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Nostalgia rules at Brooklands Reunion Day

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THE 75th anniversary of the closing of the Brooklands race track is being marked by a special Brooklands Reunion Day this Sunday, July 13.

The final race meet at Brooklands was held on the August Bank Holiday 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War.

The first of the new-style Brooklands Reunions will conjure up the atmosphere of club meetings in the 1930s for both members and visitors.

The site will be filled with cars, motorcycles and bicycles that raced here from 1907-1939. They will also be welcoming other pre-war vehicles, which will be parked up, as spectators’ vehicles would have been on race days.

Already confirmed cars include Sir Malcolm Campbell’s world land speed record breaker, the Sunbeam 350hp, which was recently started up for the first time in 50 years.

There will be Test Hill demonstrations, with sessions for cars, motorcycles and cycles. Over on the finishing straight, the pre-war racing cars will form up in ‘grids’, which will be sent off up the finishing straight towards the Members’ Banking. At lunchtime there will be a cavalcade on the Mercedes-Benz World track.

Normal admission charges apply with additional visitor parking in The Heights. Pre-war vehicles only via the Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road.

The clubhouse will operate as it did pre-war, with the Blue Bird Room set up as a bar for members and the Napier Room will come back to life as the members’ dining room. The members’ bar will be reserved as usual for club level members.

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