The Sunday after Goodwood saw Jagger and I return to what seems like our second home to attend the Brooklands Reunion. This event remembers the final race meetings held at the circuit before the outbreak of World War Two.
In 1945 after the hostilities were over the circuit was inspected, unfortunately it was found to be in such a state of disrepair due to numerous bombing raids that racing could never return to how it once was. One such raid in September 1940 hit the Vickers aircraft factory killing almost 90 people, two days later the Hawker factory was attacked. The devastation resulted in the worlds first motor racing circuit having but a short life of just 32 years from 1907 to 1939.
2017 marked the 110th anniversary of the opening of the track and the 90th anniversary of the second of only two British Grand Prix held before WW2.
Aside from these milestones this has been a very special year for Brooklands because in June the start/finish straight reopened after a huge amount of work which included the removal of the Wellington Aircraft Hanger and a brand new replacement complete in its camouflage livery, positioned on the opposite side of the track.
Below are some photo's of that day which had many cars of the period revisit, the first picture shows the space alongside the trees where the Wellington Hanger used to be.
On August 13th 2017 another piece of the jigsaw was put in place with the unveiling of the scoreboard which is positioned alongside the track close to the clubhouse.
Together with the aforementioned reintroduction of the start/finish straight, neither of these monumental tasks could have happened without a massive amount of fund raising which included almost £4.7 million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, awarded to the museum in 2015.
In 2014 Brooklands released a limited edition enamel badge to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the closure of the circuit (see Brooklands Classic Car Day 2014). Since then, a badge has been released each year at this event and I’m happy to say I have each one. Today’s release saw a quite innovative issue which incorporated the scoreboard.
Below is my collection of Reunion badges since Brooklands reintroduced them.