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Brooklands Cavalcade Rides Again


For motoring enthusiasts, the high spot of the Summer will be the Brooklands Centenary Festival taking place in June.

Brooklands is where British sports motoring began.  Built by Hugh Locke King, it opened in 1907 and was the world’s first purpose-built circuit. It went on to become hugely popular, drawing large crowds, not scarisbrickcar.jpgjust for car racing but also for motor cycle racing and air displays, and saw many speed records established.

In its early days, procedures were modelled upon those established for horse racing - cars assembled in the 'paddock' were 'shod' with tyres, weighed by the 'Clerk of the Scales' for handicapping and drivers were even instructed to lagondacar.jpgidentify themselves by wearing coloured silks in the manner of jockeys. All the famous aces of the day appeared here, including Sir Malcolm Campbell, and the principles which still govern motor racing today were established on this track.

Car and aircraft factories became sited alongside it and when the track closed for the final time at the outbreak of World War ll in 1939, it was in these factories that many of the Hurricane and Wellington aircraft flown in the war were made.  Production continued after the war with a line of civil aircraft, culminating in Concorde – more built morgancar.jpghere than anywhere else.

Since it opened in 1991, the Brooklands Museum has attracted motoring buffs from all over the world, and the splendid old models housed here as well as modern developments will be on show at the Festival.  There will be a re-enactment of the Grand Opening Cavalcade that was a feature of the old track meetings, showing off some of these great cars, as well as the opportunity for owners of other old models to take pritchardcar.jpgpart, and a range of other entertainments.

Find full details of the programme over the 2-day event (June 16-17), with a Charity Ball on the 15th evening,  and order tickets on www.brooklandsfestival.co.uk

Cars from top: The Mercedes-Benz owned and raced by Sir Malcolm Campbell from between 1929-1932. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, it is a 7-litre, six-cylinder model, fitted with a very noisy supercharger, engaged by pushing hard on the accelerator pedal. Next, the wonderfully eccentric looking Scarisbrick Northrab, another Mercedes engined Benz; a fabulous Lagonda EPE, the fastest sports car ever round the outer circle of Brooklands; the Clive Lones Morgan, the first car to lap Brooklands at over 100mph; and immediately above, the Pritchard de Deon, for the veteran cavalcade.

Try a Trike Bike for the Environment

trikebike.jpg THE ARMY of cyclists continues to grow, driven not only by pedal power but ecological and economical promptings. And ultra-environmentally friendly is this Powascooter Trike from Powabyke.

Run on rechargeable batteries, with a range of up to 25 miles, and top speed of 28mph, its 3-wheels may help give a sense of greater stability and robustness in traffic. Smooth running, free of tax and the congestion charge, it may be recharged at a cost of 8p. A snip at £2,950. See www.powabyke.com for this and other models.


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ALWAYS coming up with new ideas to add to their services, top rental name Hertz are now offering what they describe as a Fun Collection of cars for hire.

beetlecar.jpgAlready a great success in the US and Europe, this collection includes such perky little models as the VW Beetle Cabriolet (pictured here), the Mini Cooper S and the Alfa Brera. Others are to be added, including the Mercedes SLK Convertible, and will be available from key airports and city centres.

Also new, Hertz are starting to offer motorbikes, kicking off in Spain, where they are expected to appeal to tourists. Clothing and biker gear may also be hired.

A minimum age limit of 28 is required for the 650cc and 800cc models, and 30 years on the 1200cc models, as well as category “A” driving license that is at least three years old. Prices start from 118 Euros or £80 per day.

Check out the www.hertz.com site for all details.


FORMULA 1 fans can jump the taxi queue and transfer direct to the heart of Monte Carlo for this year's Monaco Grand Prix

Resorthoppa is providing a helicopter transfer from Nice airport to the heart of Monaco that costs just £98 one way, £158 return. The 'copter will carry up to 5 passengers.

Resorthoppa will also be providing a car service between Nice and Cannes for the final 2 days of the Grand Prix, which is over May 24-27. See www.resorthoppa.com