Rac­ers re­turn to his­toric venue af­ter 78-year ab­sence

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - brook­landsmu­

Brook­lands is re­open­ing its fa­mous Fin­ish­ing Straight for mo­tor­ing ac­tion for the first time in 78 years this week­end.

The Earl of March will have the hon­our of open­ing the iconic sec­tion of the track, to co­in­cide with the same day of the cir­cuit’s 110th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, as part of the pop­u­lar Brook­lands Dou­ble Twelve Mo­tor­sport Fes­ti­val that takes place on June 17-18.

The re-open­ing marks the com­ple­tion of the first stage of the £8.1 mil­lion Her­itage Lot­tery­funded Brook­lands Air­craft Fac­tory and Race Track Re­vival Pro­ject.

The straight has not been seen or used in com­pe­ti­tion since 1939 due to the Bell­man Hangar be­ing built across the track in 1940 to make way for a surge in World War II air­craft pro­duc­tion.

The hangar re­mained in place fol­low­ing the war, ob­scur­ing the straight where rac­ing his­tory was made and mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for vis­i­tors to con­nect the Bank­ing with the Club­house and Pad­dock.

Rare cars con­firmed for the week­end in­clude the 1927 De­lages which took the top three places in the sec­ond Bri­tish Grand Prix, held at Brook­lands 90 years ago this year; the 1911 Fiat S76 known af­fec­tion­ately as The Beast of Turin; the John Parry-Thomas Land Speed Record car ‘Babs’ and the Mu­seum’s own 24 litre multi-World Record holder Napier-Rail­ton Spe­cial.

There will be a con­cours on both days, cul­mi­nat­ing with an awards cer­e­mony on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Driv­ing tests on the re-opened straight will also be avail­able on the Sun­day.

Tick­ets are avail­able from £10 for se­niors, £11 for adults and £6 for chil­dren be­tween 5-16.

The straight hasn’t been used since the 1940s.

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