NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2016
 
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The weather has turned and we are now looking into the jaws of the Winter season. Before we head into the cold we had a BTM record-breaking month with no less than six events during October. Four talk events, one "awayday" and a "weekender". You can read about all of those below including our fantastic Hunt @ 40 event and the evening with the elusive David Richards. We now look forward to our end of year events beginning on the 25th November with the BTM annual dinner in the presdence of our President Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Suzy Moss. That is followed by our light-hearted Festive lunch on the 18th December. Tickets are still available for both but be quick as they are filling up rapidly. 
 
We are planning our programme for next year and the first half of the year classic talks programme has now been announced. We cover a wide range of Brooklands subjects including vintage motoring, aviation featuring the Trident and VC10 and even outer space in the form of the very latest Satellite technology so hopefully there will be something of interest to you.
 
The Museum finishes the year with the Military Vehicles Day on November 20th and the Outreach Team will be making their last appearance of the year as well in the Paddock. We'll all be gearing up then to the mammoth New Year's Day Classic meet - can we beat last year's record I wonder?
 
Now is the time we start to think about Christmas and the Museum has launched its Christmas Card for 2016 - you can buy them in the shop for just £3 for 6 cards. They feature another original cartoon from our own Head of Collections  John Pulford -  the Brooklands reindeer are pulling the Vimy out of the Hangar in the snow. Visit the Museum shop between the 1st and 23rd December and you can enjoy a 10% Members only discount on most items. 
 
We hope that you have all received your books of tickets for our 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. 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 next year.
 
BTM CHOICE THIS MONTH
 
1
BTM ANNUAL DINNER
 
The BTM President Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Moss wil be joining us for our annual black tie dinner! Tracey Curtis-Taylor will be our after dinner speaker and there will be an auction and raffle.
 
 
2
MILITARY VEHICLES DAY
  
 
All kinds of military vehicles will descend on Brooklands and take to the muddy tracks of MBWorld's 4x4 course.
 
3
 TORCHLIGHT TOURS
   
Take a guided tour of Brooklands....in the dark!
These popular tours sell out quickly so book soon.
 
  
 
Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project
 
Work has now started on dismantling the Wellington Hangar.  The brick outbuildings have been removed and the contractors have started to remove the cladding from the eastern and western sides.  This is revealing the structure, which will be carefully dismantled, tagged and sent to South Wales for restoration by specialist contractors, who are due to start on site next week.  It is expected that this process will take a few weeks with the components being brought back early next year for re-erection in the Hangar’s new position south of the Flight Shed.
 
Initial investigations of the footings indicate that they are in remarkably good condition and that the Finishing Straight (at least on the western side) is underneath the floor slab of the Hangar.
 
Meanwhile the ground floor of the Flight Shed has been handed over to the Museum, although snagging is still being completed by the contractors.  The Curatorial Team will be setting up the new Archive Store over the next few weeks, with volunteers continuing to carry out much conservation and restoration work on the aircraft and objects that will form the displays in the new Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed Exhibitions.
 
Valerie Mills
 
The Hangar begins to be dismantled  Pic: John D Fisher ARPS
 
The floor of the Hangar removed revealing the Finishing Straight underneath    
 
OCTOBER REVIEW  
 
AUTUMN MOTORSPORT
 
It was another busy day at the ever popular Autumn Motorsport event. A great display of cars with sporting heritage were on display including John Reaks's 1990 Benetton F1 car (he will be talking about this car in one of our Classic talks next year).
 
There were some demonstration autotests in the Campbell car park and many of the cars were able to take part in demonstration runs on the MBWorld track. Test Hill was also run during the day and the sound of high revving engines and squealing tyres added atmosphere to a very interesting day out. 
 
 
 
Stock car leaning into the bends at MBWorld     Pic:KA
 
Micra does a handbrake turn in one of the autotests   Pic:KA
 
 
Ford Escort has no problem with the Test Hill ascent  Pic:KA
 
 
BROOKLANDS MORGANS
 
If you are a fan of Morgan then there was no better place to be than Brooklands at the beginning of October. The Paddock and surrounds were full of the products of the Malvern factory, ranging from historic racers through to the most modern Aero 8s.
 
Indeed it was truly a  Morgan paradise and it ws particularly pleasing to see at least two of the special Brooklands Limited Edition cars in the Paddock. When customers purchased these cars originally they were given a year's free membership to the BTM and one such member was Zane Jackson, who is pictured below, and we were pleased that he chose the day to renew his Membership for another year.
 
Also present were a selection of Centenary roadsters and the Clive Lones Morgan three-wheeler was brought out of its display area in the Museum and fired up once again. 
 
 
The number plate probably says it all on this Aero 8 Morgan.
 
 
 
 
Member Zane Jackson with his Brooklands Limited Edition Morgan
 
The owners of this Morgan had driven from Wales, as you might have expected given the bonnet decoration.
 
 
LAST BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR
 
It was a foggy beginning to the last Classic Breakfast of the year at Brooklands but that didn't stop hundreds of classic owners from descending on the damp circuit, so much that the early queues to get in stretched out to Brooklands Road. A striking vista was created leading to the Paddock where a row of eleven De Loreans raised their gull wings on the approach to the Clubhouse, including one painted black! 
 
There was such a wide variety of classics spread around the Clubhouse that an attempt to list all the rare, and not so rare types would be fruitless. Nonetheless the trio of three-wheeled Morgans parked next to the Hunter aircraft made a striking image as did the two Jaguars parked by the Shell Pagoda. One of those was of great historic note as being the E-Type once owned by Dennis Jenkinson. A display of over a dozen MGFs was put on by the MGF Register and included the end of their Charity "Hard Top Relay" whilst elsewhere could be found a good selection of Hot Rods and US cars along with the cars your dad owned incuding an increasingly rare Vauxhall Carlton. Another rare car, a Datsun 1600 convertible could be found in the Paddock with an owner very keen to tell you all about it. 
 
Following the full English breakfast (of which over 530 were served!) several of the cars took to Test Hill, unfortunately for the owner of a Triumph Vitesse things didn't go quite as planned as a loud bang preceded its tip over the top and it could be seen being towed back along the Banking.
 
The next Breakfasts will be in February and May 2017 so keep an eye out for those. These are popular events for Members with around 40% of those attending on Sunday already part of the group with more joining on the day.
 
 
 
Eleven De Loreans must be a Brooklands record!
 
This Rolls Royce made an enthusiastic run up the Test Hill
 
 
 
 
Three wheeler Morgans and a Hunter
 
 
Jenks's E-Type Jaguar was popular
 
HUNT @ 40
 
It was an honour to celebrate the achievement of James Hunt in winning the 1976 World F1 Championship in the presence of his son Freddie. Freddie was joined on stage by Touring car driver Tony Dron and journalist and author Maurice Hamilton whose book on Hunt has just been published. The evening itself was hosted by journalist and commenatator Simon Taylor who actually commentated on the Japanese Grand Prix where Hunt clinched his title. 
 
The evening was interspersed with film clips of races and photos from that season as well as James's own personal history. The reminiscences of the guests were joined by several from the audience including James's mechanic at McLaren, Howard Moore, and his former team boss Chris Marshall.
 
Momentos of Hunt's career were on display including the Pit Board names from the 1976 season pictured here.
 
A sold out audience were captivated by nearly two hours of memories of James and his momentous Championship win. The last word was had by Murray Walker in a clip filmed at the RAC Club earlier this year.  Murray sadly couldn't join us on the night and sent his apologies.
 
 
Freddie Hunt signed a miniature version of his Dad's race helmet
 
 
Freddie Hunt, Tony Dron, Simon Taylor, Maurice Hamilton
Pic: Gary Harman
 
 
 
Original pit board signs were just some of the memorabilia on show on the night
 
DAVID RICHARDS CBE DROPS IN
 
The sound of helicopter rotor blades heralded the arrival of David Richards CBE at Brooklands. I think this is the first time that one of our guests has arrived and left by this means but I suspect it may not be the last. David Richards is the chairman of Pro Drive and his life story was fascinating. Our host for the evening was Editor in Chief of Autocar magazine, Steve Cropley, and the conversational tone made for a relaxed and extremely interesting evening. From winning the World Rally Championship himself to organising rallies in the Middle East, running highly successful rally teams for Subaru and BMW with World Champion drivers Colin Mcrae, Petter Solberg and Richard Burns on his roster to becoming CEO of Aston Martin and their successful Le Mans 24 hr winning race team. At one point we learnt that he actually owned the World Rally Championship itself and also "dabbled" in F1 with Benetton and BAR teams including Jenson Button as one of his drivers. Pro Drive today are still active in the world of rally and rallycross with VW and Mini as well as being involved in other ventures including producing body panels for the Mclaren P1 and, oddly enough, work for the NHS. Having retired from motorsport himself at the age of 30 David Richards has just not stopped since!
 
Another full house and an incredible evening brought to an end our series of Motoring Legends events for 2016. We now look forward to the 2017 season which will start with the return of Steve Parrish and the Isle of Man TT races in March.
 
Dave Richards before the event
Dave Richards and Steve Cropley on the BTM stage
 
A rapt audience in the Napier Room
 
I JUST MADE THE TEA
 
This lunchtime event heralded an unusual close for our Classic Talks season and it was a splendid way to finish. Following lunch in the Blue Bird Room over 60 Members listened to Di Spires (or "mum" as she was known to Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and myriads of other top F1 drivers) recall anecdotes from over 30 years running hospitality units for top F1 teams.
 
Her insights in to the top personalities surrounding the track were humorous and on occasions a little risqué. She was highly thought of by the drivers and teams as they could come to the hospitality in their downtime and enjoy good food and company in some privacy.
 
Di also realled some of the celebrities from other fields that she met including George Harrison, Anthony Quinn, Princess Anne and Rowan Atkinson who was dumbstruck at meeting his hero, Michael Shucmacher, on Di's bus just as Michael himself was dumbstruck at meeting his own hero Mr Bean!
 
Look out for details of next year's Classic Talks below.
 
 
 
Di Spires telling one of many anecdotes
THE DONALD CAMPBELL STORY
 
Phil Holt joined us again following his last visit in 2015 when he spoke about Apollo 13. This time, however, he was down to earth, or rather water, recalling the life and times of Donald Campbell.
 
With film footage and photographs he drew a vivid picture of Donald and in particular his Water Speed records leading to the tragedy that claimed his life on Lake Coniston.
 
Despite nearly losing his voice Phil spoke for 90 minutes and took questions from the audience. Some Members had brought along Campbell memorabilia including one of his helmets that he wore for his record attempts and a very rare K7 kit bag that were given to the crew on his final record attempt.
 
We look forward to see which subject Phil will talk about next for I am sure he will be back with us soon.
 
 
 
 
Phil Holt was an experienced raconteur
A Member's MX5 on the Welsh lanes
Pic: Llanerchindda Farmhouse
LLANERCHINDDA
 
The BTM headed for the hills of the Brecon Beacons for a return visit to our favourite Welsh destination - the Llanerchindda Farmhouse. 
 
The group went on two scenic runs across the Epyntt Ranges and the mountain roads of the Brecons. They called in to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the Pendryn Distillery during the weekend.
 
I'm sure there will be another  repeat visit to this most hospitable of places.
 
The BTM group at the Farmhouse
Pic: Llanerchindda Farmhouse
Members in the Cotswolds Motoring Museum
Pic: Nigel Brecknell  
MUSEUMS and HERITAGE
 
The second BTM trip was a little different, a coach tour to the Midlands. The first stop was the British Motor Heritage Ltd premises at Witney to see body shells and panels being built for MGs and Triumphs to help keep these cars on the road.
 
Then it was on to the Cotswolds and the Motoring Museum at the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water. A fascinating collection in a ramshackle selection of motoring sheds. I'm sure we will be visiting here again as well!
Welding an MGB GT bodyshell at BMH
Pic: Nigel Brecknell
 
BTM EVENTS COMING UP
 
BTM ANNUAL DINNER
FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER
 
 
 
Our annual black tie dinner takes place in the Napier Room and will be in the presence of our President Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Suzy Moss. 
 
The three course dinner will be followed by our after dinner speaker - the Aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor.
 
The price is £65 per person to include a three course dinner and the dress code is black tie or white racing overalls.
 
We'll also be holding a special auction to raise funds for Brooklands Museum.
 
 
 
BTM XMAS LUNCH
SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER
 
 
 
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
 
 

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Two special events have already been announced and tickets will bavailable for both from the 2nd January.

The first is on the 19th February when 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. 

The second event will be a Motoring Legends evening on the 16th March concentrating on the Isle of Man TT hosted by Steve Parrish and featuring John McGuiness and James Whitham. 

Both of the above will be ticket only events and you can book those through our online shop or via the BTM office using a debit/credit card from the 2nd January.

 

 
 
CLASSIC TALKS 2017 LISTING
 
Please book via Yvette at talks@brooklandsmembers.co.uk 
 
 
5th January - ERA R4D with James "Mac" Hulbert
 
16th Feburary - 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
 
 
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 unusal 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
 
MILITARY VEHICLES DAY
Sunday  20th  November
 
 
 
The final main Museum event of the year features a battalion of military vehicles. We expect all types to attend including Jeeps, armoured vehicles and motorbikes. The owners just love splashing through the mud at the MBWorld 4x4 track and I suspect that Sir Winston Churchill may well be joining them again.
 
The vehicles will be on display at the Museum and there will be special buses to take visitors to the MBWorld track.
 
There will also be military re-enactors around the site bringing to life periods of military history. 
 
 
 
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.
 
Dates:
3rd , 4th, 10th, 11th. 17th, 18th December
 
Contact events@brooklandsmuseum.com 
01932 857381 ext 253.
 
£5 per child.
 
 
MINI ACES CLUB
Thursday 10th November
 
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:

10th November
8th December
 
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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:-
 
15th November
14th December - Christmas Special with dinner
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
 
 
CLUB LEVEL
     
CLUB LEVEL PARKING for
NOVEMBER
 
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. 

 
20th November Military Vehicles Day - The Heights
 
 
BTM ADMIN UPDATE
 

 OUTREACH

 BACK TO NORMAL - ALMOST

As far as Membership renewals and applications are concerned we are now back to normal after our computer problems earlier this year. Membership is steady but there is usually quite a big churn rate at the end of the Summer holidays as Members who joined during the break move on to other things. This means we tend to stay fairly level until the Chirstmas period when we hope to see a rise again. Currently we have around 5,700 Memberships with about 10,000 cardholders -an excellent figure for a Museum of our size so a big thank you to you all for supporting  Brooklands Museum by being Members.

The Winter Draw is under way and the tickets are flooding back in. Maggie is busy counting them all up and entering them on our Draw database, tearing the stubs and sprinkling them in the Draw box giving an even distribution to give as many chances as possible for you to win our £500 top prize. If you havn't returned yours yet or would like to make a separate donation then there is still plenty of time as the draw will not take place until December 18th at the Xmas Lunch.

Behind the scenes we are working on a new website which will transform the look of the Museum's current site and consist of three sections - the Museum, BTM and Concorde. We hope to go live with this on the 21st November, so do have a look later in the month.

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.

Tim & Jeni
 
 
 
 

A busy stand after the rain at Mizens Octoberfest  Pic: Roddy Garnett

 We are nearly at the end of our 2016 season with just one more event to go - Military Vehicles Day on November 20th. We will be in the Paddock as usual so please do pop over and say hello.

Last month we were at Autumn Motorsport Day which was a fun day with lots of noise from the high revving sports engines. We were also at our last offsite event of the year - the Mizens Railway October Fest. It was looking like a washout with some heavy rain in the morning but luckily the event didn't start until midday by which time there was only a light drizzle and it cleared up later. However that did mean it was wet underfoot and underwheel as we found out when the BTM Outreach van got a little bit stuck in the mud and had to have a helping hand to be pulled out!. Nonetheless we had thirteen members bring their cars along to show and most of the Outreach Team were there for the send off to 2016.

We are already planning for 2017 and intend 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 lend a hand to promote the Museum and the BTM then please get in touch with Rolie via the BTM office.

The Outreach Team
 
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER COMPETITION
THE WINNERS
 
Over the course of the Summer Holidays the Museum held a Young Photographer competition. There were three categories for entrants to compete in and you can see the winning photographs n each age group here.
 
Congratulations to Teresa, who was from the 8-12yrs group, and won the overall competition. She wins a year's Family Membership for her family.
 
Congratulations to Teresa - the overall winner
Winner 8-12 category - Cassie
 
Winner 3-7 category  - Luke
SECRET SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTO COMPETITION
 
Each year we browse photos posted on or linked to the BTM social media sites and decide on a favourite to win our secret Photo competition. If you havn't posted your best Brooklands picture then there is still a chance as we won't make a decision until December - but don't tell anyone, it's a secret.
 
 
Winner 13-16  - Ashley
 
 
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Tim
 
01932 857381 ext 226 Monday to Friday
timmorris@brooklandsmuseum.com
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