If you’re itching to get away this Easter – but need some inspiration as to where – you might find the final part of our suggestions for interesting day trips out of London useful. In part 3 of our mini-series, we’ve picked a cracking visitor attraction that’s jam packed with exciting automobile and aeronautical history – and is quite close to home…
Brooklands Museum – less than an hour from our Southwark Branch (53 minutes, London Traffic permitting) Brooklands was the world’s first purpose built Motor Racing Circuit. Constructed in 1907, it consisted of a 2.75 mile mile banked oval. As well as racing the complex Brooklands became a natural centre of development for auto and aeronautical engineering. A hotbed of engineering innovation and development.
It was no coincidence that Sir Malcolm Campell based his Bluebird speed record racing projects there in the 1930’s. Here he is announcing the rebuilt New Bluebird in 1935 – the sheds in the background still stand and make up a wing of the museum. The car was the first to break the 300mph barrier in September that year on the famous Bonneville Salt flats in Utah. His last line about British Design, British workmanship and materials is in the atmosphere at Brooklands.
The Brooklands museum is home to plenty of iconic vehicles, motorcycles and aircraft – but Brooklands was also the location the first meeting between an Anglo-French engineering team in the 1960s. Their subsequent creation is probably the most iconic aircraft ever built…
Brooklands is home to Concord ‘G-BBDG’ – the first production Concord and the first airframe to carry 100 passengers at twice the speed of sound. It’s a fitting exhibit – as 30% of every Concord airframe was built at Brooklands.
A family ticket to Brooklands (2 adults and up to 3 children) is a bargain at £33. The full Concord experience is an additional £4 for adults and £2 for children.