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The Brooklands Museum, 'Record Breakers Picnic' was organised in conjuction with The MG Owners' Club along with the help of Barry Sidery-Smith. In addition to the record breaking MGs on display there was also an opportunity to get up close to the World Record Breaking 'Thrust SSC'.
'Electric Bluebird' was another machine on display, and holds the British Electric Vehicle Speed Record at over 100mph. The driver, Donald Wales is the grandson of that famous record breaker Malcolm Campbell. This car is currently being prepared for an assault on the World Electric Land Speed Record, Donald hopes to push the car past 200mph.
MG Record Breakers on show included EX181, the supercharged twin cam engined car which Stirling Moss took to 245MPH in August 1957, which two years later was topped by Phil Hill at 254MPH. EX255 constructed earlier this year is an MGF based record car, fitted with a MG/Rover V8 engine developing 900 bhp!!!
A large group of MGF Enthusiasts could be found celebrating the 3rd birthday of the MGF. They had organised a run around 'The Potteries' the previous day, then drove to Brooklands to end their celebration in style with a gathering of the MGFs on the banking of the Brooklands circuit (granted by special permission) followed by the cutting of a specially baked birthday cake!
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There was a good turnout of MGs, and with the blue skies and warm sunshine it made for perfect conditions for a 'Picnic' Of course besides the MGs, The Brooklands Museum has many other attractions, including the Clubhouse with its shop, displays, tea rooms and the Sony Cinema screening an indroductory video to the Brooklands site and its history. There are the Campbell and ERA sheds, historic parts of the original Motoring Village, with memorabilia, cars and motorbikes on show.
Brooklands is famous for aviation also, and the Wellington Hangar has some 30 aircraft on display for visitors to look over. If you have not yet visited 'Brooklands' the we would recommend that you put it on your list. Take a walk up near the banking, take in the atmosphere, and imagine what it must have been like to race at this circuit, which staged the first British Grand Prix back in 1926.