“Brook­lands Bill”

Classic Driver - - EOIN YOUNG’S DIARY -

Vet­eran Mo­tor Sport ed­i­tor, Bill Boddy’s in­cred­i­ble per­sonal ar­chive, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal Brook­lands BARC minute books, stew­ards’ notes, record cer­tifi­cate and en­try forms, was of­fered at auc­tion dur­ing the year and Allan Winn, the Ki­wi­born Brook­lands Mu­seum di­rec­tor, was re­lieved to be able to buy most of the vi­tal track doc­u­ments with the aid of out­side fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions.

There were 657 items listed in the bulky cat­a­logue but the item that fas­ci­nated me most (prob­a­bly the only thing I might have been able to af­ford!) was a mounted block of the orig­i­nal Brook­lands bank­ing… and even the old brick made £320!

I dis­cov­ered later that Allan has been mer­chan­dis­ing the fa­mous Brook­lands bank­ing, never raced on since 1939 and never to be used again, to fi­nance the mu­seum and main­tain the Track as an en­thu­si­ast at­trac­tion.

In­ter­viewed in Rewind magazine, Allan says “The cheap­est square yard of the old track is £95 and the most ex­pen­sive is £150. You get a cer­tifi­cate and if you log onto our Bank­ing on Brook­lands web­site, you can ac­tu­ally see all the squares that are va­cant and you can choose one. We’ve named the strips af­ter var­i­ous driv­ers – Prince Bira for ex­am­ple. There are var­i­ous driv­ers rep­re­sented all round, so you can choose an ex­pen­sive square or a cheap one.”

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