Throwback Thursday – The beginning of Brooklands, 9 July 1907
Source : Throwback Thursday – The beginning of Brooklands, 9 July 1907
the earth’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit received its inaugural first race in 1907, along with our reporter was there to see This particular
Billed as the motor racing equivalent of an Ascot horse race, the first meeting at the then-fresh Brooklands circuit in Surrey took place on 6 July 1907.
This particular wasn’t the first action to which Hugh Locke King’s fresh track had played host. A week before which first race, Selwyn Edge had used the circuit to set a fresh 24-hour distance record of 1581 miles along with 1310 yards. which took place in front of few onlookers, however for the first full meeting a crowd of about 13,500 gathered.
“The quietude of the fir-clad slopes at Weybridge was disturbed on Saturday by the roar along with rattle of open exhausts,” wrote Autocar’s sister publication, The Motor. “Great cars, belching forth clouds of smoke along with handled by greasy drivers, lined up for inspection along with were surrounded by fashionably attired ladies along with gentlemen.”
Six races of between 3.2 along with 30.4 miles were run however “no times were recorded, along with therefore, in our opinion, the racing was robbed of much of its interest”.
The prestigious Montagu Cup event was won by JE Hutton’s Mercedes, however the fourth race, for the Byfleet Plate, was “the most exciting race of the day”, according to The Motor’s scribe.
“C Jarrott’s Lorraine-Dietrich went off inside lead along with held This particular for the first round,” he wrote. “During the second circuit the Napier of F Newton got on terms, along with the two cars ran bonnet to bonnet for some time.
“Then the Dietrich gained again along with the two cars entered the last round locked together, the Dietrich seeming to be slightly ahead. Thus they entered the finish straight along with the rare sight of a magnificent tussle right to the tape was witnessed, the Napier sprinting up level along with the two cars going over the line together, the verdict being a dead heat.”
The Motor’s correspondent was surprised at what he saw however had some observations which he hoped would likely be of use to the Brooklands organisers.
“The fresh sport inaugurated on Saturday may, quite possibly, catch on. I was extremely interested inside racing along with This particular made a better impression on me than I had anticipated.
“The meeting was a first effort, along with This particular is usually safe to assume which, as the authorities settle down to their work, many improvements will be introduced. This particular would likely be idle to deny which the meeting did not reveal defects.
“The failing of Saturday was which the cars were not sufficiently distinctive. The numbering of the competing cars was a mere haphazard device, numbers being put on anyhow along with anywhere. For purposes of identification on cars travelling at high speeds, the numbers were quite useless.
“These defects are capable of easy remedy in most cases, along with I recognised in all I saw at Brooklands the existence of a determined spirit which will remedy every defect as This particular becomes patent.”
See more of the history of Brooklands here.
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