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THEJOURNALFORBROOKLANDS TRUST MEMBERSREUNION LT COL HENDERSON NEW MUSEUM CEO BTM TALKSN O V E M B E R – D E C E M B E R 2 0 17THE ENTERTAINMENT GOES ONWe might have come to the end of the summer, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit Brooklands. If you haven’t seen it already you must come and view the recreated Scoreboard – funded by yourselves, the Brooklands Trust Members, under the leadership of ace money-raiser Robert Hall. Over the next few months the ‘Aircraft Factory’ will be opening and the BTM Talks programme will continue to provide informative and enthralling entertainment. And details of the BTM’s two big social events are in this Bulletin, the Annual Dinner and Christmas Lunch, make sure you book your tickets before they are all sold. Changes of address and Bulletin distribution queriesContentsIf you have moved or have another enquiry about Bulletin distribution please contact the BTM Office on 01932 857381 extension 226 or e-mail members@brooklandsmuseum.co.ukForthcoming events ................................................4 Contacts ..................................................................5News Brooklands Reunion ..................................................7 BTM Talk – Albert Ball ............................................11 Suspicious aliens ......................................................12 BTM road run to France ..........................................15 American Day ..........................................................17 BTM Talks news ......................................................19 SpeedSkills invitation ..............................................20 Annual Dinner ........................................................20 Appointment of Tamalie Newbery ..........................22 More new faces ........................................................22 Christmas Lunch ....................................................23 Shere Hill Climb ......................................................24 A view from the Clubhouse ....................................27 Supercar Sunday ......................................................28 Brooklands record breaker at Hampton Court ........31 Merryweather on guard ..........................................33EditorsAdvertisingDiana Willows (News) 01737 845270 brooklandsbulletin@gmail.com Chris Bass (Features) 2 Riverside Close Brookwood Surrey GU24 0AP 01483 481836 chris@chrisbass.co.ukWhestons Publishing Heathfield Maddox Lane Little Bookham Surrey KT23 3BT 01372 453183 robert@whestons.co.ukBecome a memberBrooklands Trust Members is the official support organisation for the Brooklands Museum and is dedicated to raising funds for the preservation of the historic Brooklands site. Members receive the Bulletin six times a year and enjoy free admission to the Museum except when major events are taking place, in which case additional charges might apply. Club level members have access to the Clubhouse bar on Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunchtimes. For full details of membership benefits contact the BTM Administrator, Tim Morris, on 01932 857381 extension 226 or visit www.brooklandsmembers.co.uk where you can also find the latest news on Brooklands.Feature Lt Col George Lockhart Piercey Henderson ..........34 Model review – 1935 Lagonda Rapide ..................46News Brooklands cars in California ..................................48 Wings & Wheels ....................................................49 Historics' late summer sale ......................................49 Not So Secret Photo Competition ............................50The Brooklands Bulletin (incorporating The Spirit) is published on behalf of Brooklands Trust Members, supporters of the Brooklands Museum Trust, by Whestons Publishing, printed by Andover Printing Company, Andover, Hants SP10 5NY (01264 334220) and designed by The Graphic Agenda, Crediton, Devon EX17 2ET (01363 772695).Chairman’s message..................................................51 Members’ matters ....................................................52 Letters ......................................................................55Updates Museum Collections ............................................56 Estates and Heritage ..............................................57 Aircraft Factory and Track Revival ........................60 Car Rides ..............................................................63 Outreach ..............................................................63 Filming and photography ....................................64 Learning ..............................................................65The statements and opinions expressed in the Bulletin are not necessarily those of the Brooklands Trust Members’ Committee or the Brooklands Trust or Brooklands Museum. Whilst every effort has been made by the Publishers to include correct information, they are unable to accept responsibility for errors or omissions. The Publishers and Brooklands Trust Members cannot accept responsibility in the event of misinformation or lack of source relating to images supplied by a third party by electronic or other means.Front cover photo: The Scoreboard – by Tim Morris.3FORTHCOMING EVENTS Dates and details are subject to change, so please check the Museum website at www.brooklandsmuseum.com, e-mail events@brooklandsmuseum.com or telephone 01932 857381 (or other contact details given) for up to date information. BTM events are shown in bold. Angela Hume, Tim Morris, Jeni Larwood and Steve Clarke will be very happy to give you further information on these, but are unable to help with the other entries in the list.Regular social events held at the Museum The Members Bar is normally open to Club level members every Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunchtimes from 12 noon to 3.00pm (last food orders 2.00pm). Additional openings are made when the Museum is running major events on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays. It is possible to check availability for these by calling the catering sales team on 01932 858005. All Brooklands Trust Members are welcome at the ‘Motoring Natter Evening’ on each second Tuesday of the month in the Bar at 7.00pm (further details from Danny Byrne on 01932 829814). The Museum is open every day from 10.00am to 4.00pm from November to February and 10.00am to 5.00pm March to October. concorde@brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 237. 10th BTM Christmas Lunch. Bar open at midday. Lunch served at 1.00pm. Speaker Jim Munro, Storyteller. (See ad in this issue). angelahume@brooklandsmembers .co.uk 13th Torchlight Tour and two-course meal, mulled wine and mince pies. Pre-booking via Donna Hopton ext 253 or e-mail events@brooklandsmuseum.com. Unsuitable for children under 12 years or people with mobility problems. 14th BTM Talk. Ian Glover, President of the 1K Club and Ron Ayres, Chief of Aerodynamics for the Bloodhound SSC Project. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. 23rd-26thMuseum closed for Christmas.NOVEMBER 2nd3rd5th 8th 15th16th17th 19th 25th 26th26th 27th 28th 29thBTM Talk. Paul Smiddy discusses his new book on the Hon Mrs Victor Bruce, Brooklands racer and pioneering aviatrix. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. BTM Dinner. Speaker Steve Parrish. Dress black-tie or white overalls. See ad in this issue. angelahume@brooklandsmembers .co.uk Source Luxury Cars event. Paddock displays of super-cars and sports cars. BTM Goodwood Track Day. Details from Angela Hume (angelahume@brooklands members.co.uk). Torchlight Tour with soup and a roll. Pre-booking via Donna Hopton ext 253 or e-mail events@brooklandsmuseum.com. Unsuitable for children under 12 years or people with mobility problems. BTM Talk. ‘Silver City Airways – The First 70 Years’ with Paul Ross, Chairman of the Silver City Association. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. Piano music in the Members’ Bar at lunchtime. Military Vehicles Day. Action on the MercedesBenz World 4x4 Course, re-enactors. Parking in The Heights*. Concorde Champagne Day. Details from flyconcorde@brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 237. BTM visit to Highways England, formerly the Highways Agency. Details from Angela Hume (angelahume@brooklandsmembers .co.uk). (Waiting list). BTM Sunday lunchtime talk with artist John Whurr. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’. VSCC Film Night. Tickets from Ann Watson 01932 857381 ext 243 or annwaston@brooklandsmuseum.com VSCC Winter Driving Tests. De Dion Motor Tricycle Races. Further information from www.dedionboutonclub.co.ukJANUARY 2018 1st7th 17th18th27th 28th 31stDECEMBERNew Year’s Day Classic Gathering. Pre-1988 vehicles parking on the Museum Site. Modern sports and super-car paddock in The Heights. Car clubs – pre-booked and pre-paid only (bookings: events@brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 253). Parking in The Heights*. Source Luxury Car Event. Paddock displays of super-cars and sports cars. Torchlight Tour with soup and a roll. Prebooking via Donna Hopton ext 253 or e-mail events@brooklandsmuseum.com. Unsuitable for children under 12 years or people with mobility problems. BTM Talk. Transport for London discusses Crossrail, Europe’s biggest engineering project. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. VSCC Film Night. Tickets from Ann Watson 01932 857381 ext 243 or annwaston@brooklandsmuseum.com VSCC Winter Driving Tests. Parking in The Heights*. BTM coach visit to the Postal Museum. (Waiting list). angelahume@brooklands members .co.ukFEBRUARY2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th Visit Santa on the VC10. Children under eight years old. Prebooking only. Details from events@brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 253. 9th Concorde Champagne Day. Details from fly-412th-16th School half-term activities including Car Rides. 12th & 22nd BTM Coach visit to the Postal Museum (Waiting list). angelahume@brooklands members.co.ukFORTHCOMING EVENTS 14th15th 18thValentines Torchlight Tour and two-course meal. Pre-booking via Donna Hopton ext 253 or e-mail events@brooklandsmuseum.com. Unsuitable for children under 12 years or people with mobility problems. BTM Talk. Harry Sherrard presents the history of the Goodwood Estate. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. Winter Classic Breakfast. Gates open 7.45am. Breakfast served from 8.00am until 9.30am. Test Hill ascents (am).29th-15th April Half-term family activities including Car Rides (weekdays only and excluding Bank Holidays).APRIL 7th8th 12thMARCH 1st3rd 3rd 4th 11th 15th25thBTM evening to mark the retirement of Museum Director Allan Winn. Hosted by Steve Clarke and Steve Cropley. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. Historics Auction. www.historics.co.uk Parking in The Heights*. Concorde Champagne Day. Details from fly concorde@brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 237. British Car Day incorporating Austin Morris Day. Test Hill in action and displays. Parking in The Heights*. Mach 2 for Tea. Details from flyconcorde@ brook landsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 237. BTM Talk. Motor sport competitor and National Hunt jockey Gillian Goldsmith on Hersham and Walton Motors. Documentary with Q&A session. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. Mini Day. Test Hill in action, clubs and trade village. Parking in The Heights*.14th15th 21st 22nd 29thConcorde Champagne Day. Details from fly concorde@brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 237. MG Era.Test Hill in action.Parking inThe Heights*. BTM Talk. Fraser Corsan, World Record holder for Fastest Speed Flown in a Wingsuit, will share his experiences of travelling at over 249mph. See ‘BTM Talks’ in ‘News’ for booking information. BTM Speedskills Day. Former police advanced driving instructors will enhance your skills. See article in ‘News’. angelahume@brookland smembers.co.uk (Full unless cancellations). London Bus Museum Spring Gathering. Park ing in The Heights*. BTM Speedskills Day. angelahume@brooklandsmembers.co.uk (See 14th above). Source Luxury Cars event. Paddock displays of super-cars and sport scars. Velocettes Motorcycle Day. Test Hill in action.*Parking arrangementsPlease note that for all events marked ‘Parking in The Heights*’ designated vehicles only can enter via the Campbell Gate. All other members including Club level and visitors please park in The Heights or main public car park unless otherwise specified.Parking arrangements for other weekend events are:• Club level members – entry via Campbell Gate and parking outside the Paddock (period/ classic vehicles only inside the Paddock by invitation. Please abide by staff directions) • All other members and visitors – entry via main public entrance off Brooklands Drive.CONTACTS Brooklands Trust MembersBrooklands MuseumMembers’ Administrators (all membership levels) Tim Morris and Jeni Larwood Postal address as for the Museum 01932 857381 ext 226 Monday to Friday members@brooklandsmuseum.com Chairman Neil Bailey 07970 206778 chairman@brooklandsmembers.co.uk Secretary Kevin Lee 01932 562246 kevin@abbeywalls.com Tours and Trips Angela Hume 07884 184882 angelahume@brooklandsmembers.co.uk Outreach David Norfolk 01372 373929 david@davidnorfolk.wanadoo.co.uk Talks Steve Clarke 07860 355525 steveclarke@brooklandsmembers.co.uk www.brooklandsmembers.co.ukBrooklands Road Weybridge Surrey KT13 0QN 01932 857381 Fax 01932 855465 www.brooklandsmuseum.com Director and CEO Allan Winn ext 243 Development Director David Nagle ext 238 Volunteer Resources Manager Sue Lewin ext 242 Estates and Heritage Manager Julian Temple ext 240 Head of Learning and Visitor Services Virginia Smith ext 248Charity number 296661. Please quote this if making donations or requesting them via a funeral director.5Head of Collections and Interpretation John Pulford ext 247 Commercial Director Valerie Mills ext 255 Events Manager Donna Hopton ext 253 events@brooklandsmuseum.com Head of Track & Air Events Steve Castle ext 244 Concorde Operations Manager Jenny Tye ext 237 flyconcorde@brooklandsmuseum.com Hospitality Sales Manager Adrian Stedman ext 251 hospitality@brooklandsmuseum.com Marketing and PR Manager Paul Stewart ext 249 Except where otherwise noted, Museum e-mail addresses have the format forenamesurname@brooklandsmuseum.comCHRISTMAS CARDS Buy your charity cards from Brooklands Museum this year!“Learning Curves” Apprentice reindeers design and build a Delage-Santa-sleigh specialCards are in full colour and measure 7”x 5”. The greeting inside is ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’ Packs of 6 cost £3.00* and are available from the Museum Shop, online via www.brooklandsmuseum.com or by telephoning 01932 857381 ext 268 between 9am and 5.30pm. Registered Charity No. 296661 *Postage and Packing charges apply to online and telephone ordersBROOKLANDS REUNION – 13TH AUGUSTNewsSunny weather and a spectacular gathering of first-class machinery formed a fitting backdrop to the110th anniversary Reunion meeting on Sunday 13th August. The main focus of the day was the official unveiling of an exact working replica of the giant, 12 metres (39 feet) tall Scoreboard, which dominated the pre-war Paddock skyline and features in hundreds of period photographs and film. The timetable had been adjusted to accommodate the ceremony which meant the action started almost as soon as the gates opened with Test Hill ascents. At 11.45am spectators gathered in the Outer Paddock gazing up at the bright, white structure as the officials mounted the stairs. At 12 noon Sir Gerald Acher, Chairman of the Brooklands Museum Trust, began proceedings from the platform of the Scoreboard, followed by Nick Duckworth from Aston Martin and Museum Director and CEO, Allan Winn. With the original Scoreboard having been demolished after the Second World War and no plans available, he explained how the Museum’s staff and contractors had to recreate its design and operating mechanism through painstaking research, including viewing hundreds of photographs and hours of period film. The entire cost of building the new Scoreboard has been met by the Brooklands Trust Members – through individual donations and fund-raising activities – and a welcome donation from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd in tribute to the AstonThe recreated Scoreboard open for business (John Retter). Martins and Lagondas which saw great success at Brooklands in the 1920s and 30s. Two chequered flags covered the top section and these were lowered as soon as the bell, mounted on the side, had been rung. Underneath the flags were name boards that echoed the final results of the 1935 BRDC 500 Miles Race with the names of Cobb, von der Becke, Howe, Hamilton and De Belleroche chalked up. As the applause died down, the Napier-Railton was started as a tribute to it winning this BRDC event, with Cobb driving, and it blasted its way to the top of the Finishing Straight and back again. The Paddock boasted some of the earlier andScoreboard opening party, left to right, BTM Chairman Neil Bailey, Allan Winn, Sir Gerald Acher and Nick Duckworth of Aston Martin (John Retter).7e MAC 1937 Velocett Richard Pike, (John Retter). on the Test HillRobin Beech’s Ro lls Phantom II Hand -Royce lye Special (John Rette r).Annabel Jones, 1923 Vauxhall 30-98 (John Retter).).P (John Retter le Cotton JA ar E ’s m eu The MusMartin Bell’s 1925 Singer 10/26 ‘Bloody Fool’ (Gare th Tarr).Chris Hobbs, 1932 Lagonda twomodel (John Retter) litre Speed .a 1933 John Ruth on lica ep R Rudge TT camera nearest the . ) rr Ta areth (Gapier-Railton driving the N Allan Winn (Gareth Tarr).8A wonderful array of cars in the Campbell Car Park (John Retter). rarer vehicles, including a 1911 Sunbeam, a Vauxhall, a Trojan and the largest-engined car present in the form of Robin Beech’s Rolls-Royce Phantom II Handlye Special, fitted with a 1939 Merlin III engine. Other stand-out cars included Lorne Jacobs’ Napier Bluebird, the Stanley Mann Racing Marker Bentley and a very striking 1937 Peugeot 402. The Motoring Village featured a more eclectic mix of classics, including MGBs, a Jaguar 4.2C, Aston Martin DB4 Superleggera, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta and a Singer Vogue in a ‘strawberries and cream’ colour scheme. A visit to the Campbell Car Park revealed gleaming bonnets and white wall tyres galore, courtesy of some pristine Lagondas and Bentleys,Julian Grimwade with the wind up his shirt in his Frazer Nash Norris Special (Gareth Tarr).Did someone call ‘Fire’? (Gareth Tarr).9a Buick, a metallic green and black Citroen Traction Avant, a Morris Cowley, an MG Y-type and a Rover 12. At lunchtime a cavalcade took to the winding circuit at Mercedes-Benz World before making its way back to the Museum site in readiness for the Race Starts on the Finishing Straight at 3.00pm. There was another reunion at the event in the form of Brooklands motorcycle racer Bert Denly’s grandson, Paul Denly, who rode a Norton TT Model 18 in the Race Starts. The Norton was one of the Nigel Spring team machines that won the Senior class of the Brooklands Grand Prix in October 1927, ridden by the greatest TT rider of his period, Alec Bennett. The year after the Grand Prix the Norton was taken to Montlhéry where Bert Denly, Nigel Spring and Pat Driscoll rode it for 24 hours to take a world record at 68mph, which stood for six years. The Norton is now on display at the Museum where it keeps company with LPD 1, which was also one of the Spring team’s machines, ridden by Bert Denly, and the first 500cc motorcycle to achieve more than 100 miles in an hour. Paul’s father Rod Denly was also present on the day and was overwhelmed to see his son riding his father’s Norton on theReunion programme and the last four year’s Reunion badges (Gareth Tarr). Brooklands Track. In all, 2,271 people attended the event and those who really wanted to stand out in the crowd and mark the occasion purchased a limited edition 2017 Reunion lapel badge. There are a few remaining which can be ordered from the Museum website. Paul Stewart10BTM TALK – ALBERT B
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