Lap­ping up the half-term fun at Brook­lands

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BORED dur­ing half-term?

Not the bright young things who raced down to Brook­lands at Wey­bridge to take on the steep­est part of the orig­i­nal race track.

There was a rare op­por­tu­nity to ride up the test hill and mem­bers’ bank­ing each day dur­ing half-term week.

And that was not the only ac­tiv­ity on of­fer.

Paul Ste­wart, from the mu­seum, said: “For some­thing more dar­ing there was the chance to race around the Brook­lands track, fly with the Red Ar­rows or drive with leg­end Mike Hawthorn in his Jaguar at Le Mans in 1956.

“All of this took place in the 4D Theatre which of­fered th­ese three dy­namic rides.

“Once seated and strapped in, the multi-sen­sory tech­nol­ogy pro­vides a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence to make vis­i­tors feel as if they are tak­ing part in the real life ac­tion.”

The Con­corde Ex­pe­ri­ence was also open.

“Be­gin­ning with a short talk, a guide takes vis­i­tors through a fas­ci­nat­ing be­hind-the-scenes tour of the air­craft be­fore they are shown to their seats for ‘take off,’” said Mr Ste­wart.

And if you were look­ing for free, hands-on fam­ily fun, the pro­pel­ler work­shop fit­ted the bill.

“Which pro­pel­ler shape works best? Which spins the fastest? You could try your own ex­per­i­ments and pro­duce pro­pel­ler mod­els to take home,” Mr Ste­wart said.

Then there was the mu­seum’s larger-than-life mas­cot, Ber­tie Bear, roam­ing the site look­ing for fans to have his pho­to­graph taken with.

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