Brooklands Museum

Overview

Brooklands Museum, Birthplace of British Motorsport & Aviation, Home of Concorde. Fun for all the family. Easy to find close to London in Weybridge.

Contact Information

Brooklands Road Weybridge, Surrey, England KT13 0QN

phone: view phone01932 857381

website: http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/

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Description

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BROOKLANDS MUSEUM
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The Birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation, Home of Concorde

BROOKLANDS - the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 - was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.

The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10, BAC One-Eleven and the only Concorde with public access in South East England.

We hold a wide range of special events, mainly on weekends and during school holidays. These include car club visits (often with Test Hill in action), Auto Italia Italian Car Day,The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival, aviation events and car rides on weekdays during school holidays. See our Events pages for further details.

Brooklands Museum Trust is an independent charitable trust whose aims are to preserve and interpret the heritage of Brooklands and to use that heritage to inspire and educate future generations. Our vision is:
Through inventiveness, expertise and above all, a sense of adventure, Brooklands changed the world. Building on that amazing legacy, we will use those qualities to inspire future generations to shape their world.


ASSISTANCE DOGS ONLY ARE PERMITTED ON THE MUSEUM SITE. Please do not try to bring other animals to the Museum as we are a NO DOGS SITE and they will be refused admission.

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CAR RIDES
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What Do We Do

The Brooklands Car Rides Team was formed about a decade ago to provide safe, exhilarating rides around what remains of the Brooklands Race Track, including Test Hill, in a period-style car. The aim is to educate, inspire and entertain visitors by giving them a taste of the sights, sounds and smells of the Race Track. Our other aim is to raise funds for the Museum by asking for a donation of £1 per person, per ride for this activity.

The Team is made up of Volunteers who provide the vehicles at their own personal expense, along with paying the maintenance costs of the cars and buying their own uniforms and equipment.


When Do We Operate

Weather permitting, the rides operate during the school holidays and half terms on Mondays to Thursdays in the summer holidays and Mondays to Fridays at all other times, excluding Bank Holidays and the Christmas break. In the morning they start at 11am and continue until 1pm, then run again between 2 and 3pm in the winter and until 4pm during summer hours.

The Team also provide car rides, by prior arrangement, for weddings, corporate and other functions organised by the Museum and its hospitality department. Please contact Hospitality for details. Donations for corporate and other functions and weddings are by negotiation.

The Malcolm Campbell & ERA Sheds

The Malcolm Campbell Shed. 'The Great Racing Days of Brooklands' Exhibition.

The World Land Speed Record holder Malcolm Campbell built his first shed here in 1926 and extended it in 1931. The building, surviving today, was used by him as office, workshop and showroom until around 1935. It was here that his successful ‘Blue Bird’ racing and world record-breaking cars were often kept, displayed or even built. The building was later taken over by leading motor engineers Thomson and Taylor as a workshop and showroom for Alfa Romeo and Railton cars. Today it houses a collection of racing cars, a driver’s study, an engineer’s workshop and displays of racing club memorabilia, around which the story of ‘The Great Racing Days of Brooklands’ is told.

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Concorde G-BBDG ‘Delta Golf’ (1974)
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The Brooklands Concorde G-BBDG was the second production Concorde and the first British production aircraft, with construction beginning in early 1970 at Brooklands and Toulouse.

Delta Golf’s first flight was made by Peter Baker and Brian Trubshaw on February 13th 1974, and its first flight at Mach 2 on April 10th 1974. On July 6th, 1974, following a series of proving flights, she became the first production Concorde to land at London Heathrow. She performed engineering tests, route proving, CAA certification, public relations and promotional work and, in the course of this programme, flew in formation with the Red Arrows.

In 1974, DG was also the first aircraft ever to carry 100 people in supersonic flight.

With her final landing at Filton on Christmas Eve in 1981, piloted by Peter Baker and Roy Radford, Delta Golf had undertaken 633 flights 1,282 hours in the air.

The aircraft was then stored at Filton and, in 1984, was sold to British Airways who used her as a source of spare parts for their Concorde fleet.

After Concorde’s retirement was announced in early 2003, British Airways offered Delta Golf to the Museum in recognition of Brooklands’ considerable part in the history of Concorde. Dismantled and transported by Air Salvage International (ASI), the Brooklands-built front and rear fuselage sections arrived at the Museum on May 5th 2004 and the rest of the airframe followed on June 5th.

A ‘Brooklands Concorde’ restoration appeal was launched and re-assembly of the main structure was carried out by an ASI team from March to December 2005. With considerable help from sponsors and many Museum volunteers, this aircraft was further restored, complete with a unique on-board exhibition. Concorde was officially opened to visitors by HRH Prince Michael of Kent on July 26th 2006.

The Brooklands Concorde Experience is a 35-minute visit to see inside one of the world’s most iconic aircraft and to enjoy a virtual ‘flight’. It may be booked at regular times each day. In addition, there are number of Concorde Special Events including flying the Concorde Simulator, Concorde Champagne Days, and Deluxe and Technical Concorde ‘Flights’.

MOTORING

* The Clubhouse
* Campbell & ERA Sheds
* Racing Lock-Ups
* Jackson Shed
* Motorcycles
* Dunlop Mac's
* Press Hut & Racing Car Bays
* Petrol Pagodas
* Test Hill
* Napier Railton

AVIATION

* Wellington Hanger
* Hurricane
* Vickers
* Stratosphere Chamber
* Guided Weapons

EXHIBITS

* Cars on Display
* Motorcycles on Display
* Bicycles on Display
* Aircraft
* Aviation-Related Vehicles

HOSPITALITY

* Weddings
* Christmas
* Meetings & Corporate
* Private Parties

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