Brooklands, the world’s first purpose built race circuit, opened in 1907, and was the birthplace of British motorsport. Powerful and spectacular cars raced on its dauntingly steep banking, and it was the location of the first British Grand Prix. But Brooklands was much more than a great sporting arena. It was also central to the golden days of land speed record attempts, and Malcolm Campbell and John Cobb developed their record breaking machines there. Moreover, Brooklands was a major centre for aircraft design, construction and flight testing for over 80 years, and Brooklands aircraft have broken numerous height, distance and speed records. As the design and production site for the Wellington bomber and Hurricane fighter, Brooklands played a crucial role in the Second World War. Post war, much of the design and manufacturing of the revolutionary supersonic passenger aircraft, Concorde, took place at Brooklands. Today, Brooklands continues as an award winning active museum, dedicated to preserving its motoring and aviation past.
Harry has been involved at Brooklands for many years, and he makes regular appearances as a museum speaker. His talk covers the absorbing history of Brooklands, from its conception to the present day.