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Brooklands Circuit – historic motor racing track

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Brooklands Circuit is a historic motor racing circuit located in Weybridge (Surrey), England. It was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, opening in 1907. The circuit hosted the first British Grand Prix in 1926 and was home to the British Grand Prix for a number of years.

Hugh Locke King

The circuit was the brainchild of Hugh Locke King, a wealthy banker and motor racing enthusiast. He wanted to create a motor racing circuit that was safe for drivers and spectators alike. He purchased a large area of land near Weybridge and began construction of the circuit in 1907.

The track was designed by William E. Scott and was made up of a 2.75 mile oval track with a number of sharp turns and a steep banking. The circuit in Weybridge opened in June 1907 and was an immediate success.

Home of the British Grand Prix and 24-hour race

It was used for a variety of motor racing events, including the first British Grand Prix in 1926. Brooklands was also the home of the first 24-hour race in the world, held in 1929. The circuit was closed during World War II and was used for military purposes. After the war, the circuit was briefly reopened but closed again in the late 1950s due to safety concerns. The circuit was eventually sold to a property developer in the 1960s and after that, much of the track was demolished.

Brooklands Museum

Today, the Brooklands Museum preserves the history of this British circuit. The museum houses a collection of historic vehicles, as well as a recreation of the original circuit. Visitors can also explore the original banking and the remaining sections of the track.

Brooklands Circuit is a reminder of the early days of motor racing and a testament to the vision of Hugh Locke King. It is an important part of British motoring history and a popular tourist attraction.

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