The first racing circuit… in the world

Photographer Douglas Kurn lives just round the corner from Surrey’s Brooklands circuit, and thought it might be a nice idea to shoot what’s left of it before it completely returns to nature.

We're glad he did. The pictures are part of Kurn’s ‘Spirit of Brooklands’ project, undertaken with the help of Brooklands Museum and aiming to document the remains of the circuit.

Kurn says: “It was photographed at night to provide a complete contrast to how the track would have been on a race day. With cars flying round on hard rubber tyres bouncing over concrete, engines roaring and thousands of people cheering, the noise and movement would have been phenomenal. So I chose to shoot it when there was nobody around and everything was completely still, which resulted in a number of re-shoots as exposure times were up to an hour long.”