Brooklands Centenary Festival - 15-17 June
100 years of motor sport to be celebrated as
Brooklands Centenary Festival plans are announced Brooklands,
the first purpose built motor racing circuit in the world, has
announced plans to celebrate its centenary this June.
The venue, in Weybridge, Surrey will host a
wide range of exciting events over the weekend of 15-17 June
2007, exactly 100 years since it first opened. All weekend the
Festival atmosphere will be everywhere, with a fun fair, street
entertainers and plenty of refreshments, whilst period costume
and myriad vehicles and reminders of the golden age of motor
racing will be on display.
Friday evening sees a Grand Centenary Ball
at Mercedes-Benz World, and on Saturday the Brooklands Museum
hosts an unrivalled display of vintage and veteran cars from
clubs and private owners.
Saturday evening sees an Edwardian-themed
party in the Brooklands Clubhouse.
Sunday - the actual anniversary day - is the
highpoint of the weekend. A recreation of the original Grand
Opening Parade will be held on what's left of the three and a
half mile track. Cars will travel along the Finishing Straight,
and onto the famous banked circuit.
On the first race day in 1907, Mercedes and
Benz cars finished first and second to win the inaugural
In its heyday from the 1900s to the 1930s,
Brooklands' slogan used to be "The right crowd and no
crowding". As all 190 acres of the site will be used there will
be space for everyone - plus plenty of parking.
As well as commemorating the revolutionary
circuit, which paved the way for motor sport becoming more
accessible to spectators and competitors alike, the
aeronautical history of Brooklands will also be evident.
As Mercedes' legendary Silver Arrows Grands
Prix cars demonstrate their awesome power on track, historic
aeroplanes will fly overhead, capturing the glamour and spirit
of the original Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit.
Brooklands Museum still features many of the
original buildings, the 1-in-4 Test Hill and the steepest part
of the Members' Banking, re-opened to the public in 1991.
The Museum now chronicles the achievements
of the pioneering men and women who advanced technology on the
ground and in the air, and has a superb and ever-growing
collection of vehicles and aircraft and memorabilia as well as
modern Formula One race cars, the Raleigh Cycle Collection and
As Brooklands enjoys its rejuvenation and
gets set for its second century, one weekend in June will be
the perfect way to rejoice and remember what went before, what
made it the home of motor sport, and to welcome the next
generation of enthusiasts to the remarkable site.