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Brooklands Motor Racing Track
Weybridge, Surrey
Brooklands Motor Racing Track
associated engineer
Col. Capel Holden
Louis Gustave Mouchel
date  1906 - 1907
era  Modern  |  category  Race Track  |  reference  TQ066623
ICE reference number  HEW 1428
photo  Mouchel archive
The world's first banked concrete race/test track. Finished in 1907, the speed limit on the roads at the time was 20 miles per hour. In 1926 it was the venue for the first British Grand Prix.
The track was two and three quarter miles long, pear-shaped in plan, with a maximum gradient at the outer edge of the curves of 1 in 2. The surface was made of 10ft wide strips of unreinforced concrete.
It was built on the estate of the civil engineer Hugh Fortesque Locke King, who promoted it, and laid out by Holden, a railway engineer.
A reinforced concrete bridge by Mouchel was built to carry the track over the River Wye and to allow floodwaters to diperse. The deck varied in thickness from 4 and a half inches to 6in, with a superelevation of 26ft. Its curvature increased rapidly at the outer edge.
Brooklands is associated not only with the early history of motor racing but also with the history of aviation in Britain. A.V. Roe used the site in 1908. Later Sopwith and Vickers did too. The geodotic fuselage for the Wellington bomber was developed by Barnes Wallis at Brooklands.
The site was purchased by Vickers Company after World War II. They built design offices and a wind tunnel. It was sold again in the 1980s and the aviation industry moved elsewhere. 30 acres were set aside for a museum, now open to the public.
Original contractor: Yorkshire Hennebique Contracting Co
reference sources   CEH Lond
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Brooklands Motor Racing Track