup with rustic bread. Pre-booking only via email@example.com BTM Annual Dinner. Tickets £75. Our new President, Damon Hill OBE will be attending. Speaker motoring journalist and commentator Simon Taylor. Dress code black tie or white overalls. Now full. See website for details. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Military Vehicles Day. Displays of military vehicles and living history re-enactors. Action on the Mercedes-Benz World 4x4 Course. Test Hill ascents. Parking in The Heights*. BTM Event. ‘Automobiles, Motorcycles and Aircraft’ Join artist in residence John Whurr with an exhibition of original works and commissions. Blue Bird room 12.00-4pm. Piano music in the Members’ Bar at lunchtime.
JANUARY 2019 1st 15th 17th
FEBRUARY 13th 17th 21st
New Year’s Day Gathering. Pre-1979 classics parking on the Museum site. Displays. Parking in The Heights*. Torchlight Tour. Includes bowl of hot soup with rustic bread. Pre-booking only via events @brooklandsmuseum.com BTM Talk. BT Member and Director of the Rob Walker Centenary Parade in Dorking, Rob Rennie will talk about the RRC Walker Racing Team of the 1950s and 60s. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. Film Night and two-course dinner. A chance to join fellow motor sport enthusiasts for a night of food and historic Brooklands and motor sport films in advance of the VSCC Winter Driving Tests. Pre-booking required. See Museum website for details. VSCC Winter Driving Tests. Pre-war driving test action on Test Hill and Finishing Straight. Parking in The Heights*.
BTM Talk. Phil Holt will talk about the making of the 1969 film ‘Battle of Britain’. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. Concorde Champagne Day. Contact Concorde Operations, 01932 857381 ext 266 or 237. BTM Christmas lunch. Adults £37, chidren under-12 £18. Speaker Nick Thomas ‘My life as a freelance comedy writer’. Contact angelahume@brooklands members.co.uk
Torchlight Tour. Includes bowl of hot soup with rustic bread. Pre-booking only via events @brooklandsmuseum.com Winter Classic Breakfast. Displays and Test Hill in action. Gates open from 7.45am. BTM Talk. Harry Sherrard returns to talk about the Battle of Britain, a German perspective. He unearths unknown German plans. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details.
MARCH 24th 31st
Mini Day. Club displays, trade village, Test Hill in action. Parking in The Heights*. Bentley Drivers’ rally finish. Parking in The Heights*.
London Bus Museum Spring Gathering. Bus displays, bus rides, trade Stalls. Parking in The Heights*.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS 8th-20th Half-term family activities (including Car Rides subject to weather and serviceability). Weekdays only and excluding Bank holidays. 14th MG Era. Test Hill ascents, club stands, diplays, cavalcade on Mercedes-Benz circuit. Parking in The Heights*. 26th-27th Drive-in Movie Night. Two screenings of popular and Brooklands-themed movies. 5.30pm for children. 8.30pm for adults. See Museum website for booking and film details. Cars need to be pre-booked. 28th British Marques Day. Displays, club stands, trade stalls, Test Hill ascents. Parking in The Heights*.
Please note that for all events marked ‘Parking in The Heights*’ designated vehicles only can enter via the Campbell Gate. All other members including Club level and visitors please park in The Heights or main public car park unless otherwise specified.
Emergency Services Day. Demonstrations and displays of classic and modern emergency vehicles. Meet the people who help our communities. Parking in The Heights*. Brooklands Vintage Festival. Celebrating the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Re-enactment groups, dance lessons, live music, pre-1970 vehicles, trade village, best dressed competition, aircraft fly-ins (subject to operational conditions). Parking in The Heights*.
Parking arrangements for other weekend events are:
Italian Car Day. Action on Mercedes-Benz World circuit, Test Hill ascents, trade stalls, club displays. Premium Event, details on the website. Parking in The Heights*.
• Club level members – entry via Campbell Gate and parking outside the Paddock (period/classic vehicles only inside the Paddock by invitation. Please abide by staff directions) • All other members and visitors – entry via main public entrance off Brooklands Drive.
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A CLOCKWORK CAR? YOU’RE WINDING ME UP
not many today will remember these cars made in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, but they did compete regularly at Brooklands either side of WWI and even in the French Grand Prix. A certain Woolf Barnato campaigned Calthorpes in his early career, winning a race at Brooklands in 1921 at the Whitsun meeting. The lovely two-seater 1911 Calthorpe at the Reunion had a particularly prominent radiator, not dissimilar to a ‘Bull-Nose’ Morris. The oldest car was a 1903 Achilles. Seen one before? Me neither. They were made in Frome, Somerset between 1903 and 1908. I have heard of a Stanley ‘steamer’, although I can’t recall seeing one in the metal before, so to see a 1914 example was intriguing. There was something eerie about
Fiat Topolino (Gareth Tarr)
The 2018 Brooklands Reunion
ecord cars, motor bikes, aeroplanes, road cars, bicycles, racing cars, commercial vehicles and no end of weird contraptions that were the ‘next big thing’…. Brooklands has seen them all. But a clockwork car, surely you’re having a laugh? Well OK, that big key on the back of the 1930s Fiat ‘Topolino’ 500 was a mock-up but it perhaps showed that the Brooklands Reunion is an event that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Don’t, however, be fooled into thinking it is in any way ‘Mickey Mouse’. The Reunion is the one Brooklands event uniquely for vehicles from the circuit’s active period (ie pre-World War II) and that requirement is strictly applied. It means a chance to wallow in forgotten names of the past – Morris, Austin, Talbot, Alvis, Lagonda, Calthorpe – most of us have a fond memory of one of these. Calthorpe? OK
The oldest car was a 1903 Achilles (Gareth Tarr).
Two-seater 1911 Calthorpe tackles the Test Hill (Gareth Tarr).
1904 Stanley steamer glides silently up the Hill (Gareth Tarr).
Norton was just one of the famous names from the past (Gareth Tarr). the almost silent way it moved, with steam billowing out of the rear. Later it tackled the Test Hill, gently slowing down as it reached the peak. Was it going to fail? Of course not, with all that torque it serenely crept the final yards. “Well judged, Sir”. The motor bikes have no such problems with the Hill and there were several in action for those who take their nostalgia in two-wheeled form. AJS, Zenith, Norton, Rudge and Velocette are some of the famous names of the past. ‘Made in England’ it proudly states on the casing that is part of the Velocette’s engine. Ahhh… there was a time… Many marques are still with us today. MG, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Vauxhall and Morgan all remind us that a British motor industry still thrives, even if much of it is foreign-owned. Is the distinctive character of these makes that were laid down in the 1920s and 30s the thing
1934 MG Q-type (Gareth Tarr). that still attracts buyers and therefore investors today? The 1934 MG Q-type with single-seater body that competed in the 1935 and 1936 Brooklands 500 miles and 1937 Brooklands 500 kilometre races reminds us that the Track played a part in establishing the reputations of these cars. AC is one of the oldest of British makes and the leaping dog mascot on the top of the radiator of
AC Greyhound (Gareth Tarr). jobbies. But apart from the Topolino there were two more representatives of Fabbrica Italiana Automobili di Torino, both 508 Balillas; one with a pretty sports body, the other a slimmed down racer. There was also an Alfa Romeo, the James Young-bodied example that was seen earlier in the year at Auto Italia. Out of character with the rest of Britain’s 2018 glorious summer, the poor weather may have deterred many from attending the Reunion. And there were no grand events such as the unveiling of the Scoreboard in 2017, but for those who did come these was much to enjoy. ‘The right crowd and no crowding’, now where did that phrase come from? Gareth Tarr
a rakish sports car instantly identifies this as a Greyhound version of the marque. What a great name for a car! Today it’s a dull combination of letters and numbers ‘XYZ99’ or a contrived, inoffensive name that ‘works in all markets’. It is details such as the Greyhound that delight in these older cars. The circular panel on a vintage Bentley contained knobs to change the fuel richness but also stated the address of the company (Hanover Street, London W1, if you were asking) and the chassis number (573). That the Reunion is dominated by home-grown marques reflects the parochial times these cars were originally bought in, when very few people took a chance with one of those curious foreign
The Jet Ranger arrives at Mercedes-Benz World (Katharine Allen).
which had a non-stop programme of aviation, both on the ground and in the air. At around 10.30am Gary Savage landed in a Jet Ranger helicopter and parked at the far end of the
he weather was dry and bright, perfect for the fly-ins that kicked off the annual Aviation Day at the Museum on Sunday 16th September. In all, nearly 1,300 visitors attended the event
de Havilland Tiger Moth G-AOBX (Katharine Allen)
the aircraft in 2009 shortly before it retired. Visitors were directed to the Aircraft Park where Volunteers welcomed them, ready to open up the cockpits for some real hands-on experiences and the Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed remained busy all day. Another highlight which proved very popular was the raffle to win the chance to lower the nose of Concorde. In total, ÂŁ300 was raised in tickets on the day and the lucky winner, announced at 3.00pm, lowered the famous droop nose after a countdown from Chief Concorde Pilot Captain Mike Bannister. A huge crowd gathered to watch the spectacle which saw lots of sharing on social media immediately. In the Paddock, pedal planes organised by YES (Youth and Education Support, part of the Light
airstrip at Mercedes-Benz World ahead of the four vintage bi-planes that followed. First to arrive was de Havilland Tiger Moth G-AOBX which ferried Vice President Allan Winn from White Waltham. Bringing up the rear was a 1931 de Havilland Gypsy Moth that gave the crowd two passes before touching down. Over on the Museum site, the SE5a and Sopwith Camel made an impressive statement on the Finishing Straight, as did the Demoiselle, Sports White and Baby White replica aircraft which demonstrated their engines. Last to be fired up was the mighty Vickers Vimy, expertly piloted for the static run by Clive Edwards who last flew
1931 de Havilland Gypsy Moth (Katharine Allen).
Aircraft Association) combined with the Museum’s to number 31 in total, beating the previous record for a single gathering of 28 held by the USA. As they assembled themselves with their young pilots for a photo call, three of the bi-planes departed from the airstrip at MercedesBenz and flew in formation overhead, just beyond the Clubhouse, as a fitting end to the day. Paul Stewart
Concorde with its famous droop nose (Katharine Allen)
Vintage plane line-up (Katharine Allen).
DOUBLE TWELVE 2018
he 10th running of the modern-era Brooklands Double Twelve saw a ‘double’ of its own, with Tim Jarrett taking his second overall win of the event, driving Alastair Pugh’s 1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328. It was also a second opportunity for Katie Forrest – after her sterling
Tim Jarrett (centre) overall winner driving Alastair Pugh’s 1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328. Katie Forrest (left) took runner-up slot with her 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Neil Manley was in third place with his 1962 Jaguar E-type (Katharine Allen).
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Tim Jarrett on the track at Mercedes-Benz World (Katharine Allen). performance at the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s January Driving Tests – to star, taking the runner’sup slot with her 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. And it was yet another occasion for serial Double Twelve award-winner Neil Manley to take home a trophy for his third place with his 1962 Jaguar E-type, in a weekend of outstanding competition and entertainment organised in conjunction with the VSCC. The practice sessions of Saturday’s Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit fell victim to some organisational issues, meaning that most competitors managed only one run, but with the problems resolved by lunchtime, all enjoyed at least two timed runs in the afternoon. Yet again it was good to see cars with genuine Brooklands history featuring in the results, with Terry Crabb’s
ERA R12C (which uses the frame and other parts of the car which B Bira wrote off at Rheims in 1939) taking outright fastest time of the day at 42.61 seconds. Terry’s expected challenger for top honours – Julian Grimwade’s single-seat Frazer Nash – succumbed to transmission bothers in practice, so Tony Seber had second-fastest time at 45.52 seconds in his 1934 Wolseley Hornet Special, with Ed Burgess next-fastest with his 1932 Bugatti Type 51 at 45.74 seconds. Fastest Vintage car was Bo Williams’ 1926/27 Bugatti Type 35B; fastest lady driver was Sue Darbyshire with her 1929 Morgan Super Aero three-wheeler at 46.62 seconds and fastest young driver was last year’s overall Double Twelve winner, Robin Gale, with his 1934 Riley Special at 48.87 seconds. A shortage of marshals meant that Sunday’s Driving Tests were slightly limited in scope, if not in action, with just four test sites (the Test Hill and three on the Finishing Straight) being visited twice with subtly different layouts each time. Best (ie lowest) overall score of the day went to the winner of the Pre-War Sports Car class, Paul Compton with his 1934 Wolseley Aerees Special – the poster car of the 2016 Double Twelve. Second-best overall score came from the winner of the Pre-War Touring class, Harry Hoskins with his 1929 Morris Cowley. Other class winners were Katie Forrest, Frazer Sloan (1925 Trojan Utility), Amelia Wooding (1966 MG Midget), Neil Manley, Max Linnington (1968 Volkswagen Beetle) and Struan Armstrong-Wilson (1962 Rover 100). The third leg of the Double Twelve – the Concours – was also judged on the Sunday. Class winners were previous Double Twelve overall winner David Bracey (this time with his 1936 Lagonda LG45), Ian Barclay (1964 Aston Martin DB4), Katie Forrest, William Pembroke (1932 Invicta Low-Chassis S-Type), Mark Garfitt (1937
Parts of the Brooklands Track formed the base of some awards (Katharine Allen).
Frazer Nash-BMW 319/55, another car with Brooklands history), Tim Jarrett and Neil Manley. The overall winner of the Concours was judged to be William Pembroke – his Invicta is one of the two white cars of this type which were owned in period by ERA and BRM-founder Raymond Mays, and is in wonderfully patinated original condition. As ever, the Double Twelve weekend was enlivened by aircraft engine runs – with both of Julian Aubert’s White monoplanes and his Demoiselle and the Museum’s Sopwith Camel performing, unusually on the Banking at the top of the Finishing Straight – and the ever-popular and spectacular Test Hill Challenge. Allan Winn Andrew Lewis demonstrates how to start an aero engine with a balletic movement (Katharine Allen).
TOURING THE ISLE OF MAN IN 17 MINUTES BTM Talk – Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman (left) with Steve Parrish.
port is littered with memorable statistics that define a team or person. For example, 42, 9.58 seconds and 99.94* will be remembered and immediately linked by aficionados to a particular favorite. So what is the significance of 135.452 mph? Well remarkably that is the Isle of Man TT lap record set this year by Peter Hickman; just 16 minutes, 42.778 seconds to cover the 37.7 miles of the course. Peter Hickman recounted the story behind this achievement and other adventures in his career in conversation with Steve Parrish at the September Brooklands Trust Members’ Classic Talk. As with many motorcycle aces, Peter’s family strongly opposed him getting involved with twowheeled transport. Then his dad, a former racer himself, took Peter to Cadwell Park and the son was hooked. He bought his first bike – a Kawasaki AR50 – aged 12 and hid it for a week before telling his dad. Father David realised that Peter was going to pursue biking whatever so decided to bring his experience and skills to help his son’s career. Peter’s racing career started on mini-motos and then he moved up to the Aprilla series and by 2002 he was racing Superbikes, only five years after starting his career. Superbikes though don’t pay much and it was a hand to mouth existence. Through his father, Peter had plenty of experience but no money, and
it isn’t cheap to compete. A complete Superbike series for one year costs £30,000 in tyres alone. After many years nearly making it in track racing Peter found himself with something of a dilemma for 2014. Peter’s father had told him that if he ever did road racing he would never speak to him again, but when Peter broached the issue his dad reluctantly relented. Peter had already visited the TT as a spectator but 2014 was to be his first time
working to satisfy commercial backers. The team is rumoured to cost £3 to 4-million a year to run. There are many similar patrons throughout motorbike racing and the sport depends on them. One advantage of this arrangement is that the team is not tied to specific suppliers and when Peter Hickman joined he insisted on changing the front forks supplier which transformed his machine. And so to that lap. Peter insists that he wasn’t thinking of lap records; he just wanted to win the race. He knew his closest rivals were near to him on speed but his road racing experience gives him an advantage over the mountain section. One factor to consider is fuel – the bikes do about 13mpg – so you have to ride in a manner to make best use of that. After completing that recordbreaking lap, Peter’s BMW was put on a dyno and it ran out of petrol. He doesn’t go to the TT to earn money, just to enable him to keep racing. If you led every lap of the Senior TT and won it, you would earn around £18,000. Today Peter carries sponsorship from Trooper beer which is manufactured by Robinsons for the heavy metal rock group Iron Maiden. The 135.452mph TT lap record will probably be beaten soon. Just another 8mph means passing 143.44mph but that seems a huge jump. Now what is the significance of 143.44 mph? *1966 World Cup final England 4 West Germany 2, Usain Bolt 100-metre World Record 9.58 seconds, Don Bradman Test batting average 99.94. Gareth Tarr
competing. His preparation for the Isle of Man races was relentless; he spent hours watching onbike footage of the circuit and visited the island seven times, doing 70 laps of the TT circuit to learn it. The TT organisers are very helpful in providing flights, accommodation and hire cars for those who want to learn as Peter did. Before racing in anger, first time riders have to do one lap behind a marshal. One piece of advice Peter received was that if he was unfamiliar with any section, ride down the middle of the road. Was this because that is where the road surface was best? No, it was furthest from the trees! All the time given to preparation was well spent however, as Peter was to set the fastest ever rookie lap time in his debut TT at 129mph. Peter reflected that after the TT, circuit racing feels slow and it takes time to readjust. In reality circuit racing is tougher as you push the bikes harder, taking them nearer to the limit. The grip levels are lower at the TT and the braking more gentle. On his second year at the TT Peter did a 131mph lap on a Superstock bike, another record. In general Superstocks are easier to ride than Superbikes as they are more like a road bike. You can push a Superbike harder but you have to have it well set up, otherwise it can “be a pig”. Peter races for Smiths Racing BMW, a private team with some manufacturer support. The Smith family has extensive business interests and the racing team is mostly funded from their own resources with minimal sponsorship, the owners preferring to spend time on the team rather than
BTM TALK – THE QUEEN’S FLIGHT
ometimes it is the people behind the news that have great stories to tell, and when you have flown the Royal Family for over 20 years there are plenty of memories in the locker. Such a person is Squadron Leader Graham Laurie MVO RAF (Ret’d) who gave the July Brooklands Trust Members’ Classic Talk on the history of the Queen’s/King’s Flight. During World War I the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) was the first royal to fly and after the war his younger brother Prince Albert (later George VI) learnt to fly, earning his wings by the end of 1919. After WWI the Prince of Wales also started flying under the tutelage of Captain Barker but the King (George V) was sceptical of the risks and banned any further royal sorties into the air.
Squadron Leader Graham Laurie (Gareth Tarr).
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tear on the rivets. At this stage the Queen’s Flight started to use helicopters, the initial trials being performed by Brian Trubshaw, later to be a Concorde test pilot. Initially Westland Whirlwinds were used but these were eventually replaced by Wessex helicopters. Helicopters enabled the royal personage to perform five engagements in a day rather than three and of course could land much nearer to the necessary location. The logistics of running the Queen’s Flight meant that they always had to be ready. King Hussein’s death was announced at 10.00am and by 5.00pm the same day Graham Laurie was flying Prince Charles to the funeral. Over the years the catering facilities have improved, the BAe 146s introduced in 1986 and still used today are particularly good for cooking. Mostly food is supplied by British Airways or sometimes by a local top hotel. On one occasion, Fray Bentos tinned pies had to be used and the royals loved them! The key requirements for the Queen’s Flight are safety, comfort and being on time. To achieve the last to within a window of plus or minus five seconds a safety time of seven minutes per hour is built into each journey. In 1995, following the Pocock Report, the Queen’s Flight was disbanded and now the role is sub-contracted by a variety of means. Squadron Leader Laurie recounted some of his personal experiences from over 20 years with the flight, recalling that he had flown most of the world, except New Zealand, Australia and parts of Canada which are covered by local providers. It is important to make sure that the correct Royal Standard is flown because there is a different one for Commonwealth countries. Graham’s favourite destination was Chitral in northern Pakistan where landing requires a 45-degree turn and there is a rock face at the end of the runway. His most memorable flight however was on 31st August 1997 when he had to fly the body of Princess Diana back to England. He flew the Prince of Wales over 700 times and was presented with a pair of Asprey cufflinks after their last flight together. Whilst researching this article I came across a book released by Woodfield Publishing, A history of the King’s Flight and the Queen’s Flight, costing £15. For those with a desire for further knowledge on the subject the link is http://woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p107.html Gareth Tarr
It wasn’t until 1928 that the Prince of Wales was able to persuade his father to allow him to fly on a royal visit, and soon after the Prince purchased a de Havilland Gypsy Moth. The King laid down a requirement that the Prince should complete one solo flight after which he must be accompanied by an RAF pilot. That RAF pilot was usually Edward ‘Mouse’ Fielden. Amongst the planes that the Prince of Wales owned was a Vickers Viastra and during its construction he visited Brooklands to advise on specification. King George V and Queen Mary never flew but the King did wear honorary RAF wings. George V died in early 1936 and on 21st July of that year the King’s Flight was officially formed, based at Hendon, with its Captain being Mouse Fielden. At the time the aeroplane used was a de Havilland Dragon Rapide and when the King abdicated in December he took the Rapide with him, leaving Fielden to source an Airspeed Envoy as replacement. At the start of World War II the King’s Flight moved to RAF Benson and an armed Lockheed Hudson was bought, although its guns were never used in anger. A dedicated royal plane was considered vulnerable to enemy attack so on 4th February 1942 the King’s Flight was disbanded. The following year Mouse Fielden was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. At the end of the war the King’s Flight was re-constructed, again under the command of Fielden, and four Vickers Vikings were purchased from the Brooklands factory. One notable tour for the Vikings was to South Africa in 1947, the King and Princess Elizabeth flying separately so that any crash would involve only one of them, a protocol that survives today. The Viking had a separate royal cabin with two seats and a telephone to converse with the Steward or Captain. On the death of the monarch in 1952 there was a name change to the Queen’s Flight. A year later the Duke of Edinburgh learnt to fly at White Waltham using a Chipmunk, a plane in which his eldest son also learnt to fly. Meanwhile the Vikings were replaced by de Havilland Herons which drew the response, “We asked for a Daimler and they gave us a Ford”. The Herons, which did not have pressurised cabins, flew at less than 10,000ft and were not much of an advance. The next plane – a Hawker Siddeley Andover – used a new ICI polyurethane paint which made washing the aircraft much easier and saved wear and
BROOKLANDS TRUST MEMBERS’ TALKS
Peter Hickman on stage with Steve Parrish (Gareth Tarr).
ecords were broken during the past couple of months, the first at our Motor Sport Legends evening on Thursday 26th July with the former McLaren and Ferrari designer John Barnard. Not only did the attendee numbers break the record, but so did the temperature. Despite the provision of portable air conditioning units, the mercury hit an all-time high in the Napier Room on the hottest night of the year, 250 bottles of water saved the day! Our second record was on the evening of 4th September, the occasion, an evening with TT and Superbike racer Peter Hickman in conversation with Steve Parrish. For the first time ever, due to the number of people trying to get in, we had to delay the start of the event. Like many of you, I found the evening one of the very best. Peter was a charming and eloquent guest and it was a privilege to listen to him. So, we move into the final days of 2018. On Sunday 11th November we will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with what we think to be a very unique event – ‘Prepare for Peace’. Running these events has taught me to be flexible in content and make changes along the way, and this event is no exception. Tim Morris made me aware of a local initiative from the R C Sherriff Trust and the Quick Fix Theatre. (Robert Cedric Sherriff was a Surrey-born WWI playwright, best known for Journey’s End.) Four Families of the Fallen are four original short plays inspired by four real Elmbridge families to mark the centenary of the Great War. We have decided to make these plays the focus of our tribute to that generation along with music and WWI poetry
readings from the actress Jenny Lockyer. It will be a unique and moving occasion suitable for all generations and we would encourage families to attend. It will be a free event, but tickets still need to be booked. It will start at 4.30pm. Instructions for booking tickets are at the end of this article. Our final 2018 talk will take place on Monday 3rd December at 7.30pm. We will be in the safe hands of our old friend Phil Holt. This time he will be talking about the making of the 1969 classic film Battle of Britain.
2019 Our first Classic Talk for 2019 will feature Brooklands Trust Member and Director of the Rob Walker Centenary Parade in Dorking, Rob Rennie. Rob will focus on the achievement of the R R C Walker Racing Team in the 1950s and 60s, featuring drivers such as Moss, Brabham, Siffert, Bonnier, Hill, Rindt and Trintignant. This is still the most successful privateer racing team in Formula One with a total of nine Grand Prix victories. We will also show highlights of both the Goodwood Revival tribute and Dorking parade, on the evening of Thursday 17th January. On Thursday 21st February Harry Sherrard will return with a unique topic, the Battle of Britain – a German perspective. Harry will reveal previously unknown German plans for the battle. We hope to start our Motor Sport Legends Talks with an evening in the company of Damon Hill and Simon Taylor, date to be confirmed. This is expected to be a high demand event and it will be restricted to a members’ only evening. Dialogue is continuing with Simon Taylor, Steve Parrish and Steve Cropley to bring you the
very best Motor Sport Legends throughout 2019. In the pipeline for Classic Talks we have ‘From Send to Syracuse’ – the history of Connaught Cars with Graham Rabagliati. We will be presenting, ‘The Bruce McLaren Legacy’ with Amanda McLaren, the recovery, restoration and running of Donald Campbell’s K7 Bluebird and the return of our good friend and international aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor, who will talk about her new film based on her flight from Farnborough to Sydney in 2015-16. Two more important dates to mention. On Friday 15th June we will be marking the first transatlantic air crossing by Alcock and Brown with renowned expert Captain Cyril Mannion and on Friday 18th July we will celebrate Apollo 11 landing on the moon with an evening of 1960s music and fashion nostalgia, time to find those
flares and kaftans! We think that’s enough for now! Just to remind you how easy it is to book tickets for all these events. For Classic Talks, including ‘Prepare for Peace’, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07880 670359. For the Motor Sport Legends series go to brooklandsmuseum.com/members and follow links for on-line sales or call Tim Morris or Jeni Larwood in the BTM Office, 01932 857381, extension 226 (Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm). To check out the food menu for each talk please call 07857 874456 (recorded announcement) available four days before the event. Thank you all for your continued support. Steve Clarke and the Talks Team
THE TAJ MAHAL AT HAMPTON COURT
Katie Forrest’s 1912 Rolls-Royce (Gareth Tarr).
hose who braved the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s Driving Tests at Brooklands in January will surely remember Katie Forrest in the magnificent 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost ‘Taj Mahal’. At the Concours of Elegance held in September at Hampton Court, the Royal Automobile Club presented Katie with a Spirit of Motoring Award, her venture to Brooklands ably demonstrating that ‘spirit’. Shipped to India in 1913, this car was purchased by the Maharajah of Nabha and spent over 60 years in the owner-
ship of the same family. During its time in India it was briefly used by the Indian Air Force during World War II and returned to the UK in the early 1990s. Her current custodians have done over 75,000 miles without failure in the Ghost, known as ‘Nellie’. Glen Kidston may have been one of the Bentley boys but earlier in his career he ran a 1925 Bugatti Type 35. Picking it up from the factory he first raced it at the Grand Prix de Provence. On return to England he raced the car at Brooklands,
This Bugatti Type 35 raced at Brooklands (Gareth Tarr). winning the Short Handicap at the Easter meeting and lapping at over 110mph at the Whitsun when finishing second. By the end of the year he had retired from racing to pursue Nancie Soames who he was to marry. Today the car is owned by Glen’s nephew Simon Kidston and he displayed the car at Hampton Court. Cath Kidston is his granddaughter. Completing a trio of cars with a Brooklands history was the 1924 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio owned by Ellie and Christopher Mann. Designed by the first great Alfa engineer – Giuseppe Merosi
– only nine RL TFs were made, between 1923 and 1924. Ugo Svicco won the 1923 Sicilian classic in one and no lesser figure than Enzo Ferrari used one to win the Circuito di Savio the same year. One of the factory cars at the 1924 Targa, the Mann’s Alfa was then shipped to the UK and registered on 20th November 1924 for Agostino Lanfranchi to race at Brooklands. It appeared many times at the Track, often winning and with a best lap of 94mph. The Alfa has also been used as a wedding ‘get away’ car four times, showing its versatility. Gareth Tarr
Another Brooklands veteran, the 1924 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio owned by the Manns (Gareth Tarr).
BROOKLANDS AT THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL
The 1958 Jaguar Mk1 (IVA 400) leading the field on its way to winning the Jack Sears Memorial Trophy, driven by John Young (Nigel Webb).
n the second weekend of September the 11th Duke of Richmond and Gordon hosted the 20th running of the Goodwood Revival with Brooklands well represented. On Friday evening the Kinrara Trophy, a onehour, two-driver race proved to be a great taste of things to come with a field of cars estimated to be valued at more than £200 million. 10 Ferrari 250 SWBs competed against Jaguar E-types and Aston Martins, but it was the Ferrari known as ‘The Breadvan’, driven by five time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro, which came home first. Steve Gray of Brooklands Cars, which is situated at the top of the Test Hill, drove his AC Buckland (a family touring car) in the Fordwater Trophy. This car was invited as it was the first AC to race at Goodwood in period. Some of the cars Steve competed against were Jaguars and Aston Martins, many of which are far quicker than the AC, but by the time the race had ended his skilful
driving ensured a third of the field finished behind him. Member and gentleman racer Nigel Webb had entered five cars in as many races and experienced a mixture of fortunes with his Jaguars. The highlight came on Sunday when his Mk1, driven by John Young in the Jack Sears Memorial Trophy, romped home in first place. Rob Walker, who contested his first motor race at Brooklands in 1938 driving the ex-Prince Bira 3.5-litre Delahaye and who in 1940 launched the Pippbrook Garage business in Dorking, was celebrated by way of a track parade consisting of some of his most famous cars. The R R C Walker Racing Team is still the most successful privateer team in Formula One with a total of nine Grand Prix victories. Motorbikes were also well represented and the Barry Sheene Memorial Race created something which will go down in Goodwood history. John
Steve Gray’s AC Buckland (Angela Hume).
McGuinness, the king of the Isle of Man TT races, was leading the race when he was overtaken by Troy Corser riding a BMW which was built in 1929! If that was not spectacular enough, the sight of Corser tapping the unsuspecting McGuinness on his behind as he passed by was worth the ticket money alone. Celebrating the centenary of the Royal Air Force was a magnificent display of static aircraft as well as four Spitfires which from time to time flew overhead. And for those with a nostalgic passion for trains, a magnificent steam engine on rails was situated by the tunnel under the track – only at Goodwood could you find such diversity. Of course, none of this would be quite so successful without the many spectators who go to such huge lengths to adopt the Revival theme and dress up in period clothing. If you have never been I urge you to make the effort and go because there really is no place on earth like it. Bill Williams
The Grand Prix Delage 15-S-8 in the paddock. (David Nagle).
Admiring crowds A team of Museum staff and volunteers once again made the early starts and late finishes down to Chichester for this year’s Goodwood Revival, the one event of the year when we’re routinely overshadowed in ‘only’ our white overalls. The Grand Prix Delage spent the weekend in the Paddock as part of the Rob Walker tribute display, while out at the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours the Sopwith Camel drew admiring crowds. The Brooklands team spent the weekend talking to hundreds of enthusiastic visitors, in between some judicious aircraft manoeuvring as the winds picked up, while over the road the Shop did a roaring trade in Brooklands memorabilia as well as challenging customers to a lap of the Goodwood motor racing circuit on our Formula One simulator. David Nagle The Sopwith Camel replica in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours (David Nagle).
BTM TALK – JOHN BARNARD
were Gordon Murray at Brabham, Patrick Head at Williams and John Barnard at McLaren. Barnard’s most famous innovations were composite monocoques and semi-automatic gearboxes, and he came to Brooklands in July to tell the story behind these advances and many more at a BTM talk in conversation with his biographer Nick Skeens. The talk began with a film clip of John Watson having a huge accident at the 1981 Italian Grand Prix. Exiting the second Lesmo corner, we saw the car veering off the track to the right. From the cloud of dust and wreckage the remains spin to a rest, eerily on the outer edge of the track, other drivers weaving left and right to avoid contact. Then the camera panned to the right where we saw the front end of the car and Watson almost nonchalantly stepping out of it uninjured. The value of carbon fibre monocoques had been proved and none was more relieved than John Barnard, watching from the pits and fearing the worst. To get his concept built, Barnard had had to fight the ‘Kiwi attitude’ at McLaren and sceptical British manufacturers – the tub was eventually produced by Hercules in the USA – but he had been proved right in a dramatic way and carbon fibre tubs became de rigueur in F1 very quickly.
John Barnard (Cliff Bolton).
recently attended a lecture by an engineer from the Renault F1 team whose group is responsible for the aerodynamics of only the rear half of the car. Plus ça change. Back in the 1980s teams were identified not only by their superstar drivers but also their superstar designers, each looking for that ‘unfair advantage’. The big names
1985 McLaren MP4/2B designed by John Barnard, seen at this year’s Villa D’Este Concourso D’Eleganza. This particular car (chassis MP4/2B.5) was driven by Alain Prost in nine out of 16 GPs that season, winning four races and thus contributing significantly towards the Frenchman’s first world championship. It was given to John Barnard when he left McLaren and is now owned by Gerhard Berger (Gareth Tarr).
married (Patrick Head was best man) John was off to the States working for Parnelli Jones’ team. Later he was to move to Jim Hall’s Chaparral operation, where he designed the wonderful ‘yellow submarine’ K2 with which Jonny Rutherford won the 1980 Indianapolis 500. But the relationship turned sour when Hall claimed responsibility for designing the ground-effect K2, despite a clear agreement that John would be acknowledged for his role. Already back in the UK, free agent Barnard had caught the eye of Project Four’s Ron Dennis and soon John Hogan of sponsor Marlboro was pulling JB, RD and McLaren boss Teddy Meyer together to revive the famous F1 team. Things changed rapidly, but not without some bloodletting; Meyer was soon gone and there was that notorious Kiwi attitude. It was John’s job to design and innovate, Ron’s job to find the money. In time the neat ‘Coke-bottle’ rear of the car was introduced and Dennis managed to get TAG to sponsor a tailor-made Porsche turbo engine. The results began to flow, with Niki Lauda winning the 1984 World Championship and Alain Prost champion the two subsequent years. Initially John had an equal shareholding in McLaren with Ron Dennis. When the designer sold his shares to Mansour Ojjeh the relationship between Dennis and Barnard changed, with the latter now a mere employee. Inevitably the question of John’s salary became a growing rift. Then, throughout 1986, Barnard started to receive mystery calls which eventually became an invitation from Ferrari. He was flown to Maranello by private jet for a chat with Enzo Ferrari and Marco Piccinini. Then lunch in the private room at Il Cavallino where he met Piero Lardi Ferrari, Sergio Scaglietti and Sergio Pininfarina, the full charm offensive. At the end of the day Barnard was asked to sign a note of the meeting 'to keep the old man happy', not a contract of course but this was only going one way. Before finally signing with the legendary squadra he managed to negotiate that he would operate from his own base in England, not just a design office but also a chassis manufacturing facility… and also handy for popping home for lunch. The first Barnard Ferrari was the 639, but this was only a development chassis run through 1988. The first Guildford Technical Office designed car – the 640 – unexpectedly won on debut at the season-opening 1989 Brazilian GP in the hands of Nigel Mansell. Featuring distinctive
‘Coke-bottle’ rear side-pods of McLaren MP4/2B (Gareth Tarr).
An only child, John Barnard was raised in North Wembley by parents who were both engineers. Aged 19 his father bought him a used Aston Martin DB2/4 for £480. When one of the Aston’s pistons disintegrated John acquired a Chevy V8 and Hewland gearbox and reengineered the DB2/4 to take them, an early test of his engineering skills and ability to innovate. Later his mother bought a couple of leather skins and created replacements for the Aston’s tired upholstery. The work done on his car made John realise that he could achieve anything with some thought and the right determination. In a boring engineering job, the 23-year-old Barnard managed to get a position with Eric Broadley’s Lola Cars operation in Slough. Within nine months he was designing a whole car – the Lola T250 – for a new Volkswagen backed one-make series. With the car already substantially designed, VW changed the engine, requiring a significant re-design. Finding Barnard late at work one evening pondering his 'unsolvable' dilemma, Broadley’s advice was to go home and give it two days during which he would find a solution. It worked and John has applied the same trick ever since. Barnard’s reputation spread and soon he was being approached to join McLaren. The first design he worked on was the M23 and John created the distinctive side-pods, air-box and single-post rear wing mounting. Immediately after getting
aerodynamics, the 640’s main innovation – the semi-automatic gearbox – had given problems all through testing and wasn’t expected to last a full GP. Indeed Mansell had to change steering wheel mid-race, but the car held together for a famous win. Gearbox issues dogged the 640 throughout the early season but these were eventually resolved and the following year the upgraded 641 nearly won Prost the championship. By now Barnard had left the Italian team and was working for Benetton. He subsequently returned to Ferrari where he designed the 645, the car he considers his most beautiful, although it was hampered by its engine, the engineers not compensating for the car’s asymmetric design. He later worked for Arrows before leaving F1. More recently he designed a carbon fibre table. The Perfect Car – the story of John Barnard, motorsport’s most creative designer by Nick Skeens, published by EVRO Publishing, is now available from the usual outlets priced at £40. Gareth Tarr
The book I am not a great F1 fan, but I found John Barnard’s story fascinating – and very well told by Nick Skeens. With a mother who had become an engineer in World War II and despite failing the ‘11-plus’ secondary school examination which denied him a grammar school place, John blossomed into one of the leading racing car designers and engineers of his time. He made innovations in virtually all aspects of car design, but his personality at times made for conflict. Growing up he was very close to his parents. Once he was married and had children of his own, he had similar ties to them – hence the desire to work close enough to his home to be able to go home for lunch (which also made it easy to return to work after his evening meal). That Enzo Ferrari saw fit to bow to John’s wishes and let him work in the UK is a measure
The Perfect Car, with carbon fibre effect cover. of how highly regarded Barnard's talents were. But his very private and uncompromising nature meant he did not always get on with either his bosses or his colleagues, although some of the latter stayed with him for a long time and were involved in many of his projects. As well as Ferrari, Barnard also crossed swords with Ron Dennis and Flavio Briatore. Nick Skeens has conducted forensic research into these and many other of Barnard's relationships and all is recounted in this well written book – which concludes with a reunion between Barnard and Dennis. Chris Bass
VIEW FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
utumn is by far my favourite season of the year and no more so than when I look out across the Paddock towards the Test Hill, once again to be amazed by the vibrant colour of the trees, early I guess this year as a result of the intense summer heat. A chill breeze warns us that winter is not far away. I would like to start by thanking everyone who has taken time to convey their own thanks to me
and to the CreativEvents team for the changes to the Members’ Bar on busy event days. We still have work to do, but hopefully the enhancement to the Bar before Christmas will only help to improve the service. An additional till will be installed and the coffee machine will be made permanent along with other changes. To cope with the ever increasing demand from events held in the Clubhouse it has been decided
to remove the existing kitchen and install a new facility capable of meeting these needs now and into the future. The installation will take place early in 2019 with, we hope, minimal disruption to the current service. During this time the choice of meals may be reduced and they will be prepared in the ground floor kitchen. Your understanding and tolerance would be much appreciated during this re-fit. The actual dates will be announced in the New Year. You will also note that the Members’ ‘signing in’ book has been removed and you will be asked to scan your membership card as evidence of Club level and Life Membership. Our popular ‘Reel to Reel Film’ Fridays will continue to be held in the Blue Bird room throughout the year. Watch out for dates. CreativEvents have also asked me to remind you that the Members’ Bar is only open on Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunch times, plus event days and for evening talks. There will be no access to the bar facility at private functions, even if they are during Museum opening times. On the subject of the Members’ Bar, we welcome the attendance of families and young children, but we would ask you to respect other members in the room, by stopping children from running around. We do this for good reason – hot food and drinks are carried by the bar staff and the last thing we want is to have a child injured
KOP HILL CLIMB
by scalding liquid. May I remind you that should you wish to bring a party of more than seven members or non-members in for lunch, please contact CreativEvents to let them know, so that they can accommodate and serve you and your guests in the best way. E-mail email@example.com or call 01932 857381 extension 251. Thank you. To end, we are entering the Christmas party season. Once again CreativEvents have some cracking offers for members. ‘Christmas and all that Jazz’ is coming to Brooklands with a roaring 20s theme for this year’s Christmas parties. We are running four joiner parties, on 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th December. These themed evenings are proving to be very popular and include a three-course dinner, bar, live jazz music, casino tables and DJ entertainment. Prices start from £60 per person (including VAT). We are offering all Club level members a special price of £50 per person when booking a table of six or more, subject to availability and for new bookings only. If you are interested in booking a table, please contact Jo or Adrian on 01932 858005 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Please visit the website www.brooklandsmuseum.com/hospitality/Christmas to download a brochure with full details and menu options. Steve Clark
Andrew Lewis is flagged off at the start in the Napier-Railton (John Retter). 28
A spirited drive up the hill (John Retter). constant crowd of visitors delighted to see it there and the volunteer team of Ralph Brough, Martin Strick, Garry Matthews and Steve Green were kept busy answering questions all day. The car made two runs up the hill, closing the morning and evening sessions, and drawing a huge crowd to cheer on the team as they push-started the car and watched it roar away from the start line. Andrew Lewis
The Napier-Railton continued its busy summer of events by returning to the Kop Hill Climb on Saturday 15th September. Kop Hill is a lovely, friendly event based on an historic hill climb with a great atmosphere. It attracts a wide range of entries, this year including Brooklands regular John Dennis’s Berliet Curtiss and a McLaren Senna. As ever, the Napier-Railton drew a
Members assemble for breakfast at Billy’s on the road (Gareth Tarr).
Triumph Tiger instead of the little Kawasaki. But the Tiger was in my garage in Ashford, and I was at John's with the Kawa. This meant an earlier-than-planned start. Happily, the M3 and M25 were free of snags and about 20 minutes after leaving we got the bikes swapped and set off again. Back onto the M25, off at junction nine for Leatherhead, then we wound our way southwards for the A29 and Billy’s. Arriving at the café we found it teeming with
nother searing hot day loomed, and I woke up in the wrong house with the wrong bike in the garage. My partner and I were to take part in the Sussex Meander that morning and had planned to ride from my house in Ashford because it was closer to Billy’s on the road from where the rally was to start. But a problem with John's Honda battery meant we had to stay while it charged overnight. Having learned about tank range from the previous rally I wanted to ride my
Jim Sell waves members off on the run (Gareth Tarr).
to find our way around. I say easy-ish as the roller was very much a last-minute bodge-job consisting of a kitchen paper roll, a length of dowelling and some gaffer tape. But it did the trick, and I could assist here and there with the directions placed in the see-through top of my tank-bag. About an hour passed with munching breakfast butties and chatting to friends, and the temperature was steadily rising. Putting the biking gear back on was, needless to say, a chore, as we knew we'd be drenched after a few minutes, but with my mesh jacket and gloves to allow the air to flow through, and all of our helmet and jacket vents open, it wasn't as bad as we expected. We had a pre-drive/ride briefing from Glenn Rees, and suddenly everyone was on the move. One by one we set off into the English countryside; vintage, classic and modern vehicles – quite a sight to behold. The roads were lovely for bikes; twisty lanes between green fields, narrow tracks in dappled shade and the odd fast A-road. We were heading first for Ditchling Beacon, a good 27 miles south east of Billy’s, and for the two of us on bikes it was made all the more sociable by being able to chat into our mics as we rode. We were able to point out interesting landmarks to each other, and warn of potholes and grooves in the road surface, etc. The route went in a steady zig-zag south east, taking in Five Oaks, Itchingfield, Southwater, West Grinstead, Partridge Green, Hurstpierpoint and Clayton. Each village was prettier than the previous one, and I kept changing my mind about which house to come back and buy! Hurstpierpoint in particular was lovely in the sunshine – little cottages with white-washed walls, woodframed windows peeping out from under
familiar faces from Brooklands, and quite a few bemused regulars who were keen to know what we were up to. How the staff coped with all the bacon and sausage sandwiches and hot drinks I really don’t know, but they did really well. As last time, I struggled to find somewhere to put my rally plate, but managed to trap the cable ties in the handle on the top box, and this held it nicely, and visibly, in place. John had made a Heath Robinson-style route roller to enable him to read the directions as we rode, and this, combined with more modern technology in the shape of a sat-nav, plus our helmet communication system, made it easy-ish
Lois Clark ready for action (Gareth Tarr).
over the bikes and turned out of the busy parking lot towards Beachy Head. We had 15½ miles to go to the next stop, Michelham Priory. Passing Beachy Head it was plain to see that this was a popular place – there was a lot of activity around the parking area. Drivers just seemed to reverse out into the road without looking, and people wandered across both lanes with nary a care in the world. We got past without mishap and continued up to the T-junction, turning left for Friston. From Friston we headed north for Jevington, then Polegate and on to Michelham Priory. John really fancied a cup of tea by now but we had to pay an, albeit discounted, price of £8 something each to get in. As we weren’t going to look around the actual priory, we decided to leave it for another time, and carried on towards the final stop of the day, the Llama Park at Wych Cross. The route wiggled northwards, then turned slightly north west through Waldron. Lots of turns, staggered T-junctions and bearing left at forks kept us on our toes. The red brick cottages lining the route were lovely, their gardens colourful and beautifully kept. The sun was somewhat
thatched roofs with hollyhocks and foxgloves adding a splash of colour. We went a little off course with a too-early left turn, but decided we’d better catch up instead of turning back, so the sat-nav was pressed into action. We arrived at Beacon Road to start the climb, only to find that half of southern England’s cyclists had had the same idea. Coming up behind a bicycle on a motorbike is not a problem, but coming up behind a car behind a bicycle is, so we endured the heat as we crept upwards at about 6mph, our engines emitting even more furnace-like blasts to make absolutely sure we didn’t get chilly! I kept thinking; if I don't fry my clutch in the next 10 seconds, it will be a miracle. As we slowly made our way uphill, we noticed a few cars with rally plates coming the other way, which made me realise that we’d probably spent too much time getting lost, so it was looking like we’d have to make up the time on the next stretch. Finally, at the top, we parked our steeds and had a walk around to take in the view. It was truly astounding, and I would have loved to have spent more time up there, but it was just too hot in our clothing. If Ditchling had been our only destination that day, we could have brought shorts and sandals, but there was more to see, so we got back on the bikes and headed downwards, almost as slowly as the trip up. Another 30 miles beckoned. The temperature was still going up and tree-lined lanes were a welcome break from the oppressive heat. We now turned our noses towards Cooksbridge, then Barcombe, Ringmer, Glynde, past Drusilla’s Park, through Alfriston and East Dean to Birling Gap. Shortly after Litlington we looked across the fields to our right and saw the white horse, which was spectacular in itself, but above it floated several para-gliders with colourful canopies. It was such a magical sight we had to stop and photograph it. At Birling Gap the car park had a loose, stoney surface, and as there were cars and people everywhere it was a bit tricky on two wheels. We found a space for the bikes with some hard-packed soil and grass and ditched as much clothing as was legally advisable! A few BTM cars were dotted around the car park so we’d obviously managed to catch up. Into the café for a welcome ice cream; ginger for me and choc-mint for John. It was too hot for anything like a meal, and we had our afternoon cream tea very much in mind anyway, so, a swig from our bottles later, we swung a leg back
Para-gliders flying high above the white horse (Lois Clark).
entrance with several llamas, which will either be enough for you if you just want the café and gift shop, or tempt you inside for more. One of them was clearly the boss; I don’t know much about llama hierarchy but this one ruled the roost, and if I patted any of the others it approached me swiftly while looking down its long face with haughty distaste. Not wishing to be spat at I beat a hasty retreat into the café. This was the highlight of the day for me. Any biker will tell you that true biker fare is anything that contains bacon, but I will ride many miles for a cream tea. And it absolutely has to be with proper clotted cream! The scones were really big, home-baked and freshly made, and the tea was just perfect. It was the tastiest and most delicious end to the day. For the last time that day we donned our protective clothing, mounted our steeds and waved goodbye to Angela Hume and our fellow BTMs. We made our way back to the M25 and home. It had been a lovely day in good company, discovering new routes and interesting places to visit, and enjoying some tasty treats. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to arrange a great day out for us all. Lois Clark
Handsome llama at the Llama Park (Gareth Tarr). lower now but it didn’t seem to make much difference to the temperature. We followed the very clear instructions in the road book and made good time. I couldn’t help noticing that, just before the Llama Park, we came past a place appropriately called Brooklands Nursing Home! Is that where all us BTMs will end up, reminiscing about the cars and bikes we’ve owned over the years? The Llama Park was a revelation. It was a very friendly place, and we were made welcome right from arrival. They have a small stable at the
Perfect day for a Sussex Meander (Gareth Tarr).
MUSEUM VEHICLES ON THE STARTING LINE
Railton, MG, Bentley and Lagonda ready to go, with some bikes behind them (Diana Calvert).
uring the summer the Motoring Volunteers team gave visitors a rare treat by running some of the resident Museum cars on the Finishing Straight. Pictured on the ‘starting line’ for one of the runs are the Lander Bentley, Lagonda, Railton Terraplane and MG M-type. Debbie Crawt explained, “We intend it to be a regular thing as it shows the vehicles in action
and gives some atmosphere to the place with the sounds and smells of period vehicles. We ran them during the school summer holidays initially, but we may include other half-term holidays if the weather permits. On each occasion we ran the cars, a selection of motorcycles and two of Graham Appleyard’s more spectacular Car Rides cars joined them!”
HURRICANE ON THE BIG SCREEN
Poster for the film.
ou may or may not have heard about the film Hurricane that went on general release on 7th September, starring Iwan Rheon and Milo Gibson. It tells the story of 303 Squadron; one of two units made up largely of exiled Polish pilots. Although the RAF was initially sceptical about their fighting ability, in just 42 days flying their Hurricanes, 303 Squadron shot down 126 German aircraft, becoming the most successful Fighter Command unit in the Battle of Britain. Nine of the Squadron’s pilots qualified as ‘aces’ for shooting down five or more enemy aircraft. This date coincided quite neatly with the 4th
September, the day that, in 1940, the Vickers aircraft factory at Brooklands came under attack from the Luftwaffe as part of its offensive to gain air supremacy. Although nearly 90 workers were killed and over 400 injured, the damage only delayed production temporarily. Whilst the Spitfire is often the most celebrated aircraft from this time, it was the Hawker Hurricane that accounted for over half of the victories in the Battle of Britain, which lasted from 10th July to 31st October that year. Of all the Hurricanes flown in the battle, a quarter were manufactured at the Brooklands site. Paul Stewart Brooklands’ Hurricane (Katharine Allen).
BROOKLANDS AT MONTEREY
Erickson Shirley in the ex-Kenneth Evans Alfa Romeo Tipo B on the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca (Allan Winn).
ome cars with strong Brooklands connections starred in events during Monterey Car Week held on and around the Monterey Peninsula in California in late August. At the Rolex Motorsport Reunion race meeting at Laguna Seca Raceway on 24th August, the ex-Kenneth Evans Alfa Romeo Tipo B (‘P3’) Grand Prix car, driven by Erickson Shirley, won the race for pre-1940 sports cars and 1927-51 racing cars. Second in that race was the ERA R2A (raced at Brooklands by Humphrey Cook and A C Pollock, also raced by ‘Nicky’ Embiricos before World War II), driven by Paddins Dowling, and fourth was Mark Sange driving the unique 1952 HWM ‘Tasman single-seater built by HWM at Walton-on-Thames. At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held on Sunday 25th August, the Pre-War Preservation
class was won by the ex-Earl Howe 1929 Mercedes-Benz 710SS (‘36-220’) UW 302. This car was originally raced by German star Rudolph Caracciola, who won the Ulster Tourist Trophy with it in 1929 and used it in the 1930 Irish Grand Prix and the German GP and Mille Miglia in 1931. Now belonging to the Keller Collection, it then became the second of the two supercharged Mercedes to be raced by Earl Howe (the earlier one, now owned by Bruce McCaw, won Pebble Beach outright last year) and he had some success with it. Also on show, in the MercedesBenz pavilion at Pebble Beach was the long-wheelbase 200hp ‘Blitzen’ Benz raced at Brooklands by notables such as Capt Alistair Miller and Cyril Paul, and now owned by George Wingard. Allan Winn
The ex-Howe Mercedes-Benz 710 SS wins its class at Pebble Beach (Allan Winn).
George Wingard’s 200hp Benz RE (Allan Winn).
FIRST TO THE FASTEST – WE NEED YOUR HELP
ext year will see two anniversaries in aviation history, both with a strong Brooklands association. The 14th and 15th June will mark 100 years since Captain John William Alcock DSC and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown became the first people to fly across the Atlantic non-stop. This ground-breaking journey (or should that be ‘air-breaking’) was achieved in a Vickers Vimy which was built at Brooklands. A replica Vimy forms part of the Museum’s aircraft collection. Also on display at the Museum is Concorde and April 2019 will mark 50 years since Brian Trubshaw took the aircraft on its maiden test flight. Concorde was a joint Anglo-French initiative. The British
end of the project was managed from Vickers’ Brooklands factory, which made more parts for the aircraft than any other British factory. To mark these two significant anniversaries the Museum is planning to run a special ‘First to the Fastest’ exhibition. The BTM is pledging a grant of £30,000 to pay for the exhibition. In order for us to achieve our £30,000 target we need your help. The Winter Raffle is one of our main fund-raising events. When you receive your raffle tickets please return them with whatever you can give so that we can successfully support this major Museum initiative for 2019. Thank you. Gareth Tarr, BTM Treasurer
Brooklands’ Vimy on Aviation Day in September (Katharine Allen).
SUMMER MARKETING CAMPAIGN
s usual we placed advertising and editorial in a lot of the family and lifestyle magazines to cover the summer season but this year we embarked on some extra marketing activity throughout the county. This included a redesign of our summer poster and distributing it through a company that has sites in major attractions, leisure centres and libraries over a wide area. We also scripted a 30-second radio ad, complete with roaring engines and factory sound effects, broadcast throughout August on Radio Jackie and Eagle. The various spots included breakfast and drive-time shows as well as daytime to pick up parents listening at home with youngsters during the holidays. During our appearances in Guildford and Kingston town centres with the Napier-Railton
as part of our Museum of the Year ‘Icons’ tour and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Farnborough International Airshow, we handed out hundreds of special discount cards to people who came to chat to us. These allow a few pounds off normal entry price and are redeemed at the till point on entry. Cards from all four of these outreach events began to be used almost immediately and continued throughout August. Lastly, we devised a special offer for the August Bank Holiday weekend providing free 4D Theatre rides for children and promoted this with our own Facebook ad campaign targeted at individuals within our catchment area who hadn’t interacted with us before. This resulted in good footfall over the weekend and on-line saw 104,000 impressions of our ad. Paul Stewart
WELCOME AMANDA SQUIRES
e are delighted to welcome Amanda Squires to the team at the Museum. Amanda, who started as Chief Operating Officer on 15th October, joins us having recently run a successful independent consultancy business supporting some world-leading organisations in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to that she spent 11 years with the Royal Albert Hall, rising to the position of Director of Building and Operations overseeing the hall's operations as well as the facilities, events, security and building development teams. Previously Amanda held senior positions in a global logistics company, national retailers, the NHS and local government. Commenting on her new role, Amanda said, “There cannot be many people who go onto a website to plan a day trip to their favourite museum and end up with an amazing job, but that’s exactly what I did. When I saw the advert on the Brooklands homepage for a Chief Operating Officer, I just knew this was the role for me. I can’t put into words how excited I am to be joining Brooklands Museum at this pivotal time in its evolution. The successful completion of the Aircraft Factory and being a finalist in the 2018 Art Fund Museum of the Year showcase how much the team at Brooklands has achieved and what an inspiring place it is. For a regular visitor with a life-long love of motor sport and aviation, which runs deep in my family, the
Amanda Squires. opportunity to be part of the team telling Brooklands’ fascinating story is an honour and a dream come true. My late father who worked for Hawker Siddeley as a young man after leaving the RAF would have been so thrilled. As indeed am I.” David Nagle
BROOKLANDS ‘FIRST FLIGHT’ TALK CLARIFICATION News
n the last Bulletin we had a report by Gareth Tarr on Eric Verdon-Roe’s talk to Members on 7th June, in which Mr Verdon-Roe spoke about Brooklands being the venue of Britain’s first powered flight. Gareth was merely reporting what was said and, as Mr Verdon-Roe pointed out in the talk, this story is much disputed. It has been raised with the Museum which would like to give the following clarification: ‘Although A V Roe later claimed that he had achieved powered flight at Brooklands, no independent contemporaneous evidence exists that this did occur. The first powered flight in the UK is officially recognised as having been made
by Samuel Cowdery, popularly known as ‘Colonel Cody’, at Farnborough. Mr Verdon-Roe made it clear during his talk that his view was based on accepting the word of his grandfather. What is undisputed is A V Roe’s pioneering contribution to aviation in the UK, and the role that Brooklands played in his early flight trials and the building of his first viable aircraft. The Museum remains proud of its association with A V Roe and his family. On a couple of technical matters, the engine first installed in A V Roe’s first biplane was 6hp not 9hp and the Antoinette subsequently fitted was 24hp not 50hp.’ Chris Bass
MOTORING ‘NATTER’ EVENING
Close fought battle for best white overalls.
spanner and pipe clinched it for him’. These evenings are held on the second Tuesday of every month, with the Clubhouse bar open from 7.00pm, and all are welcome. For more information please call Danny on 01932 829814.
t the August ‘noggin and natter’ at the Clubhouse there was a ‘Best White Overalls’ competition. The event’s organiser Danny Byrne reports, ‘The winner was the second fellow from the right in the photo, John Hinds, the massive
HAVE YOUR SAY – AND A CHANCE TO WIN £50 News
current e-mail address – if you are receiving the monthly e-newsletters you need take no action.
he Museum is going to be conducting an opinion survey amongst Brooklands Trust Members to help its future planning and the development of the BTM. The research will be carried out by a respected company in this field, Decision House, in accordance with the code of practice of the Market Research Society. Please be reassured that this is genuine market research and not a ‘sales pitch’ dressed up as research. It will be primarily an on-line survey using the members’ e-mail addresses held on the BTM database. To ensure you receive the questionnaire please check that the BTM Office (01932 857381 extension 226 Monday to Friday office hours or email@example.com) has your
If you don’t use e-mail If you do not use e-mail you can still take part in the survey by requesting a paper copy of the questionnaire from the BTM Office.
Timing The questionnaire will be sent out in November and will be open for three weeks. The results will be presented to the Museum and the BTM Committee in the New Year.
A chance to win £50 To encourage you to take part in the survey, a draw will be held from all the questionnaires received with four winners receiving £50 each. Chris Bass
SHERE HILL CLIMB 2018
A 1934 Austin Seven Sports tackles the hill in fine style (Robert Clayson).
nce again the Shere Hill Climb organisers put on a cracking day for entrants and visitors alike. This was the sixth year of the event and on a scorching hot day some 180 cars and 11 motorcycles made the run up Staple Lane to an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd. As regulars will know, the joy of this event is the friendly atmosphere and eclectic mix of vehicles taking part. This year they ranged from the 1907 Berliet/Curtiss of Brooklands Trust Member John Dennis and Clive Barton’s 1913 Nazzaro Tipo 3 Corsa to Robert Small’s 1964 Corvette Stingray, Simon Chaffe’s 1959 Willys Overland France Jeep and Simon Taylor’s 1989 Ferrari Testarossa. You can’t get much more varied than
that and the entry list included a generous mix of marques in between. Among the motorcycles parked alongside the Brooklands Outreach stand were Tony Baxter’s 1904 Peugeot and Martin Gegg’s 1937 AJS 22. This event is non-competitive so anyone can enter but such is the demand that the organisers have to turn down as many entrants as they accept, leaving many disappointed. Rules are strict as this is a public road (closed for one day) and exceeding the 60mph speed limit will not be tolerated. Reassuringly, Goodwood marshals monitored the hill with their usual slick organisation. Entrants have three runs up the mile-long course which ascends by 300 feet and is made
A Triumph TR4A awaits the flag (Paul Piper).
1904 Peugeot (Paul Hitchens).
Each year the event grows with a few more cars squeezed in for the runs and ever more support from a range of exhibitors, as well as food and drink stands to refresh drivers and visitors. Adding to the atmosphere this year were a fourpiece rock and roll band Hog Wild who played late 1950s and 60s numbers in the Silent Pool Gin music tent. Brooklands Museum has received generous donations each year from the Shere Hill Climb. This year the four charities set to benefit are, Brooklands, Gasp Motor Project, Cherry Trees (short breaks for children with disabilities) and Surrey Mobile Physio. Diana Willows
more interesting by the strategic placing of a number of straw bales to create chicanes. BTM member Chris Redhead attended for the first time. He said, “I had a really enjoyable day at the Shere Hill Climb, I was lucky enough to take a couple of passenger rides up the hill in a Morgan, great fun! I’d love to have the opportunity to take one of my classics up next year, a 1966 MGB or 1996 air-cooled Porsche 911. A lovely event with an amazing range of cars, a few I had never seen before. Great cars, real ale and live music, my idea of heaven! Well done to all who organised this wonderful event!”
The Motorcycle Team tackles the hill As in previous years the Brooklands Motorcycle Team joined with the BTM to fill the 11 places allocated for bikes. Star of the show was the Museum’s 1904 Peugeot on loan from Andrew Howe-Davies who kindly allowed it to be ridden up the hill by a very brave Tony Baxter, who had done much of the work to bring the engine back to life after many years in storage. All old vehicles cause their owners a bit of stress from time to time, and bikes are no exception. After a full test the previous week Geoff Cook’s 1932 Sunbeam clutch decided to play up on the morning causing him to arrive late. After one run the clutch gave up again at the bottom of Combe Lane. With my 1937 AJS, I stayed with the bike whilst Geoff got a lift to pick up his trailer, but when I set off up to Newlands Corner I ran out of petrol and had to be rescued! Newcomer Richard Scudder brought a very nice 1938 Vincent HRD Rapide, famous for being the fastest production bike of its time. It’s so nice to see these very valuable bikes being used.
Geoff Cook on his 1932 Sunbeam 9/95L (Paul Hitchens).
John Burch on his 1958 Greeves Scottish
Richard Scudder on his Vincent HRD Series A Rapide (Paul Hitchens).
it got a bit nervous in front of the large crowd and failed to start on the first run. However, later in the day and with a push from the marshals, Tony got it to the first chicane to the delight of the crowd. Tony, mindful of the time it would take him to get to the top returned to the start as part of a plan B agreed with the Clerk of the Course. Another fantastic Hill Climb, and thanks to the organisers and the bike owners for putting on a great show. Martin Gegg
Veteran trials rider John Burch brought his 1958 Greeves Scottish competition bike with its unusual front suspension. Petri Hitches roared up the hill on his 1928 Douglas SW racing bike leaving a lovely smell of Castrol R in its wake. The fore and aft engine on the Douglas means that the gearbox, with exposed clutch, is mounted just under the saddle! The last word must go to Tony Baxter riding the oldest vehicle on site. Whilst the Peugeot performed well at Brooklands the previous Thursday, Petri Hitches on his 1928 Douglas SW (Paul Hitchens).
Tony Baxter being pushed from the start (Paul Hitchens).
SUPERCARS ANSWER A QUESTION
o what is a supercar? Surely the answer would be found at the Brooklands Supercar day on the last Saturday in July. To some the traditional answer is a midengined Italian exotic with eye-catching styling and very high performance. So a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Maserati and maybe the odd Lancia (Stratos) and Alfa Romeo (4C). But then that Ferrari 550 Maranello is front-engined (as are several others) and so is the Maserati Khamsin and Alfa Romeo 8C. And why doesn’t the definition include Porsche, Aston Martin or our local favourite McLaren (one of which was on the Outreach stand)?
Mid-engine 1980s Ferrari Testarossas, definitely supercars (Gareth Tarr).
Lancia Stratos (Gareth Tarr).
OK, maybe we have to widen our definition, but it is clear which manufacturers build supercars. So it is defined by make then? Err... although Audi mostly make executive family cars doesn’t the R8 share a chassis and engine with the Lamborghini Huracan (registration V10 WOW) – same main ingredients but one is Stollen, the other Panettone. You can therefore have a German prestige car that is frivolous and fun but it won’t be one of their more ubiquitous saloons or hatchbacks? That excludes the rather purposeful looking blue four-door M3 CS, and what about the Lancia Delta Integrale? That was pretty special in its day and very sought after now. Hmm... Well one thing we are sure of is that supercars are a European thing. Even though Ayrton Senna had a hand in the development of that Honda NSX, which shamed the equivalent Ferrari of the day? Similarly those Nissan Skyline GTRs could humble a 911. We don’t have to think too hard about the Americans though. We can group together the powerful Ford Mustangs or Dodge
Alfa Romeo 4C attracts a young audience (Gareth Tarr). Chargers under the title ‘Muscle Cars’; a sub-species from across the pond. Perhaps we can go back in history for our supercar definition, but which was the first supercar? Some might argue the case of preWorld War Two exotics that had de-tuned Grand Prix engines, such as the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Bugatti Type 55 or Delahaye 165. Then what about a super-charged Bentley? None of these were at the Brooklands Supercar Day, so surely they fail the test. However by the entrance was a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing which was like nothing else in its time, was that the first? Also representing the 1950s were a Jaguar XK140 and Aston Martin Mark III. But none of these cars is capable of 150mph, is that the deal-maker? So maybe supercars started in the 1960s with the likes of the Lamborghini Miura, AC Cobra and
McLaren on BTM Outreach stand (John Retter). Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ (Jason Dodd).
Something a little more traditional – stunning Jaguar XK140 (Gareth Tarr).
Mercedes-Benz 190SL – smaller, less expensive cousin of the 300SL. Perhaps not a supercar (John Retter).
Ferrari La Ferrari or is that La Ferrari La? (Gareth Tarr).
Alfa Romeo Spyder – a young man's fantasy? (Gareth Tarr).
the red example at Brooklands being from the late 80s. The TVR Tuscan was terrifically fast, a name that is currently being resurrected. Is it difficult to think of that burgundy MGB GT as a supercar? Well Pininfarina did the roof styling and they also did loads of Ferraris so does that count? Where does all this leave us with our definition of a supercar? Well if we draw any conclusions from Brooklands Supercar Day the answer must be that it is an individual thing; one man’s supercar can be another man’s fast saloon or homologation special hatchback. Perhaps they are just cars out of the ordinary that give great pleasure to those lucky enough to enjoy them. But that’s a bit vague, maybe it’s just a gut feeling. What we can say is that despite its daft name the Ferrari La Ferrari roped off outside the Clubhouse is definitely a supercar and an SUV is definitely not! Oh dear… what about that latest Lamborghini Urus over there on the Finishing Straight, its yellow bonnet about the same height as the roof of the red Murcielago (registration EII BUL – get it?) next to it? Oh this is just too complicated. In the next two Bulletins we will tackle much easier topics – ‘What did the Romans do for Brooklands?’ and ‘How will any Brexit deal affect the Museum?’ Gareth Tarr
Lamborghini Urus – its bonnet is higher than most supercars! (Gareth Tarr). Jaguar E-type (OK, the last was famously tuned for the press launch but it was fast enough). Could it be that our supercar incorporates elements of some of these measures but not necessarily all? The tiny GTM near the Members’ Bridge would have a top speed maybe less than the ton but it was the UK’s first mid-engined kit car and definitely attracts attention. If inspiring a young man’s fantasy is any measure, does the red Alfa Romeo Duetto Spyder, just like the one from The Graduate, count or was the fantasy something else in that film? The Aston Martin Lagonda was a four-door saloon but its exotic looks were anything but staid and its V8 had plenty of power,
Enthusiastic crowds watch the action at Mercedes-Benz World (Jason Dodd).
FROM STAINES TO LAKE COMO
Record holding Lagonda – EPE 97 (Gareth Tarr).
the record ‘Under RAC supervision’. This car was also raced in period, including the 1937 Le Mans 24 hours driven by John Hindmarsh and Charles Brackenbury, although sadly it only completed 30 laps. Another well-known Brooklands driver – the Hon Brian Lewis – also raced in this Fox and Nichol prepared car. Another car carrying a speed plaque – ‘Flying mile 104.25mph’ – was a 1928 Bentley 4½-litre with dual-cowl torpedo bodywork by Jarvis and Son. It is believed that this record was not set at Brooklands but of note was the driver, Geoffrey Dunfee, who was the younger brother of the better-known Jack and Clive. Geoffrey raced MGs and Bugattis at Brooklands. Serving as an RAF pilot, he was killed in the Second World War. Competing at the Concorso alongside the Lagonda Rapide in the class, ‘The Titans: Dirt, Dust and Danger’, was the same ex-Brian Lewis/John Cobb/Luis Fontes Alfa Romeo 2300 Monza that appeared at this year’s Retromobile (see May-June Bulletin). The class also included the Type 59 Bugatti that was driven to victory by Rene Dreyfus in the 1933 Belgian Grand Prix, the last Grand Epreuves win for the marque. At the end of the season four of the Type 59s were sold to British drivers and raced regularly at Brooklands. Finally in this class was a 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8, of which only three were made. This particular car (DMH 1) was used by Donald Healey to compete in the 1935 Monte Carlo Rally. A sister car, DMH 2, was used by Tony Rolt in the 1937 JCC International Trophy.
he Lagonda factory in Staines may now be the site of a supermarket, but historic examples of the marque still make it to the grandest of settings today. The 1936 LG45 Rapide in competition at this year’s Villa D’Este Concorso D’Eleganza was a car with a special Brooklands history. One particular Brooklands record that intrigued many in the mid-1930s was the number of miles in one hour covered by a sports car. In May 1937 Sammy Davis broke the magic ton, covering 102.22 miles in an hour in a Frazer Nash-BMW 328. On 7th October, Alan Hess, editor of Speed magazine, completed 104.44 miles in the hour driving Lagonda EPE 97 in full road trim and carrying a passenger (Davis drove solo). Today the car carries a plaque on its dash detailing Plaque on the dash of the Lagonda (Gareth Tarr).
Bentley 4Â˝-litre (Gareth Tarr). These days the Concorso has a separate competition for motorcycles and winner of the Trofeo Villa Erba, voted for by the public, was a 1939 Brough Superior SS80 with side-car. This is
a similar motorcycle to the one on display in the Campbell Shed at Brooklands, although the Museumâ€™s 1933 example is the 1150 version. Gareth Tarr
Alfa Romeo 2300 Monza (Gareth Tarr).
Brough Superior (Gareth Tarr).
Bugatti Type 59 (Gareth Tarr).
News to make it such a success. What was particularly gratifying to me was the spontaneous positive feedback from members who came to the Outreach stand to pass on their appreciation. Feedback, both positive and negative, is always welcome and helps your Committee steer the BTM in a direction that is responsive to it. With that in mind, we are pleased to have joined with the Museum to conduct a detailed membership survey (details elsewhere in this edition) that will be conducted on-line over the next couple of months. I am sure many of you, like me, will not be enthusiastic about completing on-line reviews, but this one is really important as it will give the Museum and BTM committee a clear idea about what we are doing right or not so right! I encourage you to participate when the review is launched next month. Our Annual Dinner, to be held on Friday 16th November, is now sold out, no doubt in part because Damon Hill will be attending for the first time as our President, and I look forward to meeting those of you who were lucky enough to get tickets at the event. Neil Bailey
utumn is now upon us, but the memories of a long hot summer linger on! This year we were blessed with hot sunny days for most of the events at the Museum, and the highlight for me was the Classic Car Show, our own Brooklands Trust Members’ event (a report of it appeared in the last Bulletin). I thought that this year was our best ever show, and much credit goes to Tim Morris and Jeni Larwood (our Administrators) and the BTM committee members and helpers who put in a tremendous effort behind the scenes
CHRISTMAS LUNCH Sunday 9th DECEMBER 2018 Napier Room, Brooklands Museum
Parsnip soup, spiced cream (V) ** Roast Norfolk Turkey Crown with an apricot and cranberry stuffing, traditional trimmings OR Sun dried tomato, quinoa, sweet potato and black bean parcel wrapped in spinach (V- must be pre-ordered when booking) ** Christmas pudding cheesecake, eggnog sabayon ** Coffee & mini mince pies
Dress – Smart casual Bar open at Midday Lunch served at 1.00pm Speaker – Nick R Thomas. “My life as a freelance comedy writer”. Adults £37.00 Children (under 12 yrs) £18.00 47
We are now over six months into the higher pricing structure for members and it is really pleasing to note that we have only seen a small drop in the number of renewals, which currently stands around 74 per cent. Thank you so much for all your support. The Brooklands Trust Members are the second biggest revenue source for the Museum after general admissions so your contributions are greatly appreciated. We have actually seen a very small drop in overall membership for the first time since the BTM came into being – it is only half of one per cent but enough to take us below the 6,400 membership mark and stop the inexorable rise we have seen in the past few years. So, you can help by telling your friends and family about us and persuade them to be supporters of Brooklands too.
Of course, we are offering an incentive for you to fill it in – all completed entries will be entered into a prize draw for one of four gifts of £50!
How do we communicate with you? Some of the questions in the survey will be about how you receive information and interact with the BTM so just to remind you that we have several methods of doing that – the monthly e-mail newsletter, the BTM website, the Brooklands Bulletin (printed and on the BTM website), the BTM Facebook page and Twitter feed, BTM.tv, BTM Instagram, BTM Flickr and the BTM section of the Museum app. As you can see virtually all of these require use of a computer with the exception of this magazine. You can access most of these by just visiting the relevant pages, we only need your e-mail address to send you the newsletter directly as well as for any interim messages.
BTM survey The BTM celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019 and as we look forward to the next 10 years and beyond we would like to know what you think about your membership. To this end the Museum has commissioned a membership survey to find out just that. It will be an on-line questionnaire sent to all members for whom we have e-mail addresses, around 84 per cent of you. This is the simplest and most efficient way to conduct a survey these days. However, if we do not have your e-mail address then there are two options. Send us your e-mail address and we can add you to our mailing list to receive the survey and also our regular monthly e-newsletter and occasional BTM updates, or contact the BTM office by phone or letter and request a paper version of the questionnaire to be sent to you. It is important to us and the Museum to know what you think and whilst we can’t promise to act on everything that you may suggest your ideas and opinions will help us formulate our plans going forward. We will be seeking your opinion on all aspects of the BTM including why you joined up in the first place, the evening talks programmes, the outside events and tours, Club level benefits, membership service and some questions on Museum events and why you like to visit Brooklands. We hope that it won’t be too daunting to complete and that you can help us to guide the future of your BTM. The survey should be dropping into your e-mail boxes during November and we’ll give you some feedback on the results in early 2019, once we’ve worked them all out.
10 years of the BTM As we are talking about the 10th anniversary of the BTM I took a look back at my photo archive
The new BTM sign is first shown on New Year’s Day 2009.
The BTM office in January 2009 – it’s not that tidy now and the view has changed!
Martyn Gibbons with his red E-type being filmed for Spinning Wheels.
and found the first image of the BTM at the New Year’s Day meeting in 2009. We only had a fledgling Outreach team back then, which consisted mainly of David Norfolk and me, so a board propped up against a car in front of the Clubhouse was all we had! Just look at it now when you next visit on an event day – four gazebos, a retail section, tombola, kids’ game, photo stories, video display and plenty of staff to talk to you about Brooklands. The Outreach team has certainly come a long way in 10 years. You’ll catch them for the last time this year at the Military Vehicles Day. The BTM office is still in the same place but the view through the window has changed and the office is nowhere near as tidy as it was back then!
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Winter Draw The Museum will also be marking two significant anniversaries next year – the 100th of Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in a Vickers Vimy and 50 years since the maiden flight of Concorde, the fastest commercial flight across the Atlantic. It is amazing that there is only 50 years between these two remarkable feats. There is a special exhibition being planned by the Museum for 2019 and the BTM would like to help fund its creation by donating the proceeds of the Winter Draw and any other fund-raising throughout the year. To help the Museum create this fascinating exhibition please return the draw tickets that you have received in the post or make a donation by post or by contacting the BTM office on 01932 857381 extension 226. The draw for the cash prizes will take place at the BTM Christmas
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Lunch on 9th December. Please return our tickets by 3rd December as we cannot guarantee entry if they are sent after that date. Any late received entries will be treated as a donation to the exhibition project.
BTM.tv Have you found the BTM.tv channel yet? It is accessed from the BTM.tv page of the BTM website – there’s a link on the front page itself or you’ll find it on the drop-down under ‘Archive’. It is based on Vimeo at the moment, but we are hoping to migrate to YouTube soon so keep an eye out for that. There is quite a large archive of programmes now for you to view and it is growing all the time. The mainstays are the recordings of our Classic Talks, Motoring Legends and Motorcycle Legends events. They are great if you missed a talk or are new to the BTM and want to see what these evenings are all about. There are also the Spinning Wheels programmes which feature members and their cars or bikes as well as brief vox-pops with owners filmed at Museum events. The latest features Martyn Gibbons and his wonderful red E-type Jaguar with a great family story and John Bottomley who brought two of his homeengineered motorcycles along. If you would like
Tim Morris with Capt Mainwaring on the Clubhouse balcony. to see your classic car or bike featured then please drop us an e-mail to timmorris@brooklands museum.com We also filmed a new Health and Safety video with Capt Mainwaring to show before our evening talks, it’s great fun, come to an event to see what we mean! Tim Morris
LETTERS Letters to the Bulletin on any topic connected with Brooklands – past, present or future, or about the BTM, are most welcome. Please send them to Chris Bass via firstname.lastname@example.org or 2 Riverside Close, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0AP. The ‘Jackson’.
Not quite Brooklands Dear Chris, Over the August Bank Holiday I attended Wings & Wheels (the dry day) at Dunsfold in Surrey. Whilst looking around the paddock I came across a very interesting motorcycle called a ‘Jackson’. I had never heard of this make before but as it had a transfer saying ‘The Brooklands’ on its oil tank it started me wondering whether it was an early creation by Robin Jackson who was a famous tuner at Brooklands back in the 1930s. Just at that moment the owner turned up so I put the question to him. “No” he replied. “My name is Jackson and I built it”. In fact, the bike is a most glorious ‘bitsa’. The front was BSA and the rear was Triumph (I hope I have got that the right way round) and I cannot recall what the frame came from. The gearbox
The Brooklands’ transfer on the oil tank, Norton gearbox and JAP engine. was a Norton ‘dolls-head’ and the engine was a side-valve, V-twin JAP oiled by a pilgrim pump. The petrol tank owed a lot to one from a Francis Barnett. All in all, it was a beautifully created machine of which Mr Jackson can justifiably be proud and it was a fitting tribute to Brooklands. Martin Chandler, via e-mail
Update Photographs from the Harold Nockolds album.
and both regularly watched the racing here in their younger days, travelling from their family home in Sutton. Harold’s album of photographs illustrating his time here has been kindly donated by his grandson, Edward Stubbs. The album depicts many famous names of Brooklands including J G Parry Thomas and George Duller, as well as cars which still have an association with the site such as the Lorraine Dietrich ‘Vieux Charles III’, ‘Nanette’ and the Halford Special.
Harold Nockolds’ album
any will be familiar with the work of motoring artist Roy Nockolds who sketched and painted many scenes of Brooklands, but some may also know his brother, motoring journalist Harold. Harold is best known for his 1938 history of Rolls-Royce The Magic of a Name, as motoring correspondent for The Times and for his time editing Motor magazine. Both Roy and Harold shared a love of Brooklands
Swift record photographs The Supermarine Swift fuselage displayed in the Brooklands Aircraft Factory has a rare claim to
Left to right: Supermarine pilots Lithgow and Colquhoun with Rolls-Royce representatives H Mitchell, L Shinwell and G Lacey.
Mrs Joyce Brixey’s Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal.
Passes to the Royal Aero Club members’ enclosure for the King’s Cup Air Race.
fame – it was once officially the fastest aircraft in the world. On 26th September 1953 Vickers Supermarine Chief Test Pilot Mike Lithgow flew Swift WK198 at a speed of 735.7mph (1,184 kph) at Idris in Libya. The aircraft was accompanied on its record-breaking trip by a team of technicians to ensure success, including three from engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. Each member of the team was given a souvenir photo book documenting the feat and our thanks go to Jol Mitchell for allowing us to copy the images given to his father who was a key member of the RollsRoyce team.
Weybridge site she was personal secretary to both Sir Frederick Rosier and Sir George Edwards, with whom she had a long and close working relationship, travelling to his house near Guildford to assist with his personal affairs even after his retirement. As a mark of her long service to the company, in 1977 Mrs Brixey was awarded one of just six Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medals awarded to employees of British Aerospace. This medal forms the centrepiece of her collection and is accompanied by the original citation certificate issued by Buckingham Palace.
Mrs Joyce Brixey’s Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and other items
The 1932 King’s Cup Air Race was held at Brooklands on 8th and 9th July and saw 42 entrants start out from the aero club on a cross country air race before returning each day to the Flying Village. The total distance of the courses was 1,232 miles and spectators at Brooklands would have been kept informed of developments via messages relayed from the various airfields and turning points that the competitors would race toward. The eventual 1932 winner was W L Hope piloting a de Havilland Fox Moth. The anonymously donated collection includes the original programme as well as passes to the Royal Aero Club members’ enclosure. Andrew Lewis
King’s Cup Air Race collection
We are very grateful for the donation of a collection of items relating to Mrs Joyce Brixey, the personal secretary to Sir George Edwards, by her cousin Mr Christopher Mew. Joyce Brixey worked for Vickers Armstrongs for 40 years, beginning in 1940 when she and her mother moved to Weybridge to escape the London Blitz. However, she was unable to escape the Luftwaffe entirely and was witness to the deadly raid on the factory that same year. During her career at the
ESTATES AND HERITAGE
Update General Post Office from architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Some 60,000 examples were built and installed in the UK from 1936 to 68 and well over 11,700 survive today. The Museum's example was acquired in the early 1990s and initially used as a public pay-phone until it became obsolete with
Site improvements External restoration and repainting of our iconic red K6 telephone box beside the Press Hut was largely completed by volunteers John Gentleman and John Dennys in early September. The K6 kiosk is of cast iron construction with a teak door and the design was commissioned in 1935 by the
the widespread use of mobile phones. Recent grounds maintenance work included ProMow Landscapes on 21st August removing more tree stumps and redundant 1970s fencing along the bottom edge of the Members' Banking between the top of the Finishing Straight and the Shell Way Tunnel. This work will continue shortly and will result in further visual improvements to this important part of the Track. Other tasks included installing new numbered signs around the site to match recent changes to the Trail Guide as well as reorganising and tidying our department’s various storage compounds. Long overdue repainting of the Clubhouse’s rear elevation by contractors is due to start on 15th October with the Café’s outdoor seating area temporarily relocating to near the Strat Chamber entrance. After many years of Museum service, the Campbell Entrance gate hut is sadly beyond economic repair and will be replaced before the winter by a similar wooden structure. Volunteer Roger Gale recently joined the regular Wednesday work party and our latest corporate work party volunteers comprised 10 staff from the Surrey County Council ‘Surrey Matters’ team who enjoyed clearing vegetation from both the Campbell Entrance road and Members’ Banking on 23rd August.
John Dennys and John Gentleman restoring the K6 telephone box (Mike Venables).
Heritage work Further minor defects and other issues relating to the Brooklands Aircraft Factory continue to be remedied by our staff and specialist contractors. Recent work included all of the black railings beside the restored section of Finishing Straight
Concorde hydraulic fuel donated by Heritage Concorde (Gordon Roxburgh). being repainted by Arbus contractors in early September. On 5th September, thanks to Heritage Concorde who had been working with Exxon Mobil to secure any remaining stock of the special Concorde hydraulic fluid (M2-V), the Museum took an initial delivery of 300 gallons from the USA. This will be used by Concorde teams in the UK and France for projects such as operating the droop nose on our own Concorde G-BBDG. Also on 5th September, Mercedes-Benz World landscaping contractors Gavin Jones finished clearing vegetation from the northern end of the now much improved western section of the Byfleet Banking and followed the new Surrey County Council volunteers on the Banking on 23rd August (Julian Temple).
RAF BBMF Dakota flypast on 1st September (Stefan Lange).
maintenance standards recently set by Historic England and our own contractors on the rest of this area of the Track. Monthly trips by our regular dedicated work party team to manage and reorganise our off-site store at Bicester Heritage continue and further items are being gradually returned to the Museum for re-use or disposal.
Helicopters continue to operate occasionally from our official landing site on the airstrip with five visits logged so far this year – the latest being a smart American-registered Hughes 500 (N50HL) visiting from Ireland on 5th September for an appointment at Mercedes-Benz World. Finally, with our grass airstrip required once again to host a de Havilland-themed fly-in for the Aviation Day on 16th September, our team were busy levelling parts of the runway and coordinating a variety of other preparations required to make this event happen. Julian Temple
Events The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s 1942vintage C-47 Dakota ZA947 performed a splendid flypast on 1st September centred on the Community Park’s annual ‘Brooklands Fun Day’ (which the Museum continues to support). Largely used by the RCAF then the RAE at West Freugh and later Farnborough until acquired by the BBMF 25 years ago in 1993, this aeroplane will be in great demand next year to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Aviation Day fly-in (Andy Lambert).
Update I have to reflect on just a couple from this impressive list. The first being Cobham. A brilliant local show, very well attended and supported by our Chairman of the Trustees Sir Gerald Acher. The car show held within the event had 166 entries, with 58 of them on the Outreach stand. That is the largest amount we have ever had on our stand, so very many thanks to all of you who brought along your prized possessions for display, and a very big thank you to Sir Gerald for providing four of his own truly amazing vehicles. We had a visit from our CEO, Tamalie Newbery, with her children, and a great time was enjoyed by all the team, well worth all the effort put in by everyone involved. The other one that stands out is the Tilford show, brilliantly organised by the Surrey Classic Vehicle Club, with several hundred classic cars scattered through the woods and open spaces around the agricultural museum. We had our usual large stand featuring Richard Wade’s crowdpulling vintage Bentley. Also, a big thank you to Diana Willows for taking me on a thrilling ride up the hill in her Morgan during the Shere Hill Climb, very exciting – I have now removed most of the straw from my jacket and hay from my hat. Only another four shows to attend now before the Outreach team closes down for the winter. While typing this, the heavy rain has stopped, the sun has come out and the drive is gently steaming, perhaps we will stay lucky and dry until the end of the year. Here’s hoping, happiness is a dry gazebo! Rolie Luker, Outreach Co-ordinator
Brooklands Trust Members at Cobham Heritage Day (Roddy Garnett).
itting writing this report with rain lashing against the window above my desk, looking out upon flooded roads and dark skies, my mind wanders back to the many shows we have attended (mainly in glorious sunshine) since my last jottings. This is a very busy time for Team Outreach, we have attended nine more shows during this period, three on site at Brooklands, our very own Brooklands Trust Members’ Classic Car Show and Retrojumble, another glorious day and a brilliant effort by all the BTM team, Supercar Saturday and of course the Brooklands Reunion. Then six more just a little further afield – the Ripley Village Show, the Capel Car Show, the Haslemere Car Show, the Shere Hill Climb, Cobham Heritage Day and the Tilford Rural Life Centre Car Show.
The classic car show at the Rural Life Centre, Tilford featured Richard Wade’s Bentley (Roddy Garnett).
ith the UK hotter than parts of continental Europe most days, we had high hopes for a glorious five-week session of Car Rides over the summer. The first week did not disappoint and, whilst the next three weeks confined the rain to Thursdays, the fifth week broke this new tradition and it rained on Wednesday. Basically, three days of factor 50 followed by one day with a brolly. That said, the rest of the days were baking hot with the team forsaking their overalls on occasion for the newly instituted ‘tropical rig’ of shorts and short sleeve shirts in green or white depending on each individual role. Having taken up the Outreach Team’s kind offer of a loan of their two gazebos to provide shelter for our queue, and appreciating the entrepreneurship of the caterers in siting an ice cream stand next to it, we became a destination by offering an exhilarating activity, shade, and cold refreshments. In short we became busy, very busy! In the end we beat last year’s income for the summer by £44, taking just a few pounds short of £6,000 and, more importantly, putting smiles on a lot of faces. GA2, newly remodelled to accommodate our taller drivers, meant one more car in play, particularly during the very busy periods. With the team swapping roles between driving, marshalling, loading, ticketing or taking a short break for an ice cream (we spent a lot of our own money at that ice cream parlour), we managed to
Centre of operations – the Car Rides’ ticket office (Keith Barry). cope well with everything. And, we ended up drinking copious cups of tea and eating a lot of cake on the last day, in celebration of what we think was a job well done. Keith Barry
One of Graham Appleyard’s ‘Specials’ – GA2 (Keith Barry).
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Bedford CA crew bus on the Finishing Straight (Mike Lay). – can be difficult. Fortunately, a supplier has been located and the seal ordered. The brake pads may be a different matter, but we will see what we can find in an effort to make her stop efficiently. We are also looking at changing the oil in the back axle to a 200 grade or equivalent. Apparently, it was common to mix grease and oil to achieve this in days past. As for the other issues, they will be addressed once we are happy with the brakes. Fortunately the body, built by Arthur Mulliner of Northampton, is in an excellent state so any condition report would purely be concerned with the mechanics for this vehicle, although we should include the hardboard dash and that freely opening door!
Bedford CA crew bus You may recall from a previous report that we are awaiting funds to complete the welding work on our lovely BOAC crew bus. We have really missed her at the shows this year as she’s an excellent transporter for one of the pedal planes, but mainly because she attracts a lot of interest, not only from ex-BOAC employees but many people who had a Bedford CA in their lives, be it for business or for pleasure. However, following a meeting with our new Director of Collections, Alex Patterson, a condition report has been requested as Alex is keen to establish a plan of works for each vehicle rather than do a little bit here and there as has been the case in the past. The goal is to bring each vehicle up to an acceptable standard for showing and use, both mechanically and visually, but still reflecting the period in which the vehicle was last used. This will obviously require greater funding as the crew bus has suffered a few bruises to its bodywork during its life at the Museum, and the majority of window rubbers now need to be replaced. With that in mind, thoughts turn to raising money, perhaps through sponsorship, adoption or even a form of crowd-funding to pay the bills. All thoughts welcome.
Alvis front-wheel-drive The Alvis was last driven in early June and a problem with fuel pick-up was noticed at the time. This is possibly down to dirt in the fuel tank and will need to be investigated. Hopefully that will not necessitate removal of the tank. Driving this car is a bit of an issue due to the seat positioning. We are looking at rectifying the problem, but that would require modification to the area behind the seats. We are trying to find pictures of the car during its time at Brooklands to see how she appeared. If the current configuration is period we will be unable to change the cockpit so we will have to start the search for a skinny, long-legged driver who can get behind the wheel and operate the controls!
Hillman Aerominx With the garage free, the Aerominx was moved into Dunlop Mac’s. Up in the air, with the wheels off, the source of the braking problem was quickly apparent. A weeping seal had allowed oil to seep on to the rear brake shoes, rendering them ineffective. A new seal was required but sourcing parts for a car of this age – she was built in 1934
Ford 10 New tyres were collected from Northampton Tyres in June and fitted to the car, and jolly good they look too. The fact that the old rubber was removed and disposed of and the new tyres fitted
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to the wheels by the supplier made our life so much easier. It can be a difficult and painful job if you donâ€™t have the right equipment, and there is always the risk that you'll nick the new inner tube! The car now has a new MoT certificate and is ready for the road.
MG PA If you are a regular visitor to the Museum you may be familiar with the MG PA that sits in the garage at the back of the Jackson Shed. Although privately owned we have long held the idea of getting her running and back on the road. I am pleased to announce that the family who own her have sanctioned, in principle, work on the car to return her to running order. A condition report and costs have been forwarded to the owners and we await their permission to proceed.
Morris 8 Like the Ford, new tyres have been fitted to this vehicle and it has been successfully MoT tested.
Railton Terraplane Generally a reliable car, she has been used regularly over the summer for our weekly demonstrations on the Finishing Straight. However, a recent MoT test has highlighted problems with the rubber bushes on the front shock absorbers. They are split and will be replaced in due course.
Snowblower Given the difficulties of its position and the lack of proximity to power, no progress has been made on the snowblower, other than starting the slave engine and moving her a few feet forward. Again, a discussion with the Director of Collections, Alex, has resulted in a condition report being requested. We agree that there is little benefit in superficial works when the construction of the wooden cabin is rotten and the tyres constantly deflate. The outcome from the report will dictate the level of restoration work and where it will take place, hopefully somewhere warm and dry.
Salmson This car was MoT tested in June and driven to a show with many other examples of the marque. A hole has recently been found in the upper radiator chamber and a decision on repair or replacement will be made shortly.
MG M-type Unfortunately we have an ongoing issue with oil getting on to the clutch of the MG, causing it to slip. The oil does burn off after a short while and resolves the issue but it isn't ideal and a solution needs to be found. Cleaning has helped but the problem returns. It was noticed that the oil pressure was rather high at 70psi, which could be forcing the oil out and on to the plate, but further investigation has shown that the high pressure is normal for this type of car. If any of our members have experienced a similar problem and resolved it we would be interested to hear from you, or come and visit us
Carmichael fire tender With the new clutch fitted and the engine and gearbox cleaned, it was time to attempt to reconnect the two halves. A difficult task given the size and weight of the parts, but with the engine securely blocked on the trolley and the gearbox in the hoist the two were brought together. A little tap here and a wiggle there and surprisingly it all came together rather smoothly. Planning eh! Meanwhile we'd been working on the floor of
John Phillips working on the Carmichael fire tender (Mike Lay).
know, rain during the summer of 2018, but it did happen) the engine and gearbox were hoisted back into the body using a rather large gantry that just happened to be lying around. It all went sweetly and took half the time it did to remove! The drive-shafts have been reconnected, yes there are two, and the supporting cross-member bolted back into place. The transmission tunnel has been cleaned and painted and was back over the gearbox by the end of September. We have had a few problems along the way; some of the parts we want to replace due to condition are proving difficult to find, and we have three brown wires left over with seemingly nowhere to go! Debbie Crawt
the vehicle, which you may recall had significant areas of rust. However, with the chassis in good order and the affected parts being non-structural, it was decided to patch the holes with fibreglass. Now this can be a tricky and sticky process, and so it proved with my colleague undertaking the task, and most of the items and people around him being covered in the stuff! However, once set and all traces of the stray fibres cleaned up the area was painted. To protect the floor further aluminium sheets have been formed using a pattern (both sides are never the same) drawn on an old cardboard box. The aluminium sheets have been riveted in place. After a couple of weeks delay due to rain (I
Update Setting up in the shade on Sunday (Fred Wade).
22nd Grand Prix Retro Le Puy NotreDame
casing pre-war vehicles, held in the small town of Le Puy Notre-Dame nestled among the vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The weekend began for the team on Friday evening with the village hosting a street party for participants. The following day we set up the Brooklands Paddock in the square close to the pits and chatted to the visitors as best we could, using our French Brooklands flyers to assist. As the sun went down we began to prepare for the first run of the day. For many of us this evening run was a new experience if not a little daunting. First out of the blocks were the Morgans followed by the side-cars, many of whom performed
fter discovering a new event in France during 2017, volunteer Fred Wade suggested that the Brooklands Motorcycle Team take part in 2018. Perhaps contrary to popular belief, the Motorcycle Team is not always funded by the Museum on outreach events and so it was on this occasion that the team sponsored itself, travelling in two vans with six bikes that were a mix of privately-owned Museum bikes and volunteers' own bikes. The 22nd Grand Prix Retro took place over the weekend of 21st-22nd July and is an event show-
Left to right John Young (Tri-JAP special), Eric Wade (Brooklands Rudge Special) and Michael Digby (Triumph L2/1) await the start of the dusk run (M Gegg). Brooklands’ Jim Anderson (left) on a 1926 Rex Acme 348cc Blackburne with genuine Brooklands history. This bike was ridden by David Whitworth in pre-war races at Donington and Brooklands. He had much success and the bike made a name for itself as a giant killer! Post-war it was ridden by the late ‘Titch’ Allen who used it in a number of events and sprints. This included achieving a standing quarter-mile in 18.01 seconds in 1972. On the right is Ian Dabney on the Brooklands 1938 OK Supreme 350cc JAP. This bike was restored from a pile of bits by a member of the Motorcycle Team at the Museum. The unusual blue colour is correct for racing OK Supremes (M Gegg). hair-raising stunts on two wheels as they turned through the tight corners. Our first batch was the racing bikes, and it was a unique experience to see our 1930s Brooklands bikes running through the streets bedecked with LED lights. Something of a carnival atmosphere descended as the locals enjoyed the plentiful supply of food and wine to the backdrop of roaring engines and the smell of Castrol R. It was well after midnight when the roads were reopened for us to get the bikes back to the overnight storage area. Bill Whiteley on his AKD (left) waits with Brooklands’ Eric Wade, Rudge Special, in the courtyard (M Gegg).
Bill Whiteley on his AKD (left), Ian Dabney OK Supreme (rear) and Fred Wade (right) on the recreation of the bike Wal Handley rode in 1937 to gain a coveted Brooklands Gold Star for lapping the Brooklands Track at over 100mph. This success gave BSA the idea to market the successor of the M23 Empire Star as the M24 Gold Star (M Gegg).
A 1930s Stylson (left) with a group of Monet Goyons (M Gegg). On Sunday we headed back to the town for day two, opting for a space under the trees as the forecast was for another day in the 80s degrees Fahrenheit. There was a bit of drama when the race bikes were sent out before a display of vintage mopeds had finished their tour. Brooklands guest John Young, on his Youngâ€™s TriJAP special, led the way, closely followed by team member Michael Digby on his Triumph L2/1, only to be faced with the much slower bikes after turn two. The drama continued for three laps with the mopeds being used as mobile chicanes. The race bikes went out again for a less dramatic run followed by the road bikes. It was a stunning weekend helped of course by the weather. It is also one of a growing number of events for A Norton in the dappled sunlight (M Gegg).
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More bikes in the paddock (M Gegg). vintage cars and bikes that are run in France, so wearing my new hat as a member of the BTM committee I am beginning to research more events for these pages and the on-line newsletter.
This event was filmed by the BTM.tv team and is now available to view. The link is http://bit.ly/BTMVIEW Martin Gegg
Some of the regular French entrants line up in the paddock (M Gegg).
The Brooklands team and friends relax on Sunday (M Gegg).
FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Update Roz Hanby (Paul Stewart).
n 29th August, the aviator and co-founder of the Bremont Watch Company came to be filmed for an interview underneath Concorde and on Friday 7th September, occupying the exact same spot, Roz Hanby, who was a stewardess on Concorde, came to be photographed for the 50th anniversary issue of Campaign magazine. Roz was used a lot by the company in the 1980s for its advertising and became ‘the face of BA’. The shot was intended to re-enact the same pose used in a publicity campaign by BA. Lastly, and still with an aviation theme, Tracey Curtis-Taylor came to visit on 11th September to be photographed in the Flight Shed for an accompanying interview with The Times for that coming weekend’s issue of Times T2. Paul Stewart
Writing memoir and fiction workshops for adults
Family activities Join us during the school holidays for free drop-in craft and STEM-based activities suitable for children of all ages. During the Christmas holidays make your own reindeer decoration. Weather permitting, look out for our fleet of pedal planes circling the Shell Pagoda for under-fives. These sessions are free of charge and all the materials are provided.
We all have stories to tell. We can chat happily but when it comes to writing the stories down, where do you start? How do we know that what interests us will interest others? All these workshops will have a morning masterclass with examples from good writers and in the afternoon the opportunity to try a few exercises and learn to critique your own work and that of others (unless you’re shy…) At the end of the workshops we’ll be running a short story competition. Whether yours is a work of fiction or memoir (or a bit of both), we look forward to a good read! For more information or to book please contact the museum via e-mail virginiasmith@ brooklandsmuseum.com or phone us on 01932 857381. The workshop dates are 30th October Being there – setting and voice, 20th November Meeting your characters, 29th January Keeping up the interest – plotting to perfection, 26th February The short story and 26th March Polishing to perfection.
Mini Aces early years club for underfives Our Mini Aces sessions take place on the second Thursday of each month at 10.30am or 11.30am. If you would like more information, please check our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday Science workshops Look out for new, exciting Saturday Science workshops for children in their teens coming up in 2019! Please check our website regularly and If you are interested in joining our Saturday Science mailing list for updates on the latest workshops then please contact lward@brooklands museum.com Olivia French
The Brooklands Bulletin is the bi-monthly publication of the Brooklands Trust Members. This issue features reports on the Brooklands reunion...
Published on Feb 8, 2019
The Brooklands Bulletin is the bi-monthly publication of the Brooklands Trust Members. This issue features reports on the Brooklands reunion...