Finding your way around Brooklands

Things sure have changed on Walton’s Mountain… and they’re pretty different in the Weybridge area, too. Indeed, while the brilliant Brooklands Museum preserves the paddock and racers’ village as close to period perfection as it can, it’s probably quite hard to picture how and where the rest of the circuit fits amid the modern urban sprawl.

Brooklands in its heyday, looking from the Members' Banking over what is now the Museum towards Byfleet

Brooklands in its heyday, looking from the Members’ Banking over what is now the Museum towards Byfleet

It’s all there, of course. It’s just that while you see the Byfleet Banking curve gracefully around Tesco’s and you stumble across the old airfield control tower in Mothercare’s car park, it’s quite hard to see what is where. Fortunately help is at hand with these brilliant online maps of the various circuit layouts overlaid on Google Earth. Just imagine the above picture turned clockwise by 90 degrees and bob’s your uncle…

Here is the Outer Circuit:

This was the shorter oval, used for the Grands Prix of 1926-27

This is the Campbell Circuit, the ‘road course’ which has given Mercedes-Benz World much of its shape:

And this is the short ‘Mountain Course’

Around this lot James May became the last person to make a functioning (ahem!) track, back in 2009 with the assistance of Scalextric. The good news is that, after its starring role in the 2012 London Olympic cycling, the Lottery Heritage Fund has opened the door to a multi-million pound upgrade to ensure that the Museum can go from strength to strength… hopefully without giving up any more of the place to German automobile manufacturers!

Modern pictures all via http://www.aerialf1.com

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