NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2016
 
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The end of year events are now upon us and I'm sure that it will be a busy season for most of our Members. Sadly our President, Sir Stirling Moss,  couldn't make our Annual BTM Dinner at the last minute this year. This is the first time he has missed the evening since the BTM began in 2009 and he does send his sincere apologies to Members. The event, however, was a great success as you can read below.
  
The Xmas lunch on 18th December is now full up and we are starting a short waiting list should anyone not be able to make it after all. If you would like to go on that list please email Angela as below.
  
The last main Museum event of the year was damp but enjoyable thanks to a waterlogged MBWorld 4x4 course. The military vehicle owners had great fun splashing about in the mud! Torchlight Tours and Santa on the VC10 are being booked up now and of course we are all looking forward to the New Year's Day extravaganza.
   
Christmas is approaching rapidly and the Museum has many items for sale in its shop including the unique Brooklands Christmas Card for 2016 - you can buy them in the shop for just £3 for 6 cards.  Visit the Museum shop in person between the 1st and 23rd December and you can enjoy a 10% Members only discount on most items. 
 
We have news of our Winter Family Event which is specifcially aimed at our members aged 8yrs and upwards. Previously we have featured Fran Scott from CBBC and Marty Jopson from the One Show but this year we turn to the world of books. We are extremely pleased that Nick Arnold, the author of the great series of "Horrible Science" books, will be joining us on Sunday 26th February. Nick will no doubt be familiar to our younger members for his sometimes gruesome explanations of scientific facts and theories. There will be plenty of exciting experiments with help from the audience so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are on sale now - see below.
 
It's not too late to return your tickets for the BTM 2016 Winter Draw and we hope that you can take part in raising funds for the Scoreboard project. To be in with a chance of winning the £500 cash top prize please return them as soon as possible (closing date for entries will be 16th December and the draw takes place at the Christmas Lunch on 18th December). If you don't like raffles but still would like to help the project to recreate the Paddock Scoreboard then please return the empty books with a donation towards the appeal. Should you wish to donate more than the £20 for two books of tickets then we will, of course, accept further donations. With your help we should be able to make a start on re-creating the Scoreboard early next year. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed.
  
Finally you are invited to take a look at the new Museum website which launched at the end of the month. It features four main sections - the Museum, The Members, The Concorde and the Shop. You can still access our section of it with the old url of www.brooklandsmembers.co.uk .
 
BTM CHOICE THIS MONTH
 
1
BTM XMAS LUNCH
 
 
 
A light hearted celebration of Christmas with the BTM and there is a motorcycle theme this year with our guest speakers.
 
 
2
NEW YEAR's DAY
 
 
 
Technically it is in January of course but this massive gathering of classic vehicles should be mentioned now - so you can be prepared not to miss it!
 
3
 SANTA ON THE VC10
   
Santa is flying in to Brooklands on the VC10 and waiting to meet the youngsters under 7yrs. He'll be here weekends leading up to Christmas but you must book (see below) because he is a very popular fellow.
 
  
 
Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project
 
  
The last few frames from the Wellington Hangar are due to be removed next week, so this weekend is your last chance to see the remaining parts of the Hangar in its original position on the Finishing Straight.  Each component has been tagged before being transported to Cardiff to be shot-blasted, restored and re-painted.  Meanwhile, contractors Brymor have started to lay the foundations for the Hangar’s new position south of the Flight Shed, ready for its return early in the New Year.
 
The Museum has now taken possession of the ground floor of the Flight Shed as well as the first floor and the racking for the Archive Store has been installed. The Flight Shed displays will not be open until late Summer 2017, along with the Aircraft Factory exhibition in the Wellington Hangar, but two more aircraft, the Sopwith Camel and Demoiselle, are now in the Vimy Pavilion so back on public display. 
 
Valerie Mills
 
 
The last remaining parts of the Hangar framework are being removed now.
 
   Holes dug and to be filled with concrete for the foundations of the hangar in its new position.
 
NOVEMBER REVIEW  
 
MUD, MUD GLORIOUS MUD!
 
Our wish for a little rain was granted, just enough to throughly wet down the MBWorld off road course overnight. This provided plenty of deep muddy puddles for the owners of many of the Military vehicles attending the Museum's last main event of the year to splash about in. As with the Test Hill runs later in the afternoon some drivers were making little waves whilst others were more exuberant spraying massive showers of muddy water into the undergrowth.
 
The vehicles included First World War trucks, motorcycles and many variants of the Jeep, as the 60th anniversary of the Willys Jeep was celebrated by a display in the Paddock.  Several re-enactment groups could be found in and around the Paddock standing guard over the Press Hut or their particular corner of "desert" by the Admin block.
 
There was a strong turn out of motorcycles this year as well as many post WW2 vehicles from more modern conflicts.    
 
 
 
The Army Rally Team were some of the more enthusiastic mud pluggers!
 
WW1 AEC truck
 
Youngsters enjoyed sitting in some of the vehicles
  
BTM ANNUAL DINNER
 
Our President Sir Stirling Moss was unfortunately unable to attend our annual dinner this year at short notice, he sends his sincere apologies and we wish him well on behalf of the BTM.
 
The evening went well and over £700 was raised from an auction of items that included a print of Prince Bira racing at Brooklands and a signed Jordan Team F1 T shirt. We thank all those Members who participated and congratulations to the winners. A raffle on the night raised extra funds for the BTM Scoreboard Project and when added to our fund raising throughout the year we are well on our way to our target of £60,000.
 
Our after dinner speaker was the aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor who described her latest adventures to an enthusiastic audience.  
 
 
 
Tracey Curtis-Taylor was the after dinner speaker
The Napier Room awaiting the guests to arrive
 
Raymond Mays and Prince Bira racing at Brooklands in 1938 - one of the items auctioned
 
 
BTM EVENTS COMING UP
 
BTM XMAS LUNCH
SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER
 
 
 STOP PRESS: The event is now SOLD OUT but please contact Angela if you would like to come as we may have some people who drop out.
 
Join us for our annual festive frolics in the Napier Room. This traditional turkey and tinsel lunch will feature the usual festive (and slightly annoying) buzzing balloons.
 
After lunch we have two guest speakers recalling their motorcycling adventures - Martin Gegg and Zoe Cano.
 
Adults £30  Children under 12 £21
 
Contact ANGELA  
 
  
 
HORRIBLE SCIENCE:
Frightful Flight and Powerful Cars
with
Nick Arnold
Sunday 26th February
 
FAMILY EVENT
 
Nick Arnold is the author of the Horrible Science series of books which bring easy to understand scientific principles to all ages. Along with illustrator Tony de Saulles, the more gruesome side of science is brought out.
 
Nick's books include Disgusting Digestion, Bulging Brains and Vicious Veg just to illustrate a point!
 
So are you in a flap to discover who put a parachute on a puppy? Why scientists fire dead birds from cannon? What happened to the world's first flying sheep? Laugh at some seriously silly flying stunts, find out which scientist was blown up in a balloon, and learn how to build a world-beating plane. Nick's show will be tailored towards a Brooklands audience and will also feature the forces involved in powerful cars with ample experiments and plenty of audience participation.
 
This show will be suitable for children aged 8 and upwards.
 
Adults £8  (£10 non Members)
All children aged 8 to 15yrs £3
Chilcren 7yrs and under go free.
 
You can book ONLINE now
or call 01932 857381 ext 226
 
If you belong to a youth group (cubs/guides etc) and wish to make a group booking then please contact the BTM office on the above number.
 

CLASSIC TALKS 2017

The new season of classic talks has now been announced taking us up to July next year.

There will be further special events and Motoring Legends evenings still to be announced.

CLASSIC TALKS 2017 LISTING
 
Dates for your diary
 
Please book these classic talks via Yvette at talks@brooklandsmembers.co.uk 
 
 
5th January - ERA R4D with James "Mac" Hulbert
 
16th February - Patrick Wood from Surrey Small Satellites Ltd
 
23rd March - The Story of the Hawker Siddeley HS121 Trident Airliner with Neil Lomax
 
20th April - Taking part in 30 years of Motor Sport with Harry Sherrard
 
18th May - The 1990 Benetton B190 F1 Car with John Reaks
 
15th June - The VC10 and Queens flight with Gp Capt Marcus Wills
 
13th July  - The life of Prudence Fawcett by her son Charles Trevelyan
 
14th September - Brooklands and the Great War
 
 
SPECIAL EVENTS 2017
 
We have some news of  some special BTM events due to take place next year. 
 
Capt. BROWN REMEMBERED
 
On the 19th February we have a special event remembering Capt. Eric "Winkle" Brown which will feature Eric's son Glenn, his biographer Paul Beaver and the last journalist to interview him, Emily Horton. We are hoping that current and former Test Pilots will also be joining us on this special day. The event will be free of charge but will be ticket only.  Tickets available from 2nd January online or via the BTM office.
 
THE ISLE OF MAN TT
 
There will be a Motoring Legends evening on the 16th March concentrating on the Isle of Man TT hosted by Steve Parrish and featuring  riders John McGuiness and James Whitham. 
Tickets available from the 2nd January online or via the BTM office
 
HIGHWAYS AGENCY CONTROL ROOM
 
We are planning a viist to the Highways Agency Control Centre at Godstone on the 11th March. This will be a fascinating insight into how the Highways Agency operate the motorways and trunk roads of the south of England. It will be limited to just 20 places so if you are interested please email Angela as soon as possible.
 
FRENCH TRANSPORT MUSEUMS TOUR
 
This car tour takes place over ten days from the 13th to 22nd August. The Tour will visit four Museums including the world famous Schlumpf Collection at Mulhouse. 
A minimum number of cars is needed to be able to organise this ambitious trip which is sure to be a highlight of the BTM 2017 programme so please contact Angela by email or check out the link here for more details - FRENCH TOUR
 
 
 
 
BROOKLANDS REUNION BADGE
 
We still have a few of the limited edition 2016 Brooklands Reunion badges remaining plus a limited number of race cards. Purchase a badge and a race card will be included free until stock runs out. Ideal for an unusual Christmas present.
 
If you would like one to add to your collection then they are available online or from the BTM office on 01932 837581 ext 226. Priced at £7.50 plus £2 p&p
 
BTM REGALIA  FOR CHRISTMAS
 
Special BTM regalia is available through our online supplier JTL Embroidery and you can choose your items, which are only available to Members, by browsing their website at the link below. These BTM Logo clothing items will make ideal Christmas presents.
 
 
 
MUSEUM 2016 CHRISTMAS CARD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Brooklands Christmas Card features the Vimy pulled from the Wellington Hangar by a motley crew of reindeer under the direction of Santa and Bertie the Bear. The card is unique to Brooklands and is drawn by Head of Collections John Pulford. They are available now from the Museum shop in packs of 6 at the price of just £3.
 
You can purchase them by calling at the shop or ordering onlline here:-
 
 
MUSEUM EVENTS
 
SANTA ON THE VC10
Weekends in December
 
 
Come and visit Santa as he jets in to Brooklands on the luxurious VC10. He will be here at weekends leading up to Christmas and you can book your appointment to visit him now. He is very busy so don't delay and contact Donna as soon as you can.
 
Santa will be pleased to meet children under 7 years of age and there will be a small present for each of them. This is booking very quickly and there are only limited places left on each day.
 
Dates:
3rd , 4th, 10th, 11th. 17th, 18th December
 
For availability please contact Donna at  events@brooklandsmuseum.com 
01932 857381 ext 253 or check the Museum website.
 
£5 per child.
 
 
MINI ACES CLUB
Thursday 8th December
 
These sessions for the under 5s explore the Museum through craft, song and dance.  Each month there is a different focus using Museum exhibits.
 
Two 45 minute sessions run from 10.30-11.15 and 11.30-12.15 in the Art Gallery (next to the café)

Each session costs £2.00 per child which is payable on the day but please book in advance, as the sessions are limited to 10 children maximum.
To book email or phone 01932 857381 ext 257

Upcoming Dates:

8th December
 
 
TORCHLIGHT TOURS
Various Dates
 
Pic: Douglas Kurn
 
The Torchlight Tour season is now upon us but there were some incorrect dates published in the last Brooklands Bulletin.
 
The tours will take place on the following dates:-
 
14th December - Christmas Special with dinner - SOLD OUT
 
11th January
15th February
 
To book or for any queries contact Donna at the Museum
01932 857381 ext 253
WRITERS WORKSHOPS
 
After a successful series of introductory writing workshops we're delighted to announce the return of the Creative Words Matter team to Brooklands Museum for a new series of masterclass workshops. Featuring a range of topics, these new workshops will introduce you to, and develop skills in, a variety of aspects of the craft of writing. Suitable for beginners to more experienced writers, these sessions can be booked individually, or take advantage of our special offer of a 10% discount if you book three or more workshops. The new series of workshops will take place from 10.00am to 4.00pm on the dates opposite.
 
For more information on any of the workshops please click the links.
 
Places are strictly limited and there is a special price of £35.00 per workshop for Brooklands Trust Members (normally £45).
 
Book three workshops or more and get a 10% discount! Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch or the Sunbeam café will be open.
 
To book contact the Learning Team on 01932 857 381 ext 248 or email learning@brooklandsmuseum.com
 
 
 NEW YEAR's DAY at BROOKLANDS:
SPECIAL ENTRANCE FOR MEMBERS
 
New Year's Day has grown into a huge Brooklands event, the largest gathering of Classics in the country. Next year we are expecting great numbers once again so we will continue with the special fast-track members entrance we trialled this year.
 
Members arriving in Pre-1987 Classics or with pre-paid and pre-booked car clubs can enter via the Vickers Bridge behind MBWorld. This entrance will be manned by BTM volunteers and Museum staff to ensure you get on site as quickly as possible.
 
For those Members arriving in non-classics parking will be in The Heights car park and the fast-track entrance by the side of the shop will be open. If there is a queue to pay at the entrance then, as a Member,  you are invited to by-pass that and enter via our Gazebo.
 
 
  
CLUB LEVEL
     
 PIANO BAR
 
Chris Bass will be behind the keyboard again for two lunch dates at the beginning of the year. His gentle tinkling on the ivories will accompany for Club Level members and their guests on:-
 
 Friday 20th January
 
Friday 24th February
 
Look out for a full Brooklands All Stars Trad Jazz event in March. No date yet but watch this space and our new website.
 
NEW YEAR's DAY
The Member's Bar will be open and the Bluebird Room will also be available exclusively for Club Level members and their guests. Please bear in mind that it is highly likely to be very busy.
 
The Napier room will also be open for food and a bar, however this will be for all visitors.
 
 
 

CLUB LEVEL PARKING 

Normal parking for Club Level members is in the main Museum car park during the week and on the Museum site via the Campbell Gate at weekends (subject to events taking place - see below). If a large event is taking place then there will be reserved Club Level Parking bays in The Heights car park near the Museum entrance. 
 
DECEMBER - as normal
 
JANUARY
 
1st January - Pre 1988 vehicles and pre-booked & Pre-Paid Clubs only on site. Please use the Vickers Gate Bridge behind MBWorld
Club Level parking in rows near the Museum entrance in The Heights.
Non Club Level members in the Heights general parking
 
 
BTM ADMIN UPDATE
 

 OUTREACH

 LOOKING FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS

Don't forget there is a 10% discount in the Museum shop for Members from the 1st to 23rd December making it an ideal place to get your Brooklands Christmas gifts.

Perhaps you might like to give your own Brooklands enthusiast some special BTM logo clothing - the range is available online for you to purchase at any time and includes polo shirts and fleeces just right for the winter. We are currently looking at some new items ready for the New Year so keep checking back to see what has been added.

We are just reaching the end of our Autumn period for Membership and are expecting numbers to rise from their current 5700 Membership level. You can help add to that by encouraging your friends and family to join up or why not make a gift of membership for Christmas - just give us a call in the Office in the next couple of weeks but remember it is not a good idea to leave it to the last minute as we can't guarantee getting the pack out in time if you do.

The office will only be open sporadically over the Christmas period but we should be back to normal by the 2nd January.

There will be one more email a few days before Christmas and keep an eye on our Facebook Page for this year's Advent Calendar countdown to the big day.

 

Tim & Jeni
 
 
 
 

It was a little chilly in the Paddock on Military Vehicles Day

 The season has ended with a damp day back at home. We were in The Paddock for Military Vehicles Day and managed to commandeer a couple of them to park either side of our stand. It was a cold day but it was good to see several Members at the event and to wish them well for the upcoming festive season.

We are now looking forward to New Year's Day where we will once again be in the Paddock hopefully signing up lots of  new members. New Year's Day and the Emergency Services Day in May are our biggest events for recruitment of new members and we are already looking forward to meeting our dozens of new recruits - whoever they may be. Our team will also be helping out on the Members fast-track entrance on the Vickers Bridge and the foot entrance by the shop.

We are planning for 2017 now and hoping to do more offsite shows during the year. If you are interested in helping out and are good at meeting and greeting the public and would like to help promote the Museum and the BTM then please get in touch with the Outreach Team via the BTM office or have a chat on the stand if you see us at an event.

The Outreach Team
 
.DON'T MISS....
 
 
We welcome Babs back to her home at Brooklands for the Winter period this year. Many of you will know that she spends the Summer in a special home at Pendine Sands in Wales but frequently returns to Brooklands for the Winter.
 
Factfile:-
Babs was originally built by Count Zborowski as the "Higham Special" with a 27 litre V12 Liberty aero engine to power the chain driven rear wheels. Upon Zborowski's death in 1924 the car was purchased by John Parry Thomas and brought to Brooklands where he made many modifications to enable him to take the Land Speed Record in 1926 - 171.02mph. Thomas perished when the car overturned at Pendine Sands in March 1927 and the car was buried in the sand following the inquest. Some 40 years later it was pulled out of the sands by Owen Wynne Owen and completely rebuilt to the condition we see today. The car runs and is regularly demonstrated. She is in the same position in the ERA Shed recently occupied by the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica - appropriate as Zborowski christened the car "Chitty Bang Bang 4" one of the main inspirations for Ian Fleming's famous book.
BABS IS BACK
 
 
 
 
....AND FINALLY
 
Bentley Surrey are holding a Charity Day suporting "Shooting Star Chase" on Saturday 10th December between 10am and 2pm at their showroom in Oyster Lane, Byfleet. They are asking for support from our Members by filling the boot of of the new Bentley Bentayga SUV with gifts. These will then be delivered to the children's hospice in type for Santa. Please bring any gifts already wrapped to the showroom and label them either Boy or Girl. 
 
For further information on how you can help please contact 01932 359600. 
Shooting Star Chase is Registered Charity no. 1042495
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Tim
 
01932 857381 ext 226 Monday to Friday
timmorris@brooklandsmuseum.com
Brooklands Trust Members
 
Newslettter created and written by Tim Morris
All uncredited photos copyright Tim Morris / Brooklands Museum unless otherwise stated.
Credited photos copyright respective photographers.