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GREAT WAR DAY PREPARING FOR PEACE THE COLONIAL COURSE MUSEUM COLLECTION ADDITIONS

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COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON any thanks to all the Bulletin’s readers, contributors and advertisers for your support in the past year, may we wish you the very best health, wealth and happiness for Christmas and the New Year.

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Although there might not be much daylight at this time of the year, there is still plenty to see and do at Brooklands. If you haven’t seen the new Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed yet, make sure you do so soon. One of the biggest events of the year will be the ‘gathering’ on January 1st and there are torchlight tours, Brooklands Trust Members’ talks and VSCC events during the rest of the month. Changes of address and Bulletin distribution queries If you have moved or have another enquiry about Bulletin distribution please contact the BTM Office on 01932 857381 extension 226 or e-mail members@brooklandsmuseum.co.uk

Contents Forthcoming events ................................................4 Contacts ..................................................................5

News Preparing for Peace ....................................................7 Great War Day ........................................................11 Autumn water sports day ........................................12 Brooklands All Stars jazz lunch ................................16 BTM Talk – Cobb Campbell and the Kings of Speed 16 Brooklands Trust Members’ Talks ............................20 BTM Annual Dinner ................................................20 BTM Talk – Aston Martin CMC 614 ........................23 Autumn Classic Breakfast ........................................26 BTM visit to the Mini factory ..................................27 Morgan mania ..........................................................28 Rob Walker Centenary Festival ................................30 We'll keep a welcome in the hillsides... ....................37 Brilliant season for Julian Grimwade ........................40 BTM Talk – Electric vehicles ....................................41 Golfing challenge ....................................................43 Valerie Mills and David Nagle ..................................44 View from the Clubhouse ........................................45 BTM Driving Group ................................................47 Tamalie Newbery looks back at year one ................48 Subscriptions ..........................................................48

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Brooklands Trust Members is the official support organisation for the Brooklands Museum and is dedicated to raising funds for the preservation of the historic Brooklands site. Members receive the Bulletin six times a year and enjoy free admission to the Museum except when major events are taking place, in which case additional charges might apply. Club level members have access to the Clubhouse bar on Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunchtimes. For full details of membership benefits contact the BTM Administrator, Tim Morris, on 01932 857381 extension 226 or visit www.brooklandsmembers.co.uk where you can also find the latest news on Brooklands.

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The Colonial or Overseas Course ..........................34 Chairman’s report ................................................49 Members’ matters ..................................................49 Letters ..................................................................52

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Museum Collections ............................................55 Estates and Heritage ............................................59 Car Rides ..............................................................61 Outreach ..............................................................62 Motoring Volunteers ............................................62 Filming and photography ....................................64 Learning ..............................................................65

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Front cover photo: BTM Vice-Chairman Julian Grimwade notched up numerous wins in 2018 with his Frazer Nash Norris Special. Photo by Peter de Rousset-Hall.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Dates and details are subject to change, so please check the Museum website at www.brooklandsmuseum.com, e-mail events@brooklandsmuseum.com 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.

JANUARY

MARCH

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27th 31st

New Year’s Day Gathering. Pre-1989 classics parking on the Museum site. Displays. Modern sports and super-car paddock in The Heights. Torchlight Tour. Includes bowl of hot soup with rustic bread. Pre-booking only via events@brooklandsmuseum.com BTM Talk. An evening hosted by Simon Taylor and Steve Nicholls who will discuss one of the most successful F1 cars of the 1988 season, the McLaren MP4/4. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. NB the Talk on the Rob Walker Racing Team has been postponed until 11th April. Piano music in the Members’ Bar at lunchtime. 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. Cobb, Campbell and the Kings of Speed (part two). Steve Cropley hosts Don Wales, Allan Winn and David Tremayne. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details.

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13th 17th 24th 31st

APRIL 7th

London Bus Museum Spring Gathering. Bus displays, bus rides, trade stalls. Parking in The Heights*. 8th-20th Easter Holiday family activities (including Car Rides subject to weather and serviceability). 11th BTM Talk. Rob Rennie, organiser of the Rob Walker Centenary Festival on the Rob Walker racing team of the 1950s and 60s. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. Weekdays only and excluding Bank holidays. 13th Concorde Aviation Day. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s first flight. See Museum website for details. Parking in The Heights*. 14th MG Era. Test Hill ascents, club stands, displays, cavalcade on Mercedes-Benz circuit. Parking in The Heights for those not in an MG*. 28th British Marques Day. Displays, club stands, trade stalls, Test Hill ascents. Parking in The Heights for those not in a British marque vehicle*.

FEBRUARY 13th

13th 14th 17th 21st

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Concorde Event. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s first flight. See Museum website for details. BTM Talk. Matt James, ‘The History of the British Saloon Car Championships 19582018. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. BTM Track Day (cars). Castle Combe. See ‘BTM Driving Group’ page for details. Contact angelahume@brooklandsmembers.co.uk CSMA/Boundless Brooklands Autosolo. Motor sport event run by the CSMA on the Finishing Straight. Mini Day. Club displays, trade village, Test Hill in action. Parking in The Heights for those not in a Mini*. Bentley Drivers’ Club rally finish. Parking in The Heights*.

BTM Trip. Coach visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker at Uxbridge. Limited places. Not suitable for those who cannot cope with 76 steps. See ‘BTM Driving Group’ page for details. Contact angelahume@brooklandsmembers .co.uk Torchlight Tour. Includes bowl of hot soup with rustic bread. Pre-booking only via events@brooklandsmuseum.com BTM Talk. Steve Parrish with British motorcycle road racer, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. 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. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. Piano music in the Members’ Bar at lunchtime.

MAY 4th

9th

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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 unless bringing in an Italian car or motorcycle*. BTM Talk. A look at the former Send-based racing team Connaught and the Graham Rabagliati book Send to Syracuse. See ‘BTM


FORTHCOMING EVENTS 12th

12th

18th

19th 26th

Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. BTM Driving Group. ‘The Semaphore Line’ touring assembly. See ‘BTM Driving Group’ page for details. Contact angelahume@brooklandsmembers.co.uk Emergency Services Day. Demonstrations and displays of classic and modern emergency vehicles. Meet the people who help our co mmunities. 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 for those not in a vehicle registered before 1970*. Spring Classic Breakfast. Displays and Test Hill ascents. Gates open at 7.45am. Mopar Muscle Association meeting. Static displays.

events, Test Hill Challenge and fly-in (subject to operational conditions) on Sunday. Parking in The Heights*. London Bus Museum Summer Gathering. Bus displays, bus rides, trade stalls. Parking in The Heights*. Brooklands Motorcycle Day. Classic and modern motorcycle displays and Test Hill ascents, with demonstration session on the Finishing Straight. Parking in The Heights unless on a motorcycle*.

23rd 30th

JULY 13th 14th

18th

JUNE 2nd

De Dion Bouton UK. Trike racing on the Finishing Straight. Parking in the Heights*. 7th-10th BTM Trip. Circuit Historique de Laon. Check availability with angelahume@brooklands members.co.uk 9th Smart Car Club. Static displays. 15th BTM Talk. The first non-stop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in the Vickers Vimy. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. 15th-16th Double Twelve Motorsport Festival. Speed trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit on Saturday, club displays, driving tests, concours

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Historics Auction www.historics.co.uk Supercar Sunday. Action on Mercedes-Benz World circuit, Test Hill in action, trade stalls, club displays. Premium Event, details on the website. Parking in The Heights*. BTM Talk. A chance to look back 50 years to Apollo 11’s landing the first man on the moon. Music, fashion and life in the 1960s. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking details. BTM Classic Car Show and Retro-Jumble. Static display, with trade stands and entertainment.

*Parking arrangements

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.

Parking arrangements for other weekend events are: • 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.

CONTACTS Brooklands Trust Members

Brooklands Museum

Members’ Administrators (all membership levels) Tim Morris and Jeni Larwood Postal address as for the Museum 01932 857381 ext 226 Monday to Friday members@brooklandsmuseum.com Chairman Neil Bailey 07970 206778 chairman@brooklandsmembers.co.uk Secretary Kevin Lee 01932 562246 kevin@abbeywalls.com Tours and Trips Angela Hume 07884 184882 angelahume@brooklandsmembers.co.uk Outreach David Norfolk 01372 373929 david@davidnorfolk.wanadoo.co.uk Talks Steve Clarke 07860 355525 steveclarke@brooklandsmembers.co.uk www.brooklandsmembers.co.uk

Brooklands Road Weybridge Surrey KT13 0QN 01932 857381 Fax 01932 855465 www.brooklandsmuseum.com CEO Tamalie Newbery ext 243 Director of Collections, Interpretation & Heritage Alex Patterson ext 247 Volunteer Resources Manager Sue Lewin ext 242 Estates and Heritage Manager Julian Temple ext 240 Director of Learning and Participation Virginia Smith ext 248

Charity number 296661. Please quote this if making donations or requesting them via a funeral director.

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Curatorial and Archive Enquiries Andrew Lewis ext 246 Chief Operating Officer Amanda Squires ext 255 Head of Track & Air Events Steve Castle ext 244 Events Manager Donna Marshall ext 253 events@brooklandsmuseum.com Concorde Operations Manager Michelina Caliendo-Sear ext 237 flyconcorde@brooklandsmuseum.com Hospitality Sales Manager Joanna Rodgers ext 251 hospitality@brooklandsmuseum.com Marketing and PR Manager Paul Stewart ext 249 Except where otherwise noted, Museum e-mail addresses have the format forenamesurname@brooklandsmuseum.com


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PREPARING FOR PEACE

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‘We will remember them’ (Tim Morris). In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The Larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. From In Flanders Fields, John McCrae 1872-1918

specially written plays based on real local Weybridge residents. If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is forever England From The Soldier, Rupert Brooke 1887-1915

11th November 1918 At the back of the Napier Room, mementos of the First World War had been displayed by neighbours along with their own family stories. They included photographs, medals, letters and post cards sent from the front, along with newspaper clippings and even an 18-pound shell case. There were also examples of two modern installations that poignantly marked the centenary – one of the 888,246 poppies from the Tower of London’s ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation in 2014 and a shrouded figure from the original ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ artwork by Rob Heard displayed in Exeter and Bristol, one of 19,240 figures representing lives lost on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Members sent in their own personal stories and

Across Europe the date of Armistice is stamped into our consciousness. A day to remember those who fell during the 'war to end all wars' and those who perished in other conflicts. These last four years of the centenary of the Great War have focussed the mind not just on the bravery and courage of those fighting, but also on many other aspects resulting from the war – religion, home life, class, suffrage and more. The Brooklands Trust Members’ end of war event centred on these aspects and included personal stories from members whose own relatives took part in the conflict; from the officers, those left at home, the infantry, lancers and those providing a vital support service in the Labour Corps. The finale was a performance by local players of four

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Karl Kuss somewhere in France in 1917 (Chris Cuss).

Mementos of the First World War displayed at the back of the Napier Room (Liz Morris). he told was of Hugh Dowling, of Battle of Britain fame, inspecting the squadron and asking him what he was doing. Dad replied that he was guarding the coal shed. Dowling replied ‘Buy a padlock’ and moved on. Dad only fired one shot during hostilities, at a wild boar which he missed. His military career came to an unfortunate end – whilst riding at night he came off second best in a collision with a truck and was returned to Blighty.’ What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. From ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, Wilfred Owen 1893-1918

one we received too late for display came from Chris Cuss: ‘My father always claimed that owning a Douglas motorcycle before the outbreak of the war saved his life. This was because when he arrived at the recruiting centre, and having been turned down as an RFC instrument fitter, he saw some men trying their hand at riding a motorcycle. He asked for a turn and as he was already proficient, passed easily and became a despatch rider rather than being sent to the trenches. Reading in a fairly recent Brooklands Bulletin that the RFC trained riders on P&N bikes at Brooklands set me wondering if Dad would have ridden on the Track. Although born in London, his parents were German and worked in the family’s clock importing business. Having a name like Karl Kuss and a German accent from his days at clock-making school in the Black Forest must have caused the odd raised eyebrow. His group was based in the St Omer region. One anecdote

The evening itself was interspersed with poetry and prose readings from Jenny Lockyer and Vern

Callie James, Tim Morris, Alex Patterson, Mike Dawes and Lord Trefgarne were our speakers (Liz Morris).

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Motorcycle races during WWI at Brooklands – held for injured soldiers from Brooklands House (Brooklands Museum Archive). Faenza in Italy from 1917-19. He survived and lived to the ripe old age of 94 despite being Griffiths, many of which brought the performers diagnosed with a ‘dicky heart’ in 1916. Mike themselves to the edge of tears as well as the auDawes told of his Great Aunt, Alice Gillett, who dience. The speakers began with Alex Patterson, lost both her husband and brother. Her husband, the Museum’s new Head of Collections, recalling Arthur Granger, joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers the role Brooklands played during the Great War. at the outbreak of war and perished in the mud Hugh Locke King generously offered the of Passchendaele in 1917. Her brother, Ernest Brooklands site to the War Office, the Royal Gillett, also died at Passchendaele, his body was Flying Corps (RFC) trained pilots and observers never found. Caroline James spoke of her Greatwithin the grounds and military aircraft production great Uncle Charles Hunt and how she knew by Vickers, Sopwith and others expanded rapidly. nothing about him until finding a bag of photos By 1917, 35 Vickers SE5as were being made and letters, and then researching him in the every day at Brooklands. The Locke Kings also National Archives. She wrote the first blog in the gave over their own house (now Brooklands Archives Series of WWI memories about him, College) to become a military hospital, with 160 which is available on-line. Charles joined the 12th beds by the end of the war. Lancers and was sent to France, 11 days after Alex was followed by former Brooklands arriving he died of wounds received at Mons/Moy. Museum Trust Chairman Lord Trefgarne who His brother Richard joined up after he was killed recounted his father’s (George Garros-Jones) story and served in France until 1918 when he too as a member of the RFC who later became an perished on the battlefield. honorary captain in the Royal Air Force. Members The second half consisted of a group of plays Administrator Tim Morris spoke of his Grandperformed by Quick Fix Theatre and sponsored father, Tom Thornton’s, experience as a man by the R C Sherriff Trust. Four Families of the deemed unfit to fight in the infantry. He was Fallen, written by Ben Wilson, looked at different seconded to the Labour Corps and spent time in aspects of the aftermath of war inspired by names France during 1916-17 servicing the front line by found in the St James’ Church Roll of Honour and building miniature railways before being sent to 35 RAF Vickers SE5as were produced each day at Brooklands in 1917 (Brooklands Museum Archive).

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George Garros-Jones (Lord Trefgarne).

Lancer Charles Hunt (Caroline James). Quick fix Theatre on stage (Tim Morris).

Tom Thornton in a studio picture from Castellamare in 1918 (Tim Morris).

local newspaper clippings. The short plays; Two Mothers, The White feather, Lest We Forget and Revelations examined such aspects as the role of the church, the rationale for war, class, family bonds and the pressures of balancing family life with the needs of war. The evening ended with a trumpeter from Gordon’s School taking centre stage to play The Last Post with the theatre players, in period costume, behind him. Two minutes silence, followed by Reveille, brought a poignant and sometimes sobering evening to an end. One member summed up the event by saying that it was “an evening I doubt we shall ever forget”.

The Scoreboard with an appropriate message (Tim Morris).

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The Last post (Tim Morris).

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From For the Fallen, Robert Laurence Binyon 1869-1943

Read Callie James’ National Archive blog at https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/mytommys-war-an-eastender-in-the-lancers/ Preparing for Peace is available to view on the new BTM.tv You Tube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJZgTGV6VZ0 Tim Morris

GREAT WAR DAY 2018

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rowds gathered at the Museum on Sunday 30th September to commemorate the activities on the Brooklands site during the First World War. Re-enactors set up camp in the Paddock and

Showing how it’s done with much concentration (Martin Gegg). carried out rifle drill and educated visitors on the life of soldiers during these difficult years. Period vehicles and aircraft were on display and the Museum’s Motorcycle Team arranged a recreation of the motorcycle serpentine event originally held at the United Services Event on 19th August 1915. Entrants on their period motorcycles tackled the obstacles, impressing the audience

Julian Wade on a 1914 WD BSA Model H taking part in the serpentine demonstration (Martin Gegg).

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Re-enactors with the Matchless from the Tank Museum – gun at the ready (Martin Gegg).

with their skills. Also on site was the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust’s 1916 Matchless Model 8B/2M motorcycle gun carrier on loan for the day from the Tank Museum. As well as adding to the atmosphere of the WWI camp, the Matchless was part of the photo opportunity on the newly opened Finishing Straight. Martin Gegg

Another rider tackles the course (Martin Gegg).

AUTUMN WATER SPORTS DAY

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ow do you start to describe Autumn Motorsport Day? Damp, no that doesn’t do it, wet, getting there but still not perfect, monsoon, that’s more like it. It was definitely a day for 'full wets', both on the cars and for the marshalling team, who did a great job in keeping everything in order! Despite the weather conditions, a good selection of cars turned up for the day, of all different shapes and sizes. These ranged from the great line up of NASCARs to be seen parked in the Race Bays, through the group of cars that are regular runners in the British Off-Road Championship, and a selection of racing karts that were brought along by the members of Camberley Kart Club. Also on display, arranged by Phil Ward of Auto Italia magazine, were a number of Italian vehicles,

News including competition prepared Ferraris, Abarths and Fiats. Also to be found on display in the Paddock area were Porsche 911s, Alpine A110s, Aston Martins, Fords of different types and one of the last Minis to take part in the Network Q Rally of Great Britain. On display in the ERA Shed was the winner of this year’s British Touring Car Championship for drivers, manufacturers and teams, the BMW 125i M Sport that was run by West Surrey Racing. Unfortunately it couldn’t be run this year as there was no one available to drive it, but we hope this will happen in the future. On the Finishing Straight, Farnborough District Motor Club and Basingstoke Motor Club put on a demonstration of autotesting for the visitors, with the added attraction of members of

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NASCARs in the Race Bays (Tim Morris). the public being able to take a few laps of the course sitting next to the drivers. Many of the people who tried this for themselves got out of the cars with big smiles on their faces and a wish

to take part in something similar themselves in the future. The lunchtime demonstration laps at MercedesBenz World were more akin to powerboat racing

On the Finishing Straight, Farnborough District Motor Club and Basingstoke Motor Club put on a demonstration of autotesting for the visitors (Tim Morris).

Allan Winn piloting the Napier-Railton (Tim Morris).

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Cross-country cars carrying on regardless (Tim Morris).

as the rain started to come down even more heavily as we were queuing to drive over to the circuit. The demonstrations featured six groups of cars, with the Napier-Railton, ably piloted by Allan Winn, leading out one of the first. Also seen to be enjoying the conditions were Julian Grimwade in the Norris Special and Richard Wade in his 4½-litre Bentley. Although there were due to be more of them running, in the end only one of the NASCAR cars joined in, but with in excess of 750 horsepower, slick tyres and no windscreen wipers it is hardly surprising that it was on its own! Impressive nonetheless, and it sounded great. Being built to go across rough terrain at motorway speeds, the crosscountry car drivers didn’t worry about the rain, so they just carried on as normal, thoroughly

entertaining the crowd in the process. The drivers in the rally cars were the same, and exhibited the ‘carry on regardless’ attitude that most competition drivers share, with some sideways moments to be seen in a few of the corners. Also not to be put off by the conditions were the kart drivers, who just bolted on a set of rain tyres, put on their rain suits and went out to entertain the visitors. With drivers from seven years old up to adults, the different karts showed how easy it is to take up racing in this exciting branch of the sport. Although Test Hill ascents were planned for the afternoon, the stream that was running down it prevented us from doing so. Here’s hoping for better conditions for next year. Steve Castle

Only one NASCAR joined the circuit at Mercedes-Benz World (Katharine Allen).

Camberley Kart Club members brought along a selection of racing karts (Katharine Allen).

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BROOKLANDS ALL STARS JAZZ LUNCH

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The line-up, left to right was Andy Lawrence (double bass), Bob Webb (soprano, tenor and alto saxophone), Mike Cotton (trumpet, harmonica and vocals), Graham Hughes (slide and valve trombones, harmonica and vocals) and Tony Pitt (banjo) (Nigel Brecknell). n Friday 19th October the ever versatile All Anyone coming for the first time would believe Stars entertained an enthusiastic, packed that they played together throughout the year audience in the Members’ Bar and Blue Bird rather than just at our events in March and Room. October. The Jazz Lunch, for Club level members The line-up was the same as March and such and their guests, is organised by long-time was the quality of the playing that the audience Brooklands volunteer and musician Bob Webb. were reluctant to let them go come 3.00pm. We look forward to their return next March. Nigel Brecknell

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BTM TALK – COBB, CAMPBELL AND THE KINGS OF SPEED

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n his introduction, BTM Talks organiser Steve Clarke invited the audience to imagine they were sitting in a bar with three gentlemen who were going to discuss the Land Speed Record and its history at Brooklands, and to forget that there were another 239 people listening. When the three gentlemen are Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and a Land Speed Record holder in his own right, Allan Winn, former Museum Director and walking Brooklands encyclopaedia, and question-master Steve Cropley of Autocar, it is time to sit back and enjoy. Initially, setting a Land Speed Record (LSR) wasn’t the objective and there were no regulations, it was just a question of pushing a car’s top speed to a higher limit. December 18th 1898 saw the first official record and in the early years Belgian Camille Jenatzy broke the record several times. The speed went from 40 to 75mph in two years. In time the two-way requirement – going

Don Wales (left) with Allan Winn (Gareth Tarr).

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through the measured mile in opposite directions within one hour – was introduced and at that point the record speed actually went down. This first two-way record was set at Brooklands by L G ‘Cupid’ Hornstead in a ‘Blitzen’ Benz. Indeed, these monstrous 21½ litre Benzes featured in several records in the pre-World War One period – Victor Hémery used a Blitzen when he became the first person to break the record at Brooklands in 1909. In 1911 Barney Oldfield went over 140mph in a Blitzen, although this was not recognised in Europe because it was one-way. Hémery was to break other records at Brooklands in 1912 with the Lorraine-Dietrich ‘Vieux Charles’, now owned by Richard Nash and on permanent display at the Museum. It wasn’t long before the name Malcolm Campbell came into the conversation, with Don Wales saying that his grandfather had first come to Brooklands in 1907/8, initially racing motorcycles. His first racing car, a Darracq, which he bought in 1909, had been used by Hémery to win the Vanderbilt Cup. This was the first ‘Blue Bird’, named after a play, The Blue Bird of Happiness. In 1922 Kenelm Lee Guinness broke the LSR at Brooklands with a 350hp Sunbeam, the final time the record was achieved at the Track and indeed the last on any closed circuit. This Sunbeam was to become Malcolm Campbell’s first LSR Blue Bird, achieving over 150mph at Pendine Sands in 1925 (the Guinness record at that time was 133mph). Although Parry Thomas took the record up to 170mph with ‘Babs’, his was the last by a car with a huge aero engine in a crude chassis. To go faster would require a purpose-built car and Campbell commissioned such a vehicle, powered by a Napier Lion engine, designed by Amherst Villiers and officially designated the Napier-Campbell Blue Bird. First appearing in 1927, this Blue Bird was to be much altered over the years and was still breaking records in 1935, even if little of the original machine remained by then. The later version of the car was designed by Reid Railton and built by Thompson and Taylor at Brooklands. Although the Campbell fortune had been made in diamonds, Malcolm was to go into insurance, working for Tysers, which is still Brooklands’ insurance broker today. The Napier-Campbell Blue Bird broke its first record in 1927 at Pendine Sands with a speed of 174mph.

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By now the 240 strong Napier Room ‘bar’ audience was enthralled and more tales of Campbell, his adversaries and allies flowed. Don Wales told the tale of a family heirloom, a sword that was supposedly one of five made by an Italian blacksmith for Bonnie Prince Charlie (almost certainly not true) but this is one of many myths surrounding his grandfather. Meanwhile Allan Winn reflected that the ‘Kings of Speed’ all relied on a small group of experts equally driven as themselves; for Campbell this was Leo Villa and Harry Leech, Cobb had Ken Taylor and Reid Railton. And where did Campbell come to demonstrate his successful LSR cars? Brooklands of course, a place he loved. Eventually Campbell took Blue Bird to Thompson and Taylor for Reid Railton to re-engineer. Out with the Napier and in with a Rolls-Royce ‘'R’ V12, a better gearbox, which allowed the driver to sit lower, and new bodywork manufactured by Gurney Nutting. In its final specification the Rolls-Royce Blue Bird was to take Campbell to a record 301.1mph in September 1935. The name of Henry Segrave came up next, a real Boy’s Own hero; an old-Etonian with film star looks and great charm. He broke the record in 1927 in the twin-engined 1,000hp Sunbeam 'Slug' whose body was tested in the Vickers wind tunnel at Brooklands. It went over 230mph. He took the record higher in the Napier Lion powered Golden Arrow, a stunning car that only ever covered 11 miles – its two record runs! It was time to talk about John Cobb. This shy man from Esher, whose family made their money as fur brokers, first came to Brooklands as a spectator, then became a riding mechanic before starting his own racing career (winning his second race, in a Fiat). He wanted to have the fastest racing car at Brooklands and commissioned Thompson and Taylor to build the NapierRailton. In addition to setting the ultimate Brooklands lap record (143.44 mph) the NapierRailton would also take the world 24 hours record at Bonneville in both 1935 and 1936, the latter being at over 150mph. In 1937 Cobb switched to the LSR and commissioned Reid Railton to design the fabulous Railton Special. Railton’s finest hour, the sophisticated Special, weighed three tonnes when compared to the seven to eight-tonne blunderbuss approach of


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LSR through 300mph and Cobb was the first to reach 400mph. Far too soon Steve Clarke had to call time on the three gentlemen. We had learnt a lot about the heroes of speed (lots more than can be reported here) but the feeling was that there was far more to tell. An opportunity for a second talk hopefully beckons and no doubt the Napier Room ‘bar’ will be full again. Gareth Tarr

others. It had an unusual ‘S’ shaped chassis, two engines, the rear driving the front wheels and vice versa, and the ultimate tear-drop shape. The car had no radiator, its engines being cooled by ice which, after being melted by that task, was used to cool the brakes while slowing at the end of each run. Cobb took the LSR before World War Two at Bonneville (369mph) and after the war achieved a 394mph two-way average, one of the runs being over 400mph. So, Campbell took the

BROOKLANDS TRUST MEMBERS’ TALKS

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The Rob Walker Centenary Festival in Dorking – a brace of Ferrari 250 SWB models, both driven by Sir Stirling Moss in the early 1960s (Gareth Tarr).

his ‘Talks News’ will be my final entry for 2018, giving me an opportunity to reflect on the volume and quality of our guest speakers and presenters, in both our Classic Talks series and our ever-popular Motor Sport Legends programme. Your support and enthusiasm has been overwhelming and for that the team thanks you. So, looking towards the New Year, it’s going to be yet another packed and varied programme, with some yet to be disclosed surprises! I know that many of you attended the Rob Walker Centenary Festival on Sunday 21st October. The event was the brainchild of Brooklands Trust Member Rob Rennie, who crafted a wonderful day to mark the anniversary. Unfortunately Rob was taken seriously ill just two weeks before the event and whilst he managed to attend on the day, he has been advised to now take full rest and recuperate until the New Year. We have therefore taken the decision to postpone Rob’s talk on the Rob Walker centenary until 11th April. Taking its place on 17th January will be an evening hosted by Simon Taylor and Steve Nicholls. The subject being one of the most

successful Formula One cars of the 1988 season, the McLaren MP4/4. Steve Parrish will make his first 2019 appearance with Shane Byrne, often known as ‘Shakey’, a British motorcycle road racer. He is a six-time winner of the British Superbike Championship, the only person in the history of the series to take six titles. Join Steve and Shakey on 14th February, a great Valentine gift for someone! On 21st February we will welcome back our good friend and member Harry Sherrard. Harry’s subject will be ‘The Battle of Britain, a German perspective’. On Thursday 7th March we will play host to the author Matt James and his subject is ‘The History of the British Saloon Car Championships 1958-2018’. We hope to have some special guest drivers along on the night. We will turn our attention to the former Send-

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co.uk or call 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 on 01932 857381, extension 226 (Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 5.00pm). To hear the food menu for each talk please call 07857 874456 (recorded announcement), available four days before the event. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. Steve Clarke and the Talks Team

based racing team Connaught and the Graham Rabagliati book Send to Syracuse on 9th May. Finally, on Friday 15th June, we will pay tribute to the first non-stop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in a Brooklands-built Vickers Vimy. I am aware that many of you want to know when Damon Hill will be the subject of an evening with Simon Taylor, well it will happen, good things come to those who wait! Here is a reminder of just how easy it is to book tickets for all these forthcoming events. For Classic Talks contact talks@brooklandsmembers.

BTM ANNUAL DINNER 2018

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Damon Hill with BTM Chairman Neil Bailey (Gareth Tarr).

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as Brooklands Trust Members’ Chairman Neil Bailey tempting fate when he used the 'B' word in his opening address to members at the Annual Dinner? Well, in contrast to that week’s histrionics in Westminster, this didn’t trigger a spate of resignations from the Committee making their own Br(ooklands)exit. But the dinner did mark significant changes as we welcomed new BTM President, 1996 Formula One World Champion Damon Hill OBE to a formal BTM event for the first time. It was also the first Annual Dinner for Museum Director Tamalie Newbery as she approached the end of her first year in charge. We also remembered those who have served before and Philip Strickland gave an update on retiring President Sir Stirling Moss OBE. Philip, our first Chairman, was able to report that although ‘Mr Motor Racing’ had been seriously ill his condition has improved and he is responding to further treatment and physiotherapy. Members and guests drank a toast in honour of the man

Former BTM Chairman Philip Strickland updates guests with news on Sir Stirling Moss (Gareth Tarr). who is a hero to so many. We had the ideal guest speaker – veteran journalist and broadcaster Simon Taylor, who not only reported on our new President’s career but was also working for Autosport when Damon’s father Graham won his second World Championship exactly 50 years ago. Simon referred to those early days of his career as a golden era when, as a journalist, he might sit next to drivers on a flight to a Grand Prix or be staying in the same hotel, so access to stars such as Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt and Jo Siffert was not an issue and 'off the record’ comments were respected. Today, if one can get an interview with a driver this will take place with a PR person alongside to make sure there are no off the record remarks. In those earlier days journalists did have to be careful over the appropriate moment to approach a driver, indeed one had to evaluate when to speak to

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Speaker Simon Taylor and his wife Pearl

Fabulous Pebble Beach Concours posters and a Concorde Experience were some of the auction lots (Gareth Tarr). was due to show the race in the afternoon so the only live coverage of the event was Simon’s radio commentary for the BBC. Due to heavy rain the start of the race was significantly delayed with a consequence that its climax would be at about 8.00am UK time when the ‘Sunday Service’ was scheduled to commence on the BBC network. With about 10 minutes of the race to go Simon got a message from the London studio in his ear, “Can you wrap up please Tokyo,” but he pretended not to have heard, carried on talking and the UK got the full story. There was confusion at the end of the race with Hunt needing to finish fourth or higher to win the championship, but the official scoreboard showed him fifth. Taylor’s faithful lap-charter reckoned James was third and as he crossed the line Simon declared, “James Hunt is the World Champion”. To his great relief the scoreboard changed to show the correct result, not that Hunt knew this. There is a famous picture of a furious Hunt climbing out of the car in the paddock believing he had lost the championship and team manager Teddy Meyer thrusting his hand in the air showing three fingers for the correct result. Ron Howard later made a film (Rush) about that championship year in which Simon was to have a part. Simon described James Hunt as “the classic British Cavalier” but felt that Damon Hill was more of a British hero because he let his deeds do the talking. However, he also observed that all the drivers during his career, from Clark to Hamilton, were heroes. He also reflected that we were having dinner in the same room that heroes of the

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Graham Hill based on the demeanour of his chin! On one occasion the meagrely recompensed Taylor was happy to be invited to dinner by driver Piers Courage (an heir of the brewing family) who was staying at the Madrid Ritz. The maître d’ of the hotel’s restaurant refused the casually dressed journalist entry because he wasn’t wearing a tie. Simon was given the key to Piers’ room to select a tie from his immaculate wardrobe and dinner was enjoyed with the journalist wearing dresscode-complying neck-wear as an accompaniment to his jeans and T-shirt. One highlight of Simon’s career was the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix at which James Hunt won his world championship. In the UK, television

Another artistic masterpiece from volunteer Michael Sands for the menu card (Gareth Tarr).

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about safeguarding history and inspiring people. Around 15,000 schoolchildren come to the Museum every year and Simon has witnessed first-hand how it enthuses the younger generation. He recalled how, as a young boy raised in the West Country, whenever he came to London on the train a shiver went down his spine as he went past Brooklands. It is a wonder how Michael Sands comes up with fresh ideas for his 3D menu cards which have become an Annual Dinner tradition and this year’s creation depicting Brooklands’ official timekeeper A V Ebblewhite was up with the best. We are grateful for these fabulous mementoes (I can count 10 in my collection). The ever-entertaining Clive Emson ran an auction with his usual aplomb, extracting over £1,100 from members’ wallets for lots that included signed Damon Hill books, fabulous Pebble Beach Concours posters and a Concorde experience. Finally, thanks as always goes to the tireless Angela Hume without whom these occasions would never happen. The 180 members and guests who attended – a sell-out – enjoyed a great evening, time to forget the dreaded ‘B’' word for a few hours at least. Gareth Tarr

Damon Hill with wife Georgie (Gareth Tarr) past – Cobb, Campbell, Mays and many others – had eaten. In the finishing minutes of his speech Simon reflected on wider matters. As we commemorate the end of World War One 100 years ago we remember that not only was this big history but also little history; the individual stories of the 17 million killed in the conflict. And Brooklands is

BTM TALK – ASTON MARTIN CMC 614

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CMC 614 racing at the 2018 Le Mans Classic (Gareth Tarr).

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Aston Martin up to the release of the Ulster model. Stephen can honestly say that he has known Aston Martins all his life as he was transported to and from hospital at his birth in a 1933 1½-litre saloon. His father was to become Chairman of the Aston Martin Owners’ Club and Stephen has owned many of the cars and written several books about the marque.

here is a multitude of books on car marques and models but to find some that focus on one particular chassis is rare. Porter Press however is doing just that and its latest publication in its ‘Exceptional Car’ series is Aston Martin Ulster – The remarkable history of CMC 614. The author, Stephen Archer, came to Brooklands to give a talk about the car together with a potted history of

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1½-litre engine which was to form the basis of the next Aston Martin, indeed the company patented the engine’s cylinder head design. In 1927 the first series of 1½-litre cars was introduced; these are often referred to as ‘Internationals' and were made up to 1932. Bertelli insisted that running successful racing cars was key to the company’s commercial fortunes and 1928 saw the first appearance at Le Mans, with cars referred to as LM1 and LM2 (the last team car was LM21 which first ran in 1935). Gordon Sutherland, son of a Newcastle shipbuilder, was the seventh rescuer of the company in 1932 and under his stewardship it did make money. The third series of the 1½-litre was much improved, sold well and was to form the basis of the Ulster. In 1933 the company made a record 103 cars. The following year there were four team cars for Le Mans – LM10, 11, 12 and 14, but they all failed in the race. Later in the year the team entered the TT at Newtownards in Ulster. The TT rules only allowed production cars, so LM11 and 12 were re-chassised as LM15 and 16 as the lightened chassis of the original cars was ineligible. A new chassis – LM17 – was also entered. Bertelli’s wife insisted that the cars must be painted red as opposed to the previous green that had proved so disastrous at Le Mans. Fotheringham and Bertelli (in LM16) were to finish third overall in the race and first in class with LM17 17th overall and third in class. Five weeks after the TT success the first Ulster model was displayed at the Earls Court Motor Show. This was priced at £750 (roughly £51,000 today) and about three times the average annual salary at the time. Compared to the Series II touring car, the Ulster was eight inches narrower, had a clever inverted boat-tail rear (that allowed the spare wheel to be mounted low) and an underslung chassis. Weight was 914kg and the engine pushed out 80hp. In February 1935 CMC 614 was registered – chassis number B5/549/U; ‘U’ obviously for Ulster, ‘B’ signifies the month and '5' the year – in green with a green interior. The car was built for Eddie Hall (who famously completed the 1950 Le Mans in a Bentley as the sole driver). Hall wanted to do the Mille Miglia but with co-driver Marsden completed only 350 miles of the Italian classic. In contrast Clark and Faulkner finished 22nd overall and first in class in LM17. The 1935 Le Mans saw seven Aston Martins entered, including CMC 614. LM20 was to finish third overall, winning both the class and

Author Stephen Archer (Gareth Tarr). Any account of the Aston Martin company cannot avoid its somewhat shaky financial history – it needed re-financing seven times before World War Two and has returned a profit in approximately 10 of its 100-plus years of existence. It was somewhat auspicious then that the talk took place on the day after the company shares were traded on the Stock Exchange for the first time. Incidentally, one of those early investors who kept the company afloat was Count Zborowski, perhaps better known for the three ‘Chitty Bang Bang’ cars that appeared at Brooklands in the early 1920s. A fourth car – the Higham Special – was bought by Parry Thomas who turned it into his Land Speed Record car ‘Babs’ which members may have seen at Brooklands. It is an indicator of the poor commercial record of the Aston Martin company that by 1925 it had only made 60 cars. That year also saw founders Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin suing the latest investor, Lord Charnwood. Bamford and Martin won what is considered a landmark case in common law but were granted damages of £1. As a consequence Martin left the company. The following year Charnwood reformed it, bringing in engineers William Renwick and A C ‘Bert’ Bertelli and re-located the business to Feltham. This pair had already designed their own prototype, the ‘Buzz-box’, which was significant for its

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handicap (Rudge Cup). CMC, driven by Clark and Faulkner, finished eighth overall, fourth in class and first non-team Aston. Finally that year CMC was entered by Eddie Hall in the Targa Abruzzo at Pescara and finished fourth overall and first in class driven by Jonny Lurani and Strazza. This was the last works outing for CMC 614. Over the years since, CMC 614 has passed through several hands and was painted blue at one stage. Recent owner Adam Lindemann, a New York art dealer, recently had the car put back to its original specification by Ecurie Bertelli. During restoration, a hinge was found with some of the original paint on it, enabling the restorers to identify the right colour. Lindemann also commissioned the Porter Press book, although he subsequently sold the car in 2017. CMC 614 was never raced at Brooklands, indeed Ulsters rarely did, and no team cars appeared at Brooklands. Gareth Tarr

Stephen’s book (Gareth Tarr). Aston Martin Ulster – The remarkable history of CMC 614 by Stephen Archer, ISBN 978-1-90708532-1, is published by Porter Press International Ltd, (www.porterpress.co.uk) at £30.

AUTUMN CLASSIC BREAKFAST

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ou can never be sure about the weather at the Autumn Classic Breakfast, being held in early November. This year, however, we were blessed with a fine morning and that brought out

the classics in high numbers. It was also the day of the London to Brighton Run so veteran cars were busy celebrating the lifting of the red flag, a step towards motoring as we know it today. Here

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Malcolm Longstaff powers up the Test Hill in his 1953 Morris Minor (Tim Morris).

Big Chevrolet...

...and little Chevrolet (Tim Morris).

Ford Capris by the Campbell Sheds (Tim Morris).

‘Simon Templar’ look out – his Volvo P1800 was in the Paddock (Tim Morris).

A Lotus/Triumph ‘sandwich’ (Tim Morris).

Brace of Cortinas (Tim Morris).

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Chevrolet remained mysterious but it had a splendid ‘mini-me’ model on a trailer behind it. It was great to see Malcolm Longstaff back in action with his 1953 Morris Minor with a secret under the bonnet, it certainly led to some tyre squealing up the Hill (look out for that in a future ‘Spinning Wheels’ episode). There was a good turnout of Ford Capris by the Campbell Shed, including one five-litre conversion. The Triumph Club were in alongside the MGF Register who displayed a fair number of this modern classic (not so modern these days as the oldest will soon turn 25!) A lovely yellow Volvo P1800 estate with a The Saint motif on the back window was already getting into the Christmas spirit in the Paddock with some decorations in the back. Ford Escort Mk3 estates are rarely seen on the road these days but there was one parked in the Paddock, near a Jowett Jupiter, a Lotus/ Triumph ‘sandwich’ and a brace of immaculate Ford Cortinas. There is something for everyone at Brooklands Classic meetings, and that includes the breakfast itself, full English with unlimited tea or coffee served in the Clubhouse – upstairs or downstairs! Tim Morris

at Brooklands we also raised the flag as cars powered up the Test Hill… apart from a Triumph Stag which relied on the power of an AA truck amidst clouds of smoke to rescue it from a suffering clutch. The Test Hill runs were enjoyed by many who would not normally get a chance to ascend it as their classics don’t fit in to the classifications for other events, hence you could see anything from a Ford Fiesta to a vintage Bentley. There were many eye-catching classics surrounding the Clubhouse and on the Finishing Straight, but a couple in particular caught my eye. A utilitarian looking limousine in gun-metal grey with strange writing on it turned out to be a GAZ 24-10 from Russia. It was in great condition and extremely rare in the UK; it was the first time I had ever seen one and it was certainly attracting a lot of attention, not least from Nick Larkin of Classic Car Weekly! A yellow Ferrari at the end of a line in the Campbell Car Park was bright enough that you couldn’t miss it. It didn’t look right despite the Ferrari badges though, and a glance inside revealed a much more modern interior; a check on the DVLA website showed it to be a BMW Z3. A very nice piece of kit nonetheless. A beautiful

BTM VISIT TO THE MINI FACTORY, COWLEY – 8TH NOVEMBER

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Mini Sport (Andrew Rees).

A car for Michael Caine’s daughter (Roger Blackman).

t was a terrific visit to the Mini factory, in spite of having to ring Angela to ask her to hold the coach for us because of heavy traffic on the A3! But we arrived at Brooklands only a few minutes late and boarded the comfortable coach with a total of 44 Brooklands Trust Members, somehow arriving at Cowley an hour early. Time must stand

still sometimes. After a prowl around the Mini museum and shop we were called in for a very ample snack lunch (thanks for the vegetable crisps, my favourite). And then our guide, Steve, kitted us out in hi-vis jerkins and safety glasses and we set off in a brightly-painted minibus. Steve is a retired

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Union Jack Mini Cooper S (Andrew Rees).

Minis through the ages (Andrew Rees)

Mini colours at present and I was glad to be right with white and black. Then it was on to the coach for a swift journey back with our excellent driver! Vivien Barber

worker ‘from the old days’ who is highly knowledgeable and entertaining and answered all our questions, explaining the systems and robots to us. I was really impressed by the ones which spotwelded, self-sharpening their copper points until worn down, when they discarded them and fitted new ones, all without any human intervention! But the jigs which enabled all the robots to pick up sections of the body, turn them and add other parts to make a car were awesome. The shell, when basically complete, had a red transponder attached to the bonnet to automatically tell the next sections what to add – all cars are ordered and pre-specified, so the assembly line has totally mixed cars, including those for export. I was impressed by the whiteboards for each section onto which workers could add criticisms and improvements; there was a daily meeting to discuss the comments. When we reached the end, we saw the cars driving off, where any errors were picked up; one car was being ‘corrected’, but I didn’t find out why! I noticed something which was an excellent idea – drinking water was provided but the cups didn’t have a flat bottom, instead coming to a point, so they could not be put down. We were asked to guess the two most popular

How production happens (Roy Cottle).

MORGAN MANIA

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roadsters put on a display on the Finishing Straight and used the occasion to present a cheque for £16,000 to Combat Stress, monies they had raised through charitable events throughout the year. Despite searching hard there was only one Brooklands Limited Edition to be found at this year’s event, a three- wheeler. A Le Mans special edition roadster was a relatively rare addition to the event amongst the Plus 4s, 8s, Aeros and three-wheelers mainly from the 1970s

sunny day, an open car and bowling through leafy country lanes epitomises the ethos of the average Morgan driver. In September all those roads led to Brooklands for the Museum’s annual celebration of the Morgan marque. The warm weather brought them out in some good numbers and whilst the casual observer may form the impression that all Morgans look the same, no two were identical and there was a good smattering of special editions. The 100th Anniversary

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Morgan 100 on the Finishing Straight (Tim Morris).

The Morgan 100 Register handed over a big cheque to Combat Stress (Tim Morris).

Morgan Le Mans 62 special (Tim Morris). onwards. Parked amongst them was one Morgan that caught the eye with an unusual looking hard top. Examine it closer and you found a double opening ‘hatchback’ with a beautifully varnished plywood underside, it had been hand built by Andy Simmons using all his skills as a Devon boat-builder. Walking around the assembled Morgans you could be struck by the number of Brooklands Trust Members stickers found in their windscreens.

Surely they must be the most popular classic of choice for our members numerically, after the omnipresent MGs of course. Tim Morris

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This three-wheeler didn’t quite manage to get to the top of the Test Hill (Tim Morris).

Most unusual hand-crafted from plywood hardtop by Alan Simmons from Devon...

….with varnished interior (Tim Morris).

ROB WALKER CENTENARY FESTIVAL

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Sir Stirling Moss won the Goodwood Tourist Trophy in this Ferrari 250SWB in 1961 (Gareth Tarr).

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unday 21st October dawned with seasonal mists across Box Hill. Soon the sun burned through and Dorking was in expectant mood for the Rob Walker Centenary Festival, but few of the gathered 7,000 spectators could have anticipated just what a spectacular, surreal event was about

to unfold within the town. Robbie Walker opened the Festival with a moving, résumé of his father Rob's achievements. A specially commissioned Michael Turner picture was then presented to Robbie before Dorking erupted to the unsilenced exhausts of Rob Walker

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Ferguson P99FWD Climax. This unique car was the first, and probably only, four-wheel-drive car to win an F1 race, the 1961 Oulton Park Gold Cup. Stirling Moss was behind the wheel then (Gareth Tarr). Formula One and GT cars warming up along the A25. Led by Katie Forrest’s fabulous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, there followed a quite unique parade over five laps around the 1.6km ‘Dorking Town circuit’ of F1 Coopers (the 1958 Argentine and Monaco GP winning cars) both the 1960/61TT winning Ferrari 250SWBs, the unique F1 Ferguson P99 four-wheel-drive, the

F1Surtees TS14B DFV and ex-team support Minivan. A VIP ‘fleet’ (including several special Brooklands Museum participants) pursued the racing cars with, amongst the passengers, David Brabham and other former team members. The climax of the parade was a grid formation outside the White Horse where Simon Taylor’s

Ex-team support Minivan (Roddy Garnett).

Angela Hume took part in the parade with her AC Ace (Gareth Tarr).

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Julian Grimwade with his vintage Bentley (Roddy Garnett).

There was of course much more to enjoy at the festival, including an interesting display of classic cars at Dorking Service Centre and a special Rob Walker Centenary Exhibition at Dorking Museum, which Robbie formally opened later in the day. The exhibition runs for three months (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) so there are very good reasons to return to Dorking to better appreciate just what an impact Rob Walker’s team had on Grand Prix racing back in the 1950s and 60s. Rob Walker was the last privateer F1 entrant, whose garage was at Pippbrook, Dorking in the 1960s. When based in Dorking, between 1949 and 68, the Rob Walker Team won nine F1 World Championship Grand Prix, including three wins around the tight streets of Monaco. Some of the parade cars travelled a long way to attend the festival and it would not have happened without the key support of partners – the Dorking Town Partnership and the parade facilitators – the Lotus Seven Club, the British Motorsport Marshals Club and of course Brooklands Museum, which supported the event from its inception back in 2016. Rob Rennie

The Museum’s Delage S15 Grand Prix on display at Dorking Halls. Rob Walker owned a similar car that was restored after the devastating fire at his Pippbrook workshops in 1968 (Gareth Tarr). grid walk interviews were widely appreciated by the huge crowd. Still bathed in glorious sunshine, the historic parade finally moved off in single file back to Dorking Halls, culminating in a spectacular finale as Sam Bird unleashed the fabulous F1 Surtees in a spirited run back down the High Street!

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The Colonial or Overseas Course at Brooklands by Tony Hutchings

Photo from the 1931 BARC Yearbook of a six-wheeler Morris on the ‘Overseas Course’. Circuit build in 1937. They would not associate it with off-road vehicles being driven up steep, earthen slopes, through fords and across axle-twisting obstacles. However, a little-known feature may prove that this should not be true. It appears that during the winter of 1931 a number of changes and developments were made at Brooklands. One such project, undertaken by Surrey County Council, was the replacement of the old wooden bridge which took the Aerodrome Road across the River Wey with a ferro-concrete structure. Not far from this crossing, where the Byfleet Banking approached the Fork, in ‘...the summer of 1931 an ‘Overseas Course’ was mapped out in the old gravel pits beside the Aerodrome Road, and many manufacturers tried their overseas models there, a Morris Commercial six-wheeler (with Kennedy & Kemp tracks on the twin rear wheels each side) and a Trojan overseas model being demonstrated to Government representatives’ – Bill Boddy’s History of Brooklands, 2001. The Motor of 10th November 1931 had the following advice: ‘To anybody in search of adventure I would recommend a visit to the new ‘Colonial Section’ at Brooklands. It is not practicable for an ordinary car, but those who can beg, borrow or steal a tractor or six-wheeler could have lots of fun. Photo from The Motor of 10th November 1931.

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pproaching Mercedes-Benz World, with the Railway Straight and the hotel on your left, you may have noticed 4x4s being driven around an off-road course. Some 10 acres of rough terrain have been laid out to include extreme inclines, water crossings and muddy tracks. This is a recent addition and is all part of the MB World 4x4 Driving Experience aimed at both children and adults who wish ‘to encounter a range of exciting driving challenges’. To most visitors, Brooklands is known for its magnificent concrete oval Track, together with a Test Hill, built in 1907, and the Campbell Road

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turers have tried their overseas models on the course, and it has been generally acknowledged that it is far more difficult than the private tracks which are in use at the various factories. Quite recently a Morris Commercial six-wheeler and a Trojan Overseas model were demonstrated over the course and two Government representatives came down to witness the trials and were much interested and impressed.’ Who was Mr Ireland and what was his connection with the design and development of test tracks? All we know is that he was a member of the BARC between 1924 and 1931. The programme for the Inter-Club Race Meeting held on Saturday 20th June 1931 also carried an invitation. The eighth event – the Hill Climb – was scheduled for 5.30 pm, when 18 competitors would be timed ascending the Test Hill, with C H Livesey’s Wolseley Hornet making the shortest time. Spectators would then have read about an ‘extra’ event timed for 5.45pm, namely the ‘Opening and First Demonstration of the Brooklands ‘Colonial Course’. On the conclusion of the programme, the manufacturers of several makes of overseas transport vehicles will test them upon a course which has been laid out for the purpose in the gravel pits beyond the new bridge over the river

Mention of the ‘Colonial Course’ in the programme for Inter-Club Race Meeting held on Saturday 20th June 1931. The section was expressly laid out by Bradley (Percy Bradley, the Clerk of the Course) in response to a demand from a Dominion visitor for a piece of really rough going which would be equally difficult for tractors of any type. So far a Morris six-wheeler has put up about the best show on the circuit, while a six-wheeler of another famous make spent two days in one ‘hole’. The course is laid out as for Midget Golf, each ‘hole’ being given a distinctive name. The fifth ‘hole’ has never yet been reached!’ Members of the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club also read about the new development in the club’s Year Book for 1932: ‘During the summer of 1931 an Overseas Course in the old gravel pits had been mapped out by a member of the BARC, Mr F Hugh Ireland. This is just the beginning of what we hope will be an added attraction to the various amenities of Brooklands. Already several manufac-

The course was in some old gravel pits – the contents of which were used in the building of the Track (Tony Hutchings).

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The site of the course as it is today (Tony Hutchings). how long it lasted are just two of many questions that remain unanswered. Perhaps our readers can add some further details. Nevertheless, it is good to know that MB World is continuing an 87-yearold tradition!

and to the right of the road to the Aerodrome. Visitors are invited to attend the demonstration where space for parking their cars will be provided.’ Just how much use was made of the course and

Mercedes-Benz World’s off-road course (Chris Bass).

If you are in some way involved with Brooklands (Staff, Member, Volunteer, Friend, etc.) and your vehicle does less than 5,000 miles a year, then you can track it 24hrs a day for just £7.50 a month. For details go to:-

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WE’LL KEEP A WELCOME IN THE HILLSIDES...

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The aqueduct visible from the guest house (Tara Warren). wonderful Pimms reception and a first-class meal of local fare and fabulous flavours. As our heads hit the luscious pillows that evening, we wondered what the weather held in store for us for the weekend.

Thursday pm 11th October English weather report: ‘Storm ‘Callum’ set to blast UK shores on Friday and lasting through Saturday, bringing torrential rain, gale force winds and disruptive flooding, across parts of England and all parts of Wales. Do not venture out unless absolutely necessary’. In contrast the local Welsh weather report for the weekend said: ‘Araf, mae’n debyg yn wlyb!’ (Slow, it’s probably wet!)

Saturday 13th October In the true spirit of lurching between one meal and the next we all gathered for breakfast to what can only be described as ‘persistent precipitation’, accompanied by a ‘serious hoolie’. The consensus was that the planned scenic driving route would need to be abandoned due to too much perygl

Friday am 12th October Motorway cameras spot multiple vehicles heading purposefully westwards towards the Severn River crossing, despite warnings of severe weather, is this the Brooklands Trust Members driving group on the move? Thus began our weekend in beautiful (and wet) Welsh Wales. Around tea-time our scattered convoy of 13 automobiles started to drift and splosh into the car park at Llanerchindda Farm. A few miles north west of Llandovery, the farm is set high on the side of a valley overlooking an imposing 150year-old viaduct, which just remained visible through the low and swirly cloud. As we warmed ourselves by the log fire crackling in the corner, we reacquainted ourselves with old friends and introduced ourselves to those new to the group as we shared stories of the day’s travel adventures. Cakes and beverages aplenty were distributed by our host and owner of the establishment Martin and his family team members. And they coped admirably when the power went out for a couple of hours, right in the middle of it all! Power returned and after checking in and a quick wash and brush up we were treated to a

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Tribute monument to the villages displaced by the reservoir (Tara Warren).

abyss-like puddles. It’s worth noting that one hardy couple, Ian and Maureen Holt, braved the original route and the weather in their ‘hipster’ Defender. They were largely successful in navigating their way around. The only real incident was with a sheep farmer who was less than appreciative of their difficulty in finding passage over debris next to his field. He apparently shouted, “Cael y ddiadell allan ohono”, which Google reliably translates as ‘Get the flock out of there!’ A plea for help to move his sheep no doubt. On returning to Llanerchindda we were once again welcomed by the aromas of loveliness emanating from the kitchen. While the long johns and socks dried off on the radiators, we availed ourselves of the hospitality on offer and then slept, warm and contented.

(danger) and severe llifogydds (floods). I was up for the challenge as my Jaguar is allwheel-drive and I felt quietly confident, until Martin pointed out that AWD will “not be much good when the water is over your roof mate!” After much discussion our host offered to head out at the front of a reduced convoy of cars, up and over the back route from the farm to the Elan Valley reservoirs. Martin loaded up six people in his Discovery and set a new land speed record to get us there. The reservoirs and dams are stunning and their history and the controversy around their construction was well illustrated in the visitor centre, where the displacement of over 25,000 people from their homes and livelihoods played a major part in local and regional unrest for many years. (The reservoirs serve Birmingham, not Wales!) For us, the main hardship was taking a photograph without getting utterly drenched by the horizontal rain. Those of us sensible enough to continue to wear shorts 12 months of the year however, only had wet shoes to contend with and, whilst the route was reduced, there was still great fun and camaraderie avoiding potholes and

Sunday 14th October What a difference a day makes – a full view of the viaduct down in the valley, a hint of blue behind the much whiter clouds and a distinct lack of mucky looking H2O and chunks of tree cascading down the hill on

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The BTM Driving Group, courtesy of Llanerchindda Farm. times past. We all paused for some lunch. On-site baked goodies. What was not to love? I partook of my favourite of all Welsh foods – bara brith (speckled bread). Then outside, and a fabulous hidden garden led down to the river, housing sculptures and other curios. Returning once more to our vehicles, we set off south again and were greeted by our Llanerchindda host Martin in the grounds of Tretower Court and Castle. We were expertly choreographed into a neat line for a group photo (all apart from that recalcitrant Defender!) before strolling in through the imposing archway entrance of the Tretower complex. Originally founded in the 11th century by a Norman called Picard, work began on the current tower in around 1450, built by Sir Roger Vaughan. It is now home to three protected species of bat and thus safe for perpetuity! The insides of this medieval wonder have been well looked after and many of the rooms and chambers are decorated as they would have been in period – even down to plates of fake food – which still looked rather scrummy and oh those portion sizes. The gift shop on the other hand was rather modern, which was a blessing as it had a fine range of locally made gins and a contact-less payment machine. And then one last chance for the raucous roar of some noisy exhausts through country lanes and the reverberations against the side of slate-clad village dwellings and we headed back to Llanerchindda. Passing through Crickhowell, we were intrigued to discover that this little village appeared in a BBC documentary in 2015 claiming it was the first British settlement to adopt the same tax avoidance tactics as multi-nationals. This enables the townsfolk to avoid paying taxes themselves.

the farm road. The day two route was on! Setting off on what is affectionately known as the Rivers Wye and Usk Loop (totalling close on 95 miles) our first stop was at the quaint little town of Builth Wells. The River Wye rampaged through the heart of the town, it was remarkable to see the water marks left by the previous day’s 'levels', high on the sides of the riverside buildings and the detritus left on some of the lowest window sills! After a quick stretch of the legs and some entertaining criss-crossing of cars entering and exiting the car park, we set off on the next leg around the 'loop' to Erwood Station. Built in 1864 with the opening of the Mid Wales Railway, this line was run independently until 1901 when amalgamated with the Cambrian Railway. In the station yard there is a cosmetically restored little diesel engine (it reminded me of 'Ivor') and an original signal box now restored and relocated in 2004 after being discovered masquerading as a chicken shed. This little station continued to connect Brecon and Builth Wells until 30th December 1962 when the last of the small but powerful little engines ran for one final time, in one of the worst winters in Welsh history. The next day the line was closed. This became the sad fate of many other branch lines over the next two years. The station is now a wonderfully quirky and interesting contemporary craft gallery, spread through a collection of vintage rolling stock. A quick run southward took us to our next stop at Talgarth Mill. Tucked away behind some rather featureless grey buildings on the outskirts of Talgarth town, we were surprised to find this fully restored and operational 18th century flour mill. We watched as the wheel and mechanism, powered by the river Ellywe, stone-ground the grain into wholesome bags of flour. The dust from the husks hung in the air and invoked feelings of

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As we pulled into the car park of the farm, we were once again lined up by our host in readiness for the shot of the weekend; a high-flying look via camera drone of all our cars and our smiling faces, hands and voices raised, giving thanks and cheers for a drive well had. And so, to our last evening. A sunset, open doors and windows and fewer jerseys and long johns. As always, the food was spectacular, the conversation engaging and the company wonderful. The right crowd and no crowding.

the abandoned first day route (a story for another day). This Monday morning saw many happy faces saying fond farewells and wishing safe journeys homeward. Enormous thanks to Martin and his family, our most gracious hosts, and to Angela Hume. Without her passion and commitment to organise these events and garner support, there would be many people who miss out on a wonderful experience. Thank you Angela and we hope the carpets of your ‘Mog’ are finally dry! Our next trip to Llanerchindda is being planned for April 2020… ‘when we come home again to Wales’. David ‘Biggin’ Brockington-Hill

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BRILLIANT RACE SEASON FOR BTM VICE-CHAIRMAN JULIAN GRIMWADE

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s Christmas approaches it’s the time of year to look back on the highs and lows of the racing season and your BTM Vice-Chairman Julian Grimwade has had a very successful year racing the single seat Frazer Nash Norris Special. His season started with a race at the Members’ Meeting at Goodwood in what he describes as “the worst conditions I have ever endured”. It was snowing! However things picked up at the start of the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s race season with two wins at Silverstone, including the Freddie Giles Memorial Race for Frazer Nash cars. This was followed by two more wins at both Oulton and Cadwell, with a podium at Donington and an outright win at Wiscombe Hill Climb. Julian competed in no fewer than 23 events in 2018 with only a couple of low points – a transmission failure at the Brooklands Sprint and an electrical failure in the invitation Frazer Nash Race at

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Julian Grimwade (centre left) receives the Freddie Giles Trophy from Jan Giles, with Martin Hunt and John Ure (Alan Cox).

Angoulême in France, very annoying when he had qualified on pole. However, all the successes added up to what has probably been his best season yet, with aggre-

The invitation Frazer Nash race at Angoulême (Alan Cox)

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Off in a cloud of smoke at Prescott (Alan Cox).

gate awards including the VSCC Historic Race Trophy, the Motor Sport magazine Brooklands Trophy, a VSCC Speed Championship Class 16 win (Hill Climb and Sprint) and the Hawthorn Spanish Trophy for a race win at Oulton. Julian also finally won the VSCC Hill Climb Trophy, something he has been trying to achieve for five years. Frazer Nash Club Trophies include the Watts Farmer (Most Points Uncorrected), the Parker (Second overall on Corrected points) and the Basil Hope Davenport (Curborough, Shelsley,

Prescott). Julian was also awarded the Benjafield’s Racing Club President’s Cup at a dinner held at Brooklands in November. So 2018 has been a high point and Julian has decided to ease off a little next year and try some different events, although his schedule already includes plans for a race at Laguna Seca in his Bentley. This winter will be spent rebuilding the Frazer Nash and preparing the Bentley for action in 2019. Diana Willows

BTM TALK – ELECTRIC VEHICLES

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Members examine the Nissan Leaf (Gareth Tarr).

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hen Hugh Locke King built Brooklands he not only intended that it should be a racing circuit but also a facility for British manufacturers to develop cars. Indeed the likes of Bentley and Aston Martin owe much to the availability of those facilities. It was therefore appropriate that the September Brooklands Trust Members’ Talk also looked to the future with Autocar’s Steve Cropley hosting a presentation and discussion about electric cars with Ben Fletcher, Head of Electric Vehicles Renault UK, and Tom Callow, Director of Communication and Strategy for Chargemaster (suppliers of charging infrastructure). Prior to the discussion members and guests were able to enjoy a ride around the

Hyundai Kona with a Nissan Leaf behind (Gareth Tarr).

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Left to right Hyundai Kona, Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf (Gareth Tarr). Museum’s grounds in electric vehicles (EVs) with the latest Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona available. The demonstrations illustrated how ‘normal’ these cars are and the discussion that followed was to puncture a few myths about the current state of electric vehicles. So, what is an electric vehicle, a hybrid and all those other confusing names? Well an EV is a vehicle that you can charged externally. These are further categorised as pure EV (BEV) in which the battery is the only power source (BMW i3, Jaguar i-Pace, Nissan Leaf), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) which combines battery and internal combustion engine (ICE) power with an electric motor and/or the engine providing drive (Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, BMW 330e) and range extender (REX) which have both battery and ICE with electric drive (BMW i3 REX, Vauxhall Ampera). Phew, that’s a lot to take in but fortunately most of the rest of the evening concentrated on BEVs (that’s pure electric vehicles if you are still with us). Indeed Ben Fletcher pointed out that Renault only produced BEVs, as hybrids compromise the vehicle’s efficiency and the general consensus of the panel was that ultimately, as BEV technology improves, hybrids will die away. We tend to consider EVs as worthy but a bit dull. So, which is the fastest accelerating BMW from nought to 30mph? A more relevant statistic in everyday driving than the often quoted nought to 60mph time. Hands up who said i3. Yes, you’re right! EVs have lots of torque and you get instant response, but they are also smooth and quiet. Steve Cropley was able to bring his own experience as a veteran motoring journalist in adding that EVs are very precise, once you’ve tried one you realise how unrefined an ICE powered vehicle is. OK, so they are pleasant to drive but what about that traditional bugbear – range? Well I had a ride in the latest, second generation Leaf. Now the key figure you will often see quoted is kWh

(kilowatts per hour). Basically, for a given size of vehicle, the larger the kWh, the further you go. When the first generation Leaf was introduced in 2011 it had 24kWh, upgraded to 30kWh in 2016. The new Leaf has 40kWh, good for a range of 168 miles. The Kona has 64kWh and a range of over 300 miles. For many of us that may be all the range we need. Except of course for that school holiday trip to visit Granny and Grandad. With a rapid charger the Leaf can ‘fill up’ battery power from 20 per cent to 80 per cent in about an hour, approximately the time it takes to ‘refuel’ the average British family. There are currently around 17,000 public charging points around the country; this is estimated to increase to 100,000 in five years. Tom Callow said he did around 35,000 miles per annum in a BMW i3 without problem. Mostly though owners will charge at home (or maybe the office). A full charge takes 7.5 hours for a Leaf but it’s rare that a commuter or school run mum is ever going to run dry, and home chargers have intelligent technology that schedules the vehicle to charge during the nonpeak, cheap part of the night. Ah yes, but what about costs? We all know they are more expensive to buy than conventional cars and, like my torch, the batteries will need changing at some stage (ouch!) Yes, they are more expensive now (the Hyundai is around £32,000 for what is a smallish SUV) but manufacturing cost is falling all the time and expected to achieve parity with ICE vehicles by 2020. One reason is that there are fewer moving parts in an electric motor compared to an ICE so they are cheaper to manufacture and save around a third on maintenance costs. Ben Fletcher said that Renault is currently investing $1 billion in increasing production capacity alone. Residuals must be poor though, I mean odd-ball motors are notorious for having plummeting second-hand values. Hey, not so odd-ball if you don’t mind; the Zoe was the fastest selling used car in August 2018

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Left to right Steve Cropley (Autocar), Ben Fletcher (Renault) and Tom Callow (Chargemaster) (Gareth Tarr).

and you will do well to get a three-year-old one for less than £9,000. Battery life, what about the oft-quoted eight to 10 years? Well at that stage batteries will still give about 60 per cent of their capacity and, unlike an ICE, the emissions won’t have deteriorated. Generally, it is expected that the batteries will out-last the car. Finally, what about that all-important energy/fuel cost per mile? If you do the family average of around 10,000 miles per annum you will spend £125 per month with an ICE but about £25 per month with an electric. £100 per month! Now, that’s caught your attention! Sounds like a win, win situation and Tom Callow said that very few people who have experienced an EV go back to ‘conventional’ power. What is the state of the market, how easy are they to get hold of? At the time of the talk (early

September) around 60,000 EV sales had been made in the UK this year and it was anticipated that figure would be over 100,000 if sufficient numbers could be produced. This supply problem is about to be addressed with around 100 models due to become available in the next three years (mostly BEVs). Will the market buy them? Steve Cropley’s observation was that, at the end of the day, people will buy a quality product that they trust; hence the Volkswagen Golf is a perennial best seller. It was an eye-opening night with many of the fears about electric cars dispersed and indeed some surprising advantages revealed. I guess the proof of the pudding for the sell-out audience was the question, ‘Are you more likely to buy an electric car in the near future?’ The answer was unequivocally ‘Yes’. Gareth Tarr

2018 GOLFING CHALLENGE

The victorious team (Tim Morris).

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n 2017 the BTM invited members of the New Zealand Golf Club in Woodham, Surrey to a golfing competition for the Brooklands Golf Challenge Cup. The inaugural match was won by the New Zealanders and the trophy remained in their possession throughout the year. The reason for the challenge is that both our locations have a common ancestor in Hugh Locke King. The golf club was actually sold by Locke King in order to help fund the building of the Brooklands Motor Course, but his portrait still hangs in the clubhouse. The match took place on a splendid October afternoon and was meant to be between eight pairs of players from each team. A slight misunderstanding led to it being played with just eight from each team, although the BTM had fielded 16. This meant that four pairs could have a relaxing round of golf without the pressure of

winning a trophy! The four pairs set off around the 18 holes and the final tally was 2½ to 1½, meaning that the BTM had wrestled back possession of the cup for a year. Well done to all the players who took part, particularly the actual team of Andy Dudson, Robert Jenkins, Geoffrey Mullens, Nicholas Wooley, Alan Cade, Colin Curtin, Malcolm Keates and Geoff Bartlett. The trophy was presented to the winning team by Brooklands Trust Chairman Sir Gerald Acher and our thanks must also go to non-playing team captain Legh Langston for his organisation skills. Indeed, we are now pondering on setting up a BTM ‘Golf Society’ with the aim of playing some more matches in 2019. If you are a golfer and would like to become a member then please let Legh know via langstonlegh@gmail.com Tim Morris

FAREWELL TO VALERIE MILLS AND DAVID NAGLE News

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he Museum has said goodbye to two senior members of staff in the past few months. Valerie Mills, Commercial Director, left the Museum after 26 years. She was instrumental in all the Museum’s activities and there is no doubt that many of the Museum’s developments were only successfully brought to fruition because of her skills, hard work and dedication. The Brooklands Trust Members presented her with an honorary membership in recognition of her huge contribution to the Museum. David Nagle has also moved on after four years as Development Director. During this time he brought the fund-raising for the Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival project to a successful conclusion and was frequently seen representing the Museum in many different ways, sharing his passion for all things Brooklands. They will both be greatly missed and we wish them well in their new adventures. Tamalie Newbery


VIEW FROM THE CLUBHOUSE

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Following the success of our Afternoon Tea at the Prepare for Peace event I am looking at the possibility of a Sunday Afternoon Tea event in February featuring a jazz singer and three-piece band. Watch out for details and dates. Club and Life Members are aware that we are always pushing the boundaries to bring you a better overall service on regular days and more importantly at major events. I readily admit that not all our ideas work, but nothing ventured nothing gained. We are proposing to launch the ‘Blue Bird Sunday Carvery Lunch’ in 2019 operating on most Sundays throughout the year. This service will bring extra benefits, including greater Sunday roast choice and, more importantly, a speedier service. Launch date and promotional details will be released soon. CreativEvents have asked me to remind you that the Members’ Bar is only open on Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunchtimes, plus event days and evening Talks. There will be no access to the bar facility at private functions, even if it is during Museum opening times. May I also add a reminder 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 possible way. E-mail hospitality@brooklandsmuseum.com or call 01932 857381 extension 251. Thank you. Steve Clarke Reid Railton – Man of Speed (Gareth Tarr).

Karl Ludvigsen at Brooklands (Gareth Tarr).

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was honoured once again to be invited to the RAC Motoring Book of the Year Awards, held at the magnificent RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall. The great and the good from the motoring publication world were on hand at the event, hosted this year by Simon Taylor. I was delighted to learn on the night that two books which featured in our Talks programme during the year were both on the shortlist for best specialist book of the year. The first was Hobbo – Motor Racer, Motor Mouth – The Autobiography of David Hobbs by David and Sam Posey. The second book and overall specialist book of the year winner was Reid Railton – Man of Speed by Karl Ludvigsen. Karl has already agreed to be with us during 2019 and we look forward to that visit. The overall book of the year went to Adrian Newey with How to Build a Car. Right place right time – I just happened to be in the Members’ Bar prior to a filmed interview with Damon Hill by a Swedish TV and film production company. The interview was fronted by Nina Kennedy, the daughter of the late F1 driver of the 1970s, Ronnie Peterson. Nina appeared in the movie Superswede based on her father’s F1 racing career. It would be wonderful to see her back at Brooklands next year. It was also an honour to be involved with the Rob Walker Centenary Festival in October. We have a full report of this wonderful event in this Bulletin. Our popular ‘Reel to Reel Film Fridays’ will continue to be held in the Blue Bird room throughout the year. Watch out for dates and film listings.

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BTM DRIVING GROUP TOURS AND TRIPS

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uch is the popularity of the Brooklands Trust Members’ Driving Group that the first event for 2019 – a two-night ‘drive yourself’ visit to the Aston Martin production line, the British Motor Museum at Gaydon and the Morgan factory – is already fully booked with a waiting list. So, the message is, if you are interested in some of the events below, do book promptly! On certain occasions, a second trip is organised if there is enough interest. It is worth checking the BTM Driving Group area of the BTM website regularly as well as registering for the group e-letter and you’ll find the e-mail address below.

Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge – 13th February There will be places for a maximum of 30 members. Details were sent in the November e-letter and put on the BTM website so places may be limited. This trip is not suitable for people who cannot cope with 76 steps, as there is no lift.

Castle Combe Track Day – 13th March This track day will be for cars, check the BTM website for further details.

BTM road run, ‘The Semaphore Line’ – 12th May Our first road run (officially ‘Touring Assembly’) of the year is planned to have a breakfast start at Wisley Gardens followed by a south-westerly country run over the North and South Downs to Fort Nelson near Fareham. The out route will roughly follow the Semaphore Line, a series of signalling towers used between 1822 and 1847 for communications between the Admiralty in Whitehall and the Naval Docks in Portsmouth. The return trip will end with the ever-popular cream tea at Ramster Gardens, near Chiddingfold, where the gardens will be in full bloom. Ramster has over 25 acres of woodland, lake views and hillsides to explore and is famous for its displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.

Visit Ramster Gardens on the Semaphore Line run in May (Gareth Tarr).

Circuit des Remparts – 12-17 September Check availability with me.

Llanerchindda Farm – 24th-27th 2020 Please note this date is for 2020! For those who have yet to experience a visit to Llanerchindda Farm, this is your chance. As the location is becoming so popular, we have to book well in advance! Further events and coach visits are being planned and will be announced over the coming weeks so watch out for them! If any members are not yet on the BTM Driving Group e-mailing list and would like to join and hear the news hot off the press, please contact me via angelahume@brooklandsmembers.co.uk Angela Hume

Circuit Historique de Laon – 7th-10th June Check availability with me.

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MUSEUM CEO TAMALIE NEWBERY LOOKS

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BACK AT YEAR ONE Exhibition’ for the Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed exhibitions. It is fantastic for the Museum to be seen shining on the national stage. I have had the privilege of hearing first hand how impressed people are by what has been achieved at the Museum as I’ve shown round the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Executive of Arts Council England, the Directors of The Science Museum Group and National Museums Northern Ireland and many other notable people. Our visitors have loved the new exhibitions and the chance to build and take away your own plane in the tinsmiths shop has been more popular than we had ever imagined. Coupled with the cockpit experiences in the Flight Shed and all the Museum’s regular favourites, such as Concorde Experience, Car Rides in school holidays and driving the F1 Simulator – it is not surprising that our visitor research shows us scoring at the very highest level for how much there is to see and do on site. During the year we confirmed our commitment to using Brooklands’ heritage to inspire people to shape their world through inventiveness, expertise and a sense of adventure – qualities that were so important to the world-changing things that happened at Brooklands in the 20th century. There is lots to look forward to in 2019. A new exhibition will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first crossing of the Atlantic in a Vickers Vimy, built at Brooklands, and the maiden flight of Concorde, large parts of which were also built here at Brooklands just 50 years later. On behalf of all the Museum’s staff, trustees and volunteers, I wish you a happy festive season and we look forward to seeing you at the Museum again soon. Tamalie Newbery

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’m looking at Concorde, bathed in sunshine, as I write this and reflect on my first year at the Museum. It’s a view that not many people can boast from their office window and one that will never stop giving me a thrill as I arrive at work in the morning. The vision of my predecessor, Allan Winn, and the hard work of the Museum’s wonderful volunteers and staff was recognised in spectacular fashion this year, as we were a finalist in the Art Fund Museum of the Year and winners of the Museums+ Heritage Awards ‘Best Permanent

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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he Museum entrance charges will be increasing from 1st January 2019. Brooklands Trust Membership subscriptions are linked to those entry fees and as a consequence BTM annual subscription rates will increase from 1st March as follows: Individual £43, Double £65,

Family £82, Club £130, Young Member £26, Corporate £650, International without Bulletin £46, International with Bulletin £59. Gareth Tarr, BTM Treasurer For a summary of the benefits of membership please see page three ‘Become a member’.

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

News him a message wishing him well on your behalf. We are already planning the 2019 dinner, but in view of Damon's Formula One commitments cannot fix the date until the Grand Prix calendar is finalised. Angela Hume will make an announcement as soon as she is able to do so. We held a marathon Committee meeting earlier this month and in a very full agenda was the thorny issue of subscription rates. As reported elsewhere in this Bulletin, small increases were agreed, that will come into effect on 1st March, which are in line with the increases in Museum admission prices, which come into effect on 1st January. We have kept the increases to an absolute minimum and I hope you will agree that membership still represents good value for money. The membership survey, announced in the last Bulletin, should have been sent out by the time you are reading this and I would again like to take the opportunity to remind you how important this is for both the Museum and the BTM Committee, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey – we really want to hear from you! On behalf of the entire BTM Committee, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. Neil Bailey

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he 2018 season, mostly blessed with fine weather, is now behind us and, as a sure sign that winter has arrived, we held the Brooklands Trust Members' Annual Dinner last Friday! This was the first opportunity for many of you to meet our new President, Damon Hill, who was given a very warm welcome, and the after dinner speaker, Simon Taylor, gave an excellent speech tailormade for the occasion. At the dinner we received the welcome news from Philip Strickland that our past President, Sir Stirling Moss, is comfortable and responding to physiotherapy – I have sent

MEMBERS’ MATTERS

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irst, let me wish all our members a happy Christmas on behalf of all of us at the BTM! Hopefully it will be a good one for you and we can look forward to an equally good 2019. It has been a great year for the BTM with dozens of events organised for you, the members, by our hard-working event teams – Angela Hume and the Driving Group and Steve Clarke and the Talks Team. There were nearly 20 talks alone this year – along with jazz sessions, film lunches and piano bars for our Club level members. Of course everyone was a highlight but stand outs must include Freddie Spencer, John Barnard, Don Wales with Allan Winn, Steve Cropley and the Kings of Speed, and a glimpse to the future of the electric car (complete with examples of current cars). To top it all, and one that I think we will have difficulty in surpassing, was the Great War commemoration event, Preparing for Peace, on 11th November. Partnering for the first time with the R C Sherriff Trust and Quick Fix Theatre, it

Tim Morris talks about his own grandfather at the Preparing for Peace event (Tim Morris).

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genuinely brought a tear to the eye. I was proud to be able to take part in the event, as well as help organise it, by talking about my own grandfather, Tom Thornton, who served in France and Italy. The tourers amongst you enjoyed another great (if damp) weekend at Lanerchindda Farm House (fast becoming our regular BTM haunt in Wales!) and the drive to Ireland for the Gordon Bennett run, a meander around Sussex involving llamas and speeding around an airfield testing out your speed skills as well as testing your track prowess at Castle Combe. All in all, plenty of variation for members to enjoy on top of all the great Museum events and activities as well. The plans are on the table for 2019 and you’ll see some announcements in this Bulletin and the very latest news on our website at www.brooklandsmembers.co.uk or from www.brooklandsmuseum.com via the yellow tab at the top. There have been some great Museum events this year but I enjoy the less formal ones – the recent Classic Breakfast was one – a general classic meeting with breakfast thrown in and the chance for members to take their cars or bikes up the Test Hill. There is always something interesting to see at these types of events – none more so than at our own BTM Classic Car Show which went down a storm this year with live music from our country band in the Paddock. Pencil in Sunday 21st July 2019 for next year’s members’ event. There will be a shake up next year with some old events re-imagined and others moved about, so we are looking forward to that already.

That really is a classic breakfast (Tim Morris). hear of incidents where behaviour could be a little more polite! The Code of Conduct is given to all new members in the BTM Handbook as well as being published on our website. There will be some new guidance soon on how the BTM Committee deals with any serious breaches brought to its attention which, again, you will find on our website.

Winter Draw The Winter Draw will have been drawn by the time you read this and the winners individually notified, so congratulations to them for winning our first all cash prize raffle. There has been a great response from members returning their tickets and also a large number who are simply making donations. We realise that not everybody likes to take part in lotteries and this has been a good way for you to help the project without actually taking part in the draw, and we thank you all for your support. A previous BTM project came out of storage for the Bicester Scramble and was being made use of by the Home Guard, as can be seen in the picture by John Downey of the Vickers Armstrong Merryweather Fire tender.

Living on a plateau The number of memberships is still pretty much on a plateau with no significant change throughout the year, this is in contrast to previous years where there have been rises. The numbers in the middle of November were 6,207, representing a slight reduction from the 6,252 at the beginning of the year, mainly due to a sizeable drop in new members joining during October. Christmas is nearly with us though and I’m sure there will be new memberships being given as Christmas presents – or maybe New Year presents if you get in before 1st January!

BTM.tv Mark Jarman is the mainstay of our BTM.tv crew and there is now a good size archive building up on our Vimeo TV Channel. So much so, that we thought it was time to get a wider audience and venture on to YouTube. Several videos are already on our new channel but we need subscribers to become a YouTube ‘Pro’ and get more benefits, including our own URL, so take a look at it and subscribe to the BTM.tv YouTube channel. You

Standards of behaviour We would ask that all members abide by the Code of Conduct and rules that you will find on the BTM website. We know that members are great and we thank you all for your support of Brooklands, most just love the place and everything that it represents, but occasionally we do

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A previous BTM project, the Vickers Armstrong Merryweather Fire tender (John Downey). John Parker from Addlestone who was a Club can find it at www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJlevel member for the last three years. NkJ56ioDVOnNNvsS9Qw or search for btm.tv Maurice Greenberg from Edgware who was a on YouTube and keep your fingers crossed! very early Member of the Friends of Brooklands We filmed Mike Dawes’ lovely Frazer Nash and the BTM, over 25 years. BMW on a rainy day in October and some fill-ins Dick Curtis from Walton-on-Thames, an early on a better day later, so that should be on the member of the Friends of Brooklands joining in channel now. John Bottomley’s two episodes 1994 who was also a volunteer at the Museum. about his 1972 Yamaha TR3 and 1939 Velocette Colin Reynolds from Leatherhead, a member MOV motorcycles are also now available to view. since 2010 and latterly a keen volunteer with the The Cobb and Campbell event was filmed in its Motoring Team. entirety and you can probably see why we are Tim Morris arranging a 'part two' of this in the new year. Preparing for Peace was also filmed and you can see that on our BTM.tv channel too. Cynghordy We are always interested in filming members Llandovery Carmarthenshire, SA20 0NB with interesting vehicles who would like to be Tel: 01550 750274 featured. We tend to film at Brooklands on e-mail: info@cambrianway.com Wednesday mornings so you would need to be available with your vehicle for a couple of hours www.cambrianway.com and be able to talk about your car and the history of the model. If you would like to feature then Explore some of the please get in touch with me in the BTM office best roads and scenery in the UK timmorris@brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 2 2019 / 20 Club Tour Packages 857381 extension 226. Looking for a venue for your club or friends in 2019 or 2020 contact us to discuss packages and dates. To find all the BTM.tv programmes please go We already have 18 clubs booked in 2019 & 7 for 2020 to our website at www.brooklandsmuseum.com Tours include dinner, bed & breakfast, drinks reception on 1st night, a welcome pack containing a memento of the /btm/archive/btmtv weekend, rally plate, window sticker, Ordnance Survey Mid & South Wales road map, road books containing the route for each day & entry to a local attraction. Prices from £252.50 per person for 3 night tour.

In memory of... Sadly, each Bulletin we lose some of our members and we’d like to pass the condolences of the Brooklands Trust Members, Chairman and Committee to the families of the following who we have been notified have recently passed away. John Simonson from Horsell who was a very early member of the Friends of Brooklands having joined in 1991, over 27 years ago. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Museum. Arthur Burt from Jacobs Well who was a member for over six years.

2019 ALL MAKE TOUR DATES Open to any Make & Age of Car 5th to 8th July – 11 cars booked, 2 rooms left 5th to 8th August – 4 cars booked, 7 rooms left

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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 chris@chrisbass.co.uk or 2 Riverside Close, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0AP. hands of David Hescroff, mastering the Test Hill. It is, of course, an AC but the radiator mascot does not indicate the name given to the car. It is, in fact, one of the better known examples of the 16/80 two-seater Competition Sports produced in small numbers between 1935 and 37 and totalling only 27 cars. EPJ 101 was used by Betty Haig and her co-driver/ navigator Enid Riddell to win the two-litre class in the 1946 International Alpine Trial, when the car was 10 years old! The ‘Greyhound of the Road’ mascot fitted was never intended to convey the model name. It was available, probably as an accessory, to purchasers of any of the AC vehicles produced in the mid-30s, in two versions – with outstretched legs initially and later with front legs tucked up. The name Greyhound was, however, applied to a handsome series of models with no fewer than seven different styles of bodywork over three possible chassis sizes, numbering 71 cars in all, during the same period. This model name reappeared much later, in 1959, when AC, in response to customer demand, brought out the Greyhound four-seater GT Coupé, received with mixed feelings at the Earls Court Motor Show. When suitably revised, this model was

EPE Dear Chris, Good to see the photo of the Lagonda LG45 Rapide in ‘News’ in the Bulletin recently (November-December ‘From Staines to Lake Como’) as it bring back memories. I was fortunate to be able to drive ‘Epe’ as she was fondly known when in the ownership of the late Terry Cohn. It had been shown at TechnoClassica in Essen, Germany and I was given the job of driving it home. Tough, but somebody had to do it! This Fox and Nichols team car was later sold at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale in 2014, it was hammered down for £1,569,500, a then world record figure for a Lagonda at auction and, presumably, has been in Italy since then. Regards, Malcolm Grier, via e-mail

AC Greyhound? Dear Chris, May I be permitted to correct, to para-phrase Winston Churchill, a ‘nomenclatural inexactitude’ in the November-December Bulletin. I refer to the caption under the splendid shot by Gareth Tarr on page nine, of EPJ 101 in the

Tony Bazell’s AC Greyhound.

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‘Brooklands at the Goodwood Revival’ in which he states that 2018 saw the 20th running of this event. This is not the case as the first Goodwood Revival took place in 1998 and I was there. Indeed I have attended every Goodwood Revival since and although this year’s was billed, correctly, as the 20th anniversary, it was, in fact, the 21st running of the event. Nonetheless, it goes without saying that I concur entirely with his thoughts and the content of his article. While writing, I also note the reference to awaiting the go ahead on a larger format for the magazine. If this occurs, it will bring back fond memories of The Spirit! As an aside, I would welcome the chance to visit the Museum more often, or even have the opportunity to take a more active role, but, unfortunately, a round trip of some 190 miles from mid-Essex, using the ubiquitous M25, together with being in my 70s, does preclude that to some extent.

produced in limited numbers until 1963, when construction of the Shelby American Cobra, and lack of a suitable supply of engines, caused it to be phased out after only 82 had been built. I trust that the foregoing is of some interest and have taken the liberty of appending some photos of my own Greyhound in a suitably recognisable place! This car, built in 1961, has undergone extensive refurbishment with AC Heritage over a recent period, after being in my curatorship since 1985! Great to see such a plethora of interesting articles in the Bulletin. Very hard to put down! Long may it continue! Yours very sincerely, Tony Bazell (AC Owners Club and BTM), via e-mail

Reunion Dear Sir, Having attended most Brooklands Reunions since the early 1970s, formerly as a member of the Brooklands Society, and now as a Brooklands Trust Member, I believe serious thought needs to be given to its sustainability as an event. In years past there were numerous Bentleys, Talbots, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and Bugattis etc attending. All of these cars with Brooklands’ racing pedigree are still around, plus many more recent rebuilds. Some have gone overseas and there are many more competing events I know. This year’s turnout was the poorest I’ve seen. I think it needs to be combined with the Double Twelve that does boast continuing quality fields.

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MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

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Major Charles Darwin DSO’s goggles With the centenary of the Armistice still remaining prominent in people’s minds, the first item to be highlighted is appropriately enough a pair of goggles that once belonged to First World War fighter ace Major Charles John Darwin DSO. These goggles were not standard issue but privately purchased from a French manufacturer, hence the adjustable bridge on the nose-piece. A cousin of the famed naturalist Charles Darwin (through his great-grandfather), John Darwin was born in 1894 and initially commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. Having been a part of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914, he was wounded in 1916 and sent back to England for a period of convalescence. Whilst on leave he transferred his commission to the Royal Flying Corps and in 1918 he was appointed as the first commanding officer of No 87 Squadron of the newly formed RAF. Flying combat missions in a Sopwith Dolphin over the Western Front, his diaries and letters convey that he truly felt he had achieved the highlight of his life in commanding these men and revelled in his aerial victories. In October 1918 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and by November 1918 had been credited with five victories, thus earning him the title of ace. He later went on to play a crucial role in the establishment of Bletchley Park. He passed away in 1941 of pneumonia whilst in command of a support unit at RAF Kinloss. We are very grateful to his nephew Christopher Darwin, himself a retired Naval pilot, for this wonderful donation.

Major Charles Darwin DSO’s goggles.

Prince Chula of Siam Silver cigarette case. Museum enjoys a good relationship with the Thai Embassy thanks to its ties with the two princes and this will make a wonderful addition to our collections on the two royal racing celebrities.

Silver cigarette case awarded by Prince Chula of Siam A particularly exciting addition to the collection is a silver cigarette case that was awarded to Mr P D Walker for coming second in the Siam Challenge Trophy, held at Brooklands on 6th October 1937. The race was sponsored by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam who was part of the famed White Mouse Racing team along with his cousin Prince Bira, who achieved great success as a driver at Brooklands during the 1930s. During the race, which was won by Raymond Mays in an ERA, Walker also drove an ERA and finished ahead of Mr J P Wakefield who was driving a Maserati. The cigarette case, produced at the School of Arts and Crafts, Bangkok, has on its front the club badge of the BARC and on the reverse a coat of arms, presumably those of Prince Chula. Today the

1935 MG ‘Bellevue’ Special We are very fortunate to have had loaned to us this new addition to our motoring displays. The Bellevue Special began life as a standard twoseater N-type MG Magnette, which was rented to aspiring drivers by the Bellevue Garage of Wandsworth so that they could enter competitions held at Brooklands during the 1935 and 1936 seasons. In 1937 W E ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson of Bellevue Garage removed the original body and, using the chassis as a base, built a new offset single-seater aluminium body. Wilkinson then raced the Bellevue Special at Brooklands with some success during the 1937 season. By 1939 it had been purchased by Brooklands regular Charles Mortimer who raced it at Brooklands in

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Comical rules for a Hawker dinner. drawings. Part of a larger donation which has events including the Whit Monday meeting held come to us from Dana Hodshon, this is a very inon 29th May 1939. teresting, if unusual, insight into the history of With the closure of the Track in September Hawker and we are very grateful for its donation. 1939, Mortimer sold the car and by 1948 it was Alex Crisp being driven by Basil de Lissa, who entered it in The Vaughan Davis archive the first meeting at the Goodwood Circuit. In the 1970s the car underwent complete restoration by Norman Hart and is today owned by Tom Hardman who continues to enter it into events such as VSCC Speed Trials and to whom we are very grateful for allowing us to display his car.

Hawker Dinner menu Another object that we would like to share is a menu produced for the Hawker factory’s Design Office dinner, held at the Kingston Hotel on 26th February 1937. The actual menu itself takes up a small area of the entire document, with the rest being filled with comical rules for the evening and cartoons heavy with in-jokes that are completely lost on the modern reader. What is of note however, is the presence of two cartoons on one side of the menu showing a monoplane, referred to simply as the ‘Mono’. These two drawings are in fact a very early sketch of a design that would later evolve to become the Hawker Hurricane. Again, in-jokes that are sadly lost to history abound, with the title ‘The Raspberry Crane’ written on the side of the aircraft in one of the

Vaughan Davis in the RAF. In October 2015 the Museum received a generous bequest from the late Jane Davis, wife of the Bentley driver and Brooklands enthusiast Vaughan Davis. This included a large amount of memorabilia, photographs, documents, pictures and costume accessories, charting Vaughan’s life and achievements in the worlds of motor sport

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Vaughan in Mother Gun.

and aviation. Vaughan was born on 14th March 1919 and grew up in Sunbury, Middlesex, his education including a place at Charterhouse School, Godalming. His sporting interests included cycling, cricket and motor racing at Brooklands where his father took him as a boy. During World War Two Vaughan volunteered for the RAF and flew a variety of fighter aircraft, including Miles Magisters and Masters, Boeing Stearmans, Avro Ansons, Hawker Typhoons and, most notably, Hawker Hurricanes Mks I, II and IV. His log-book, which is among the papers, records that he served in the Royal Canadian Airforce between 1941 and 1944 but he appears to have extended his service until the mid-1950s. A hand-written note kept in the log-book is headed ‘Adverse Endorsement – Gross Carelessness’ issued for causing damage to a Typhoon aircraft in France on 15th August 1944 by striking a cow

during a faulty approach, damaging the undercarriage and causing the collapse of the aircraft on touchdown. There is no mention of the condition of the ill-fated cow. Working for a Bentley specialist, he became the founder editor of the Bentley Drivers’ Club Review and was a founder member of the Benjafield’s Racing Club. His passion for Bentleys and their history is reflected in the collection of press cuttings and photographs that he amassed on the subject and his pursuit of surviving parts of historic machines. The project that Vaughan will probably be best remembered for was his acquisition of parts of the historic Bentley-Jackson, a car that had been built by Robin Jackson at Brooklands around what had originally been the equally important and impressive Marker-Bentley. The restoration and rebuilding were carried out by Vaughan and the car became better known in recent times as ‘Mother Gun’.

Racing his Flat-iron special.

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Benjafield’s Racing Club 120mph car badge. 1992 Class B 1,000 Miles Record certificate.

Among the collection is a photographic record of the rebuild of the car. Probably the best remembered achievement with the car is the 1,000 Miles Standing Start record attempt on 26th April 1992, when HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Stanley Mann, Vaughan and Phil Greenwood, achieved an average speed of 104.49mph in just over nine hours and 34 minutes, breaking the existing Class B (5,0008,000cc) record. Vaughan also kept folders of documents and photos from his days of racing Bentleys at Silverstone, Mallory Park and Castle Combe, where he took part in a parade – again with Prince Michael – in Mother Gun. He always kept in contact with previous owners and drivers of the cars he owned, and the collection includes correspondence with the Marker and Baker-Carr families as well as George Harvey Noble and Martin Allan. Other folders include documentation of Vaughan’s ownership and racing of the ‘Flat-iron Special’ RNO1, of his Jaguar C- and E-types, souvenirs of visits to Le Mans and correspondence relating to his close involvement with the Benjafield’s Racing Club, Bentley Drivers’ Club and the Brooklands Society.

In addition to the many letters, documents, programmes and photographs, there are a number of objects that must have been of great personal sentiment to Vaughan. Two of his war-time flying helmets are in the collection and the driving helmet he wore on his Millbrook 1,000 Miles Record run. There are framed copies of all the certificates he was awarded for his speed record achievements, a mint condition Benjafield’s Racing Club 120mph car badge, a travelling trunk once belonging to Richard Marker ‘c/o BARC, Brooklands Motor Course’ and programmes and arm-bands from events that he raced in. A particularly touching item though is a cast metal model of Malcolm Campbell’s 1931 Land Speed Record car ‘Blue Bird’ which has clearly been played with to destruction, including the loss of three of its wheels. It is not difficult to imagine this as a favourite toy of a 12-year-old boy who was himself to become immersed in the world of motor sport and to become a notable record-breaker in his own right. John Pulford 1931 model Blue Bird land speed car.

The R R Marker trunk.

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ESTATES AND HERITAGE

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The newly repainted south west corner of the Clubhouse in November (Julian Temple).

Site improvements

18th to 20th September with careful mechanical removal of almost all of the remaining tree stumps and post-war fence posts along the lower edge of the Track directly behind the Flight Shed and London Bus Museum. Surprisingly, one large tree stump was found to have been growing on top of a well-preserved section of pre-war concrete, close to the circular base of the war-time water tank, with no significant roots! The same machine was then deployed to clear a decade’s worth of moss and weed growth on the extreme east end of the Banking fitted with the special heavy rubber ‘blade’ used so effectively on the Byfleet Banking earlier this year. Autumn’s gradual arrival once again required regular volunteer work parties to keep the Track, other roadways and footpaths clear of fallen leaves and tree debris. This time our Wednesday volunteer stalwarts and staff have been lucky enough to have had very welcome help with this from two more corporate groups – firstly a team led by Yeonjin Kwonon from our Samsung neighbours on 16th October, soon followed by 11 GSK staff members led by Andrew Ciezarek on 24th October. The GSK group so enjoyed their novel experience of Track clearing at Brooklands that they asked if they could return for more in late November! All of these recent worthy efforts remind us only too well how quickly the forces of nature can take over and cover the fabric of our historic Track if left unchecked for even a few years. Regular and sympathetic maintenance will always be required to ensure its survival!

Despite another busy season coming to an end, our team continues to provide frequent essential support for our caterers, curators, events team and other departments, as well as generally managing a wide range of issues relating to equipment, facilities, repairs, services and other matters all over the Museum site. Specific achievements include repainting the rear elevation of the Clubhouse, which was expertly finished by our appropriately named contractors, Racepark Decorating on 5th November. With only minor delays due to adverse weather, and although certain further repairs have been highlighted, this work has considerably brightened up the important first view that most of our visitors have of this Grade II* Listed building. The ‘underground’ Air Raid Shelter mid-way up the Finishing Straight was recently refurbished by volunteers from the (American) BSA Troop 184 for an Eagle Scout Service Project. Led by teenager Seb Jowett, with the dedicated support of his parents and other scouts and their families, work started with the main session seeing duckboard flooring repairs after comprehensive cleaning inside and out despite adverse weather on Sunday 23rd September. A smaller team completed the entrance sandbagging and installed hand-painted period-style signs on Saturday 13th October. Everyone involved was hugely enthusiastic and professional, and we have already had interest expressed for similar future projects. Ground works by ProMow Landscapes contractors on the Members’ Banking continued from

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Don Cameron (left) and John Davies with examples of their handiwork on the wooden barriers project (Lee Harvey).

Events

Construction of around 100 replica pre-war white wooden barriers was a project started by the late volunteer Peter Bolton who sadly did not live to see the result of his labours, having passed away two years ago. Don Cameron worked with Peter and already had many barriers partly-built off-site by Surrey Family Services volunteers directed by our long-standing supporter Ellie Patterson. Don therefore kept the scheme running and was soon joined by John Davies and Barry Twilley who jointly finished and painted all of the barriers which are now in daily use around the site. The Paddock Scoreboard now has its own maintenance and operating team with newlyrecruited volunteers from the BTM, led by Malcolm Grubb and Glenn Rees, who aim to increase its use to support and promote events at the Museum throughout the year. One of their first achievements was to install special lighting to mark the BTM’'s Armistice centenary event on 11th November.

Although this year’s Brooklands Aviation Day on 16th September was well covered by Paul Stewart and Katharine Allen in the last Bulletin, for the record, our department’s volunteers and contractors ensured that all essential elements of an active airfield were in place on the day – including, for the first time, the provision of white painted threshold and centre-line markings on the grass runway. This useful visual guide to the extent of the airstrip’s usable length attracted positive feedback from all of the visiting pilots and is of course also an extra safety measure. Runway centre-line markings being painted on the airstrip just before Aviation Day in September (Julian Temple).

Heritage work The original Competitors’ Tunnel under the Members’ Banking at the north end of Shell Way was restored as part of the Railton Place development by the Paragon Community Housing Group in early 2014. Unfortunately subsequent maintenance of the area immediately outside the tunnel’s northern entrance has for some reason failed to be carried out by those responsible and had become seriously neglected and overgrown in over four years. Seven of our Wednesday work party team therefore spent an hour or so on 7th November tackling this eyesore with sickles, shears and other hand tools and a further session should soon see this historic feature returned to its intended appearance, which can then be admired by the nearby residents.

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On Remembrance Sunday we supported nearby Byfleet village’s impressive commemorative event. This was attended by an estimated 350 to 400 people at the War Memorial which was specially-decorated for the Armistice centenary. The preceding parade was led by two horses representing the millions of those animals killed in World War One and the service ended with the release of homing pigeons to symbolise peace. A revised second edition of Byfleet Heritage Society Chairman Jim Allen’s 2014 book Byfleet and the Great War was launched in the Village Hall afterwards and gives fascinating details of the 70 Byfleet men who died serving this country in that conflict. Julian Temple, Estates and Heritage Manager The specially decorated Byfleet War Memorial just before the Remembrance Sunday service (Julian Temple).

CAR RIDES

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2001 – a Car Rides odyssey

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egular readers will know that, despite the elongated summer, we have been beset by weather interrupting play this year. However, finally we managed to get a full week in this year! To be honest we had to cheat a bit, with a late start on Friday because of early rain, and an early finish when the precipitation returned. Nevertheless, we did get the psychological boost of a full week at last. That last day also helped to push us over the £2,000 mark for money raised during the week… just and only by a pound, but it was enough. Like buses, all our corporate events came at once and three came together in September, soon after the close of the summer rides. We’re now even getting ‘regulars’ for our services, with some companies returning year on year to enjoy hospitality family day packages. Contributing circa £600 a time, they make a welcome addition to Museum funds and provide great entertainment for the workers and their families on their company day out. There were, as ever, lots of happy smiling faces during the rides, from both drivers and passengers! There were some scary ones as well, as we always make a big effort for the Halloween celebration. It is always tinged a little with sadness however, as we remember our late colleague Colin Dalziel, who always used to roar up the Test Hill in full costume, a maniacal grin on his face, with his cape flying out behind him. For such a normally quiet man, he

Halloween special – Gordon Brierley (left) with Graham Appleyard, the esteemed Car Rides ‘Guv’nor’ (Keith Barry). always made this event his own. For us it is now time to ‘make and mend’, both ourselves and the cars at the end of the season. We always look forward to the Motorcycle Lunch, which we join as Michael Sands organises such a superb event. Let’s see if we can outdo last year’s ‘team rig’ of the day which featured ‘fork ‘andles’, our tribute to Ronnie Barker. And with that it’s goodbye from me and goodbye from them, until next time. Keith Barry

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OUTREACH

Update BTM Outreach at the Rob Walker Centenary Festival in Dorking on a dry, sunny day (Roddy Garnett).

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enerally, Team Outreach has been experiencing the better side of climate change, and we have enjoyed largely (not always) dry and reasonably warm events this year. Unusually, we decided recently to split our stand and attend two shows simultaneously as we felt it was important that we should have a strong presence at both the Knaphill Octoberfest and the Autumn Motorsport day at Brooklands. Our decision was indeed correct, but instead of being in friendly competition, with both teams trying to see who could sign up the most members, we found ourselves competing in a ‘Which team is the wettest?’ contest. David Norfolk, heading up the Motorsport team claimed victory because of the wind effect on top of the soaking they all received, but I genuinely feel the prize must go to the Octoberfest team, who suffered a series of minor disasters. Not only were we all drenched, but of the cars that were booked for display, two broke down, one gave up and returned home and one couldn’t find us, therefore none turned up. The tombola

and lollies were all but washed away and the TV monitor first gave up producing colour, followed closely by the picture and finally the sound. However, we claimed victory in the end as we actually lured a very wet visitor and signed him up as a member. So, as you can see, even the bad times are good with BTM Outreach. By the time you read this the show season will be over. There are a few jobs to be done over the winter months to improve the stand display, a few things to attend to on and in the van, a new calendar to prepare, but mostly the team need a deserved rest and to recharge their batteries ready for the oncoming 2019 season of shows. I know we are all eager and looking forward to it, but a little rest is welcome. Wishing every one a very happy Christmas and, don’t forget, the Outreach team will be in our usual place in the Paddock for the truly excellent New Year’s Day show. The team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome, rain or shine. Rolie Luker, Outreach Co-ordinator

MOTORING VOLUNTEERS

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t’s not all motors and mechanics, getting dirty, driving and having fun in the Motoring team. We also have to deal with the support side of the vehicles, be that keeping them clean, ensuring that their batteries are fully charged, ready for action or free from disgracing themselves by dropping fluids all over the floor. With that in mind, and with the support of the Museum, we

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have embarked on a couple of new projects. The first is to test the effectiveness of a solar charger, ideal for the airfield vehicles in particular where it is impractical to keep batteries on trickle charge via a power socket. So far we've discovered that the solar charger is very effective when the battery is fully charged and of a reasonable age and condition. Older batteries that don't retain a


we can’t be certain if this is our car, but it does show the vehicle quite clearly and the ‘large’ cockpit. I say large, we have to make allowances for the fact that the population in general was smaller in stature during the early years of the last century, but the driver is sitting sideways, smoking a cigarette, something you’d struggle to do in our car. From a more reliable method, measurements do suggest our cockpit is smaller, but not by much. So, we’ll need to discuss our findings with the Museum before a decision on remodelling our car is made. As far as the other issues are concerned, the fuel pick-up problem seems to have cleared and the braking, which always seems to dog this car, will probably improve by running the car frequently and for longer. The summer demos on the Finishing Straight are insufficient to highlight and resolve any faults so hopefully another invitation from our friends at Mercedes-Benz World is only just around the corner, if not the roads of Surrey await!

Autovac on the Napier Colonial (Debbie Crawt). good level of power do not benefit sufficiently. That said, this is an excellent product that's easy to connect and starts charging immediately. It doesn't require direct sunlight, just enough to keep it producing a charge, and will even work through a garage window according to one of my colleagues. So it looks like this could be a good investment for the Museum. Our second project was to replace all the drip trays. We have a motley collection, ranging from the purpose-made with good length and high sides, to the roasting trays that barely catch a drip, to the almost flat sheets of metal (especially after you've run over them a few times), that leak oil all over the floor! We have wanted to replace these for a while, both from a practical – we are frequently cleaning up spilt oil and water from the floor – and from a health and safety point of view. It can be extremely dangerous for the team when pushing the cars out of the sheds, as it is necessary to achieve a good footing to get the heavy cars moving. Even though we are aware and careful there have been a few slips in the past. And it’s equally important for the general public who may walk into any open door or free space. The drip trays have been sized and ordered, and hopefully will be with us soon. We then just have the slippery task of collecting, cleaning and disposing of the old ones. Back to getting dirty then!

Hillman Aerominx With the oil seal finally fitted (it had been soaked in oil overnight and had expanded to such an extent that fitting took most of the day) and the brake pads cleaned it was hoped the braking issues were over. However, a test run showed that although the car stopped better than previously, one wheel locked, while braking on the other three was less effective. The car is back in the workshop where the braking system is being checked from pedal, or handbrake, to shoes.

Napier Colonial Not a car regularly featuring in our updates, but it was decided, as the only correct in period vehicle, to give her a run out for the Brooklands Great War 100 celebration in September. A few weeks before we got her out for a shake down. It's a tight squeeze getting this car through the fire escape doors, but a twirl on the ‘Go Jacks’, with the roof down and the driver ducking his head, we just about made it, with three inches (8cm) to spare on either side. Outside she started but failed to run; a problem with the Autovac was diagnosed. This is a large can-like bit of kit with pipes and taps that draws the fuel from the petrol tank, and when it reaches a predefined level feeds it through to the engine. Attempts to correct the problem proved fruitless so an Autovac was borrowed from another car. Running smoothly, the Napier took part in the parade on the Finishing Straight during the event

Alvis front-wheel-drive Would you believe it, a chance purchase in a charity shop and there on page 53 of Brooklands a Pictorial History by G N Georgano is a FWD Alvis, number 20 of Farley and Parkes. Obviously,

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and proved very popular with the public while parked in the Paddock. The original Autovac has been refurbished and fitted back on the car as I write, with the borrowed unit being returned to the donor. Hopefully it will work.

reported on the Bedford HA100 van; that’s the red, BEA one if you’re not sure. It's still holed up in the Fire Test Chamber being worked on by another team, and will hopefully be back with us in early 2019.

Bedford HA100

Carmichael fire tender

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Best laid plans and all that, floor in, floor out again! Unfortunately we had to remove the crossmember below the vehicle in order to install the rather ‘wiggly’ exhaust system. That meant the floor had to come out to give access from above. It was all to do with length and angles apparently. However, the front section of the exhaust is now in and the cross-member reinstalled. Sadly, the rear section appears to be missing so that will need to be found or a replacement sourced. The radiator has gone back in and the hoses, including the really difficult ones at the back of the engine, reconnected. The front grille and trim are back on, restoring the familiar look of an old Range Rover. The bumper and bull-bars are next but this is a heavy piece of kit and will need care when being re-fitted. The wiring loom is almost entirely back, with just a few connections to be made. As for those three brown wires, I'm told they are for voltage regulation... right, not convinced by that but all seems to be working, so I guess the guys must know what they are doing. We still need to install the floor, again, and the seats and rebuild the dashboard/steering column which had been dismantled prior to us taking on the project. However, it shouldn’t be too long before she’s up and running. In fact, as I write, the engine is turning over, so she could be on the road by the time you read this article! Debbie Crawt

The aluminium plates over the fibre-glass repair and the dismantled dashboard/steering column in the fire tender (Debbie Crawt).

FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

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here were three consecutive days of filming in September, using much of the site. On the 19th a small crew used the Stratosphere Chamber, Aircraft Factory and Jackson Shed for a documentary for Red Bull looking at engineering and how it has influenced computer games. Then, on the 20th, movie star Jude Law was filmed for a scene on board Concorde, drinking a cocktail for an upcoming film called The Nest. The scene needed to depict the aircraft in flight and banking slightly so a huge light was mounted The Red Bull crew filming in the Stratosphere Chamber (Paul Stewart).

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Filming on-board Concorde with a crane-mounted light depicting the sun (Paul Stewart). Concorde’s own 50th anniversary coming up it was their first choice for a back-drop. The article, which is being scheduled as a cover story for a future issue entitled ‘Supersonic 69’, featured a Bristol 411, a Ford Capri and an Aston Martin V8. They then drove the cars to Bristol and this will be included in the piece as well as charting the development of the cars and the aircraft. Paul Stewart

on a movable crane which, from the inside, simulated the sun. The 60-strong crew, vehicles and support teams were on-site for most of the day setting up the 20-second shot which took less than 10 minutes to film. The next day, Practical Classics magazine made a stop-off to photograph three cars whose designs originated 50 years ago; naturally, with

LEARNING

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he team had a busy autumn term welcoming schools back to the Museum after the summer holidays and helping organise and deliver or support various Museum events.

Aviation Day This event saw the Museum break the record for the most pedal planes together in one event and participants were also invited to make their own Hurricane 3D image to take away.

Twilight event The team hosted the second Twilight event of 2018 on 12th October. We welcomed 153 children and 27 adults from various scout, girl guide and cadet groups from our local area to the Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed. Participants were invited to take part in five different activities during the evening, including exploring the exhibitions, taking part in demonstrations and workshops and learning more about our history through a guided tour. The evening started at 6.00pm and finished at 9.00pm and we are grateful to all the staff and volunteers who helped ensure it was another successful event. Learning the significance of the poppy symbol (Karen Bonthron).

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Celebrating Remembrance with a ‘Make a Poppy’ workshop (Karen Bonthron).

Kingston University to work with us in developing learning resources for the redesign of the Vickers Vimy Exhibition. Having completed this course last year, I know first-hand the benefit of working with professionals in the field as part of your studies. I was therefore keen to see what they had come up with from a marker’s point of view! There were 18 students in total taking part and Virginia Smith and I helped mark student presentations. There were a few interesting suggestions of projects for the Learning and Participation Department to consider. For example, one student pitched a new partnership with a refugee organisation, to help children seeking asylum better integrate with society and learn about the local history at Brooklands. Another student suggested a Key Stage One workshop where pupils use the pioneering flights of the Vickers Vimy to learn about geographical skills and fieldwork, such as using maps, aerial photography and different time zones. Lucy Ward

Autism Hour – early opening event On Saturday 13th October the Museum Motoring Village exhibitions were opened at 8.45am for 19 local families with members in the autistic spectrum. This event was supported by Autism UK who helped to advertise details to their members.

Celebrating Remembrance Throughout the October half-term we invited families to take part in our ‘Make a Poppy’ workshop whilst we discussed the importance of remembering and the significance of the poppy symbol.

Halloween film night and slime making The team welcomed movie goers to have a go at making their own glow-in-the-dark slime before sitting down for the movie. The workshop and film night was a success with young and old alike. Virginia Smith

Kingston University Over the past few months, the Museum has welcomed Museum Studies MA students from

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