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RE-OPENING OF THE FINISHING STRAIGHT AND DOUBLE TWELVE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL


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The opening parade underway in front of large crowds (Katharine Allen).


Re-opening the Finishing Straight


March cut the ribbon in familiar BARC black and gold to officially re-open the recently restored Finishing Straight. That cut was the starting signal for a glorious two hours of demonstration runs by some 130 original Brooklands cars and motorcycles (and even a Brooklands racing bicycle), all preceded by a dozen veteran cars re-enacting the original opening parade of the Track, 110 years ago to the day. The Saturday was of course the first day of the Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival organised in association with the Vintage Sports-Car Club, whose overall winner this year was Robin Gale driving a 1936 Riley special. The re-enactment of the opening parade was led by David Ayre’s 40hp Itala – the same model as was used by Ethel Locke King to lead the original parade 110 years previously. To add a further nostalgic twist, the scissors used by Lord March to cut the 2017 ribbon were the same pair used by Dame Ethel to open the Campbell Circuit at Brooklands 80 years ago, in April 1937. After this, an eye-watering line-up of cars and motor- cycles, all with original Brooklands pedigree and many of them rarely seen, proceeded to do demonstration laps on the Straight, giving the large crowd their first taste of how a typical day at Brooklands would have been enjoyed before it closed to the public in September 1939. Cars


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he sun blazed down on Brooklands at 1.00pm on Saturday 17th June as the Earl of


eager to blast up the Track in a two-hour spectac- ular included Lorne Jacobs’ recreation of the 1927 Napier-Campbell ‘Bluebird’ land-speed-record breaker and the Marker Bentley from Stanley Mann Racing. Other four-wheeled celebrities included one of the 1927 Delages which took the top three places in the second British Grand Prix, held at Brooklands 90 years ago this year (accompanied by Peter Mullin’s later ERA-engined


Lord March re-opened the Finishing Straight, here with (left) Allan Winn and (right) Sir Gerald Acher (Katharine Allen).


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