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from the RAF Museum Hendon, Surrey Historical Society and our own Museum Curators for an afternoon’s reflection, including WWI poetry readings and some music of the time. We would like your involvement too in the form of any photographs or memorabilia of family or friends and any connection with Brooklands and Weybridge during 1918. You can send any details directly to me via steveclarke@brooklandsmu- seum.co.uk or call me on 07860 355525 and have a chat.


Booking details Just to remind you how easy it is to book tickets


HISTORICS AT BROOKLANDS H


istorics at Brooklands will present its May auction on Saturday 19th May at the


Museum. The consignments to date include a 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS QV (V12 4.8-litre) – estimate £48,000-£54,000, a 1973 Aston Martin


veterans to devil-may-care motorcyclists and from London’s Crossrail transport project to the story of 9/11, but we have never had a live ‘performance’, until now. In March Jenny Lockyer entertained approximately 100 Brooklands Trust Members with her one-woman show ‘Last Flight Out’, which tells the story of Amy Johnson and her historic 1930 solo flight to Australia. ‘Last Flight Out’ tells Amy’s story through the


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voices of various characters, not least of which is ‘Jason’ her De Havilland Gypsy Moth who speaks with a broad northern accent and has some of the wittiest lines and shrewdest observations. He says of Amy’s first flying lesson, “She was… terrible!” But plane and aviator were to form a friendly bond, “What a time we had, she talked to me all the way” (to Australia). In writing the play, Jenny had the benefit of


reading Amy Johnson’s letters and much of the dialogue comes from interpreting the thoughts expressed in those letters. Thus we have Amy reflecting on Amelia Earhart’s fatal accident and her own mortality: “Will I die today? Will this be it? Is this the last meal I will have? Heaven knows I’ve done my bit to stack the odds against me but I wouldn’t have it any other way.” She ponders a final letter to her mother saying, “I prefer this end


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for all these forthcoming events. For Classic Talks e-mail


talks@brooklandsmembers.co.uk or


telephone 07880 670359. For the Motor Sport Legends series go to brooklandsmuseum.com /members and follow the links for on-line sales or call Tim Morris or Jeni Larwood in the BTM Of- fice on 01932 857381 extension 226 (Monday- Friday 10am-5pm). To check out the food menu for each talk


please call 07857 874456 (recorded announce- ment), available four days before the event. Thank you all for your continued support. Steve Clarke


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V8 Series III – estimate £75,000-£85,000 and, rather quirkier, a 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood ‘Ghostbusters’ hearse – with no reserve. Anyone requiring further details should contact Historics on 01753 639170.


Robert Hall BTM TALK –AMY JOHNSON


e have had a wide variety of talks at Brooklands in recent years; from war


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Jenny Lockyer in her one-woman show (Gareth Tarr).


to the ‘flu or senile decay.” The play also raises some of the chauvinistic attitudes Amy had to overcome to get to the point


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