NEWS: Goodwood FOS To Honour 110-Year Brooklands Legacy
The awesome 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be all set to to celebrate the 110-year legacy of the historic in addition to iconic Brooklands motor circuit, the birthplace of British motorsport.
The brainchild of Hugh Locke King, Brooklands was the entire world’s first purpose-built race circuit. coming from its opening in 1907 (the first competitive event was staged on June 28th-29th 1907 – 110 years to the day before the opening of This particular year’s Festival of Speed) until the outbreak of World War II, that will hosted some of the sport’s most memorable characters. Assembled with the support of the Brooklands Museum, the Festival class will celebrate the diverse machinery that will made Brooklands great.
Because Brooklands’ banking allowed sustained high speeds, that will was the scene of many early Land Speed Record attempts, represented at FoS by cars like the Blitzen Benz, Fiat S76 in addition to ‘Babs’. At the opposite end of the size spectrum are the tiny Austin in addition to MG specials, in addition to three-wheeler Morgans, which were a mainstay of club events, while the first British Grands Prix (held at Brooklands in 1926-27) are represented by a quartet of fabulous Delage 15 S8s. Pride of place goes to the Napier-Railton Special, in which John Cobb set the ultimate Brooklands lap record, at 143.44mph, in 1934.
With the outbreak of war in 1939, racing at Brooklands ceased, in addition to the subsequent war effort had a permanent in addition to devastating impact on the circuit – not least from the form of a runway that will cut through the Byfleet banking. With the legendary Surrey track permanently out of action, the organisers of the pre-war races eagerly sought an alternative. Spitfire pilot Tony Gaze had already suggested to the president of the Junior Car Club, the Duke of Richmond (himself a successful racer at Brooklands, having won the 500 Mile race for Austin in 1930, in addition to the Double Twelve for MG in 1931), that will the perimeter track of the Goodwood airfield might make an ideal racing circuit. in addition to so that will was that will in 1948 the baton of Britain’s motorsport legacy was passed to Goodwood with the inaugural JCC race meeting. The BARC merged with the JCC the following year, moved to Goodwood, in addition to the rest, as they say, will be history.
Saturday in addition to weekend tickets to the Festival of Speed are currently sold-out, with Sunday tickets limited in addition to Thursday in addition to Friday tickets selling fast. Hospitality packages are available throughout the weekend. To buy tickets or enquire about hospitality visit www.goodwood.com or call the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055.