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Brooklands

Brooklands became Europe's first permanent circuit when it opened on July 17 1907.

Country
Britain
Location
Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey
Co-ordinates
51.354520, -0.463427
Latest Race
First Race

Brooklands became Europe’s first permanent circuit when it opened on July 17 1907. As Grand Prix racing began to capture the imagination on the continent, Brooklands held Britain’s first such events in 1926 and 1927. The liberal use of straw bales made various circuit layouts possible around the starting straight and test hill. A permanent Grand Prix circuit named after Sir Malcolm Campbell was introduced in 1937, although by then Donington Park was already playing host to the continental teams. High speeds and a society atmosphere became central to Brooklands folklore. In 1935, the fastest lap of the outer circuit was run at over 143 mph by John Cobb’s Napier-Railton – on a day when the track was not completely dry! Brooklands closed for World War II, never to reopen. Part of the Members Banking remains, overlooking the clubhouse and paddock sheds, which now house a museum. The remainder of the track has been redeveloped as business parks, a hotel, Mercedes-Benz World and retail shopping, with access to a supermarket car park now cutting through the Byfleet Banking.

Grand Prix Circuit

1926 - 1927

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.616 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Henry Segrave (Talbot 700), 1m49.5, 80.006 mph, GP, 1926

Campbell Circuit

1937 - 1939

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.267 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Raymond Mays (ERA D-type), 1m44.91, 77.79 mph, 2000cc, 1939

British Empire Trophy Circuit

1934

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3 (Miles)

Circuit

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.389 (Miles)

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.796 (Miles)

Change

Hairpins introduced after the Folk and on return to the approach to the Members' Banking

Mountain Circuit

1931 - 1939

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.17 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Raymond Mays (ERA D-type), 49.96s, 84.31 mph, 1500cc Voiturette, 1936

Banked Outer Circuit

1907 - 1939

Type

Paved oval

Length

2.767 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

John Cobb (Napier-Railton), 1m09.44, 143.451 mph, over 8000cc, 1935

Latest Races

3,223

Championships

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18,238

Results

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16,664

Drivers

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9,962

Teams

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875

Circuits

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