The first racing circuit… in the world

Conflict, once again, got in the way. World War II broke out in ‘39, and the Brooklands site was given over to military aircraft production again. As well as suffering damage from enemy bombs, a new access road was built by slicing through a section of the banking, which put paid to any chance of racing returning to the site.

That said, Mercedes-Benz has built a sort of car theme park on the Brooklands site. And, of course, our very own James May built a 2.75-mile Scalextric set around the circuit back in 2009 for his Toy Stories TV show, breaking the world record for the longest slot car track.

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