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.”