Friday, 31 October 2014

Brooklands Museum: Cars

Brooklands Museum was originally a race track, a lot like a cycling velodrome: oval, with banked ends. From the start of the 20th century, cars of all sorts would whiz around.

Now unfortunately the track is closed, but you can still see the cars, and even go on a simulator ride.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Brooklands Museum: Bikes

Brooklands Museum also has plenty of motorbikes and bicycles. I particularly liked seeing an Ariel 500 similar to the one my father had, as well as a Raleigh road bike similar to one I own now.

A gold plated Raleigh. Looked surprisingly tasteful. And I did have a yellow/gold Giant Peleton 7000 for many years..

Yes. The chainring is quite mad. (This bike needed pacing up to speed by another vehicle.)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Brooklands Museum: Planes

After being used as a race track, Brooklands was the site of a lot of aircraft testing and production, including Vickers.

Famous planes such as the Wellington bomber (one of two remaining is on site) and the VC10 were constructed on site.

Today, there are a lot of planes with some connection to the site on display.

Flight deck of a VC10.

This particular VC10 belonged to Oman.

That's a bit beyond business class..

Concorde's nose.

One of only two remaining Wellington bombers. This one spent nearly 50 years at the bottom of Loch Ness.

A Sopwith Camel.

Cockpit of a Harrier.