- Oct 27, 2014
The legendary Brooklands circuit and its surrounding facilities in Surrey are to be restored by multi-million pound lottery funding - and racing could be on its way back after more than 75 years.
Despite Brooklands not hosting races since 1939, its concrete banking section is still unmistakeable, even in its current potholed state of disrepair. The outbreak of World War II meant the track, which was firmly the home of British motor racing years before places like Silverstone even started as tracks, was commandeered for aircraft production and hangar space. Motorsport hasn't returned since.
The relics of Brooklands' wartime era are being restored as well thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund's £4.7 million grant, but the current museum hangar will be dismantled, moved and rebuilt, allowing some of the old track to be reclaimed. This has opened the possibility of some historic racing being held on the circuit, as Brooklands Museum director Allan Winn said to BBC News Surrey: "We're going to recreate as much as we possibly can of the glory days of Brooklands, both as a motor racing circuit and also as an aircraft factory."
The museum still needs a further £775,000 for the plans, but restoration work should begin in the next couple of months and be finished by Summer 2016.