The Brooklands Museum, near Weybridge, Surrey was a runner up in the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award in 2108. And quite right. The place is a delight, quirky, packed to the rafters with gleaming motors and improbable aircraft held together with sticky tape and hope.
This year it celebrates the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic by Allcock and Brown. They completed the adventure by crashing into a bog near Clifden, Connemara, where I once stayed in pursuit of Peter O’Toole who lived by the ocean nearby. That’s another story.
Brooklands is a joy even for those who would normally be uninterested by anything mechanical like me. It is part of the story of a Britain which ruled the race track and the airwaves.