The first racing circuit… in the world

Underestimate Brookland’s significance at your peril. It was the first purpose-built motor racing circuit in the world, home to the first ever British grand Prix (held in 1927), and was introduced steeply sloped corners to allow cars to hit the fastest possible speeds.

When it opened in 1907 those banked corners saw drivers flat on the throttle around the 2.75-mile track, with several land speed records broken. Brooklands witnessed the first person to cover 100 miles in an hour: one Percy Lambert, who on February 15, 1913, drove his 4.5-litre Talbot 103 miles, 1470 yards in 60 minutes. Not too shabby, Percy.