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Brooklands to be restored to its former glory

Brooklands in Surrey, the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, has been awarded £4.68million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore it to its former glory.

The cash will pay for a facelift to its aircraft factory, its banked race track and will fund an annexe to house more of the museum’s historic aircraft, including Wellington bombers, Sopwiths and Hurricanes.

Brooklands, the brainchild of Hugh F. Locke King, was a 2.75-mile (4.43 km) motor racing circuit and aerodrome built near Weybridge. It opened in 1907 and as well as being a race circuit was one of Britain’s first airfields. It grew to become Britain’s largest aircraft manufacturing centre by 1918.

The circuit hosted its last race in 1939 and today part of it forms the Brooklands Museum, a major aviation and motoring museum, as well as a venue for vintage car, motorcycle and other transport-related events.

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