Developed by wealthy landowner Hugh Locke King in 1907 Brooklands was the first purpose built motor racing circuit in the world. It has been known ever since as a world renowned centre of technology and engineering excellence and has become synonymous with major events in British aviation and motor sport history.
Brooklands, developed in 1907 by Locke King, was the first purpose built motor racing circuit in the world. Ever since it has been known as a world renowned centre of technology and engineering excellence. The history of Brooklands is celebrated at the Brooklands Museum, adjacent to The Heights.
Brooklands has been home to some of the key milestones in aviation history including AV Roe’s first flight in a British built aeroplane (1908), the building of the Hawker Hurricane fighter and Vickers Wellington bomber in WW2 and Tommy Sopwith’s development of the Sopwith Pup and Camel. In the post war years the Vickers factory produced a successful family of airliners including the Viscount and VC10, and contributed to the design and manufacture of Concorde. Brooklands has become synonymous with major events in British motor sport and aviation history for example the First British Grand Prix.
Brooklands is continually evolving and is now one of the leading business destinations in the south west of England. The Mercedes Benz facility lies adjacent to The Heights and offers hi-tech conferencing facilities, a sales arena and test track. Corporate events can also be accommodated at the nearby Brooklands Hotel.