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Brooklands Museum....review and pics

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Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« on: November 18, 2016, 06:10:22 PM »
I went to Brooklands Museum last weekend and while the focus is on its' association with pre-war racing cars and aircraft the place also boasts a rich heritage of motorcycle racing and engineering. This a fantastic facility; the home of the worlds first race circuit (1907). Later the location where many famous British aircraft were built or partly built, right from the first fragile Avro biplane, through to the iconic Hurricane and onward to the amazing and still futuristic Concorde. Brooklands show cases the achievements of this countries engineering talent over the last century, something we should all be proud of and strive to maintain...anyway a few pictures to give you a flavour of the museum:


Lovely old Norton set in a garage diorama...the smell was to die for, seriously


1904 Humber


BSA, check out that exhaust!


Mind you the one on this Grindley Peerless was even better!


What a stunning machine, that front suspension and steering is engineering art...I give you the fabulously titled Grindley Peerless


What is it?


Brough Superior, the gentleman's sporting motorcycle of choice...pure class


Some highly impressive cars are on show too...this Napier Railton is powered by a W12 aero engine!! This holds the lap record for the circuit at a little over 143mph!


A surviving section of the original 1907 track...cars and bikes would thunder around here at speeds in excess of 150mph! Sometimes with all four wheels off the ground...it was not the smoothest surface. It must have been an amazing sight and sound...


Many thousands of aircraft were built here, including significant sections of Concorde!


Vickers Wellington, built here and it flew on many perilous combat missions before being lost on a training flight. Ditched in Loch Ness in 1940 it was recovered some 45 years later and restored


My partners in crime for the day...casually stood in front of the cockpit of a TSR2...a sensational military aircraft that got to the early testing stages in the mid 1960's before getting cancelled, 10 years before the Tornado even flew...there is a complete example at RAF Cosford

If you are a petrol head or engineering buff this place is a must visit....it only £11 to get in too

http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Wellington

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAC_TSR-2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier-Railton

« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 09:15:02 PM by Radar »



Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 07:13:07 PM »
looks an interesting place! :-)

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Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2016, 10:55:06 PM »
looks an interesting place! :-)

It's amazing Pete, go if you get a chance

Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2016, 11:15:50 PM »
would love to walk through a Wellington Bomber!

Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2016, 11:16:55 PM »
Did you know, the autopilot on a Vanguard submarine is related to the autopilot on a Lancaster Bomber?

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Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2016, 04:21:32 PM »
Did you know, the autopilot on a Vanguard submarine is related to the autopilot on a Lancaster Bomber?

I didn't know that...how so?

Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2016, 07:25:47 PM »
no idea, it is called George though! :-)

Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2016, 07:26:49 PM »
(it might be a Jack myth though.... I never researched it! lol)

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Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2016, 08:03:17 PM »
(it might be a Jack myth though.... I never researched it! lol)

I am going to have to investigate this now!

I think that air crew also nicknamed the auto-pilot George, I wonder if that is the link!?

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Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2016, 10:09:54 PM »
Apparently the first "practical" autopilot was invented by a bloke called George DeBeeson - This seems to be the most likely reason for the informal name "George" for the autopilot system on aircraft and on your sub

Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2016, 07:18:22 PM »
ahaha, well done on the research..... Am not surprised at the story being a fake though

Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2016, 05:40:42 PM »
Nice pics. I have never been there, it sounds well worth a visit.

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Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2017, 12:08:11 AM »
I posted a link to this review on FB and had this interesting reply:

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Re: Brooklands Museum....review and pics
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2017, 12:10:50 AM »
Interesting article on the BBC website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-39638975