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Article from BTNews 22 JUNE 2015

Brooklands party

The BBGA (British Business and General Aviation Association) has chosen Brooklands for its annual networking evening 2 July (18:00 to 21:00) at the spiritual home of both aviation and motor sport.  It was the home of Sopwith Aircraft, Hawker and Vickers.  The world’s first purpose-built motor racing track was opened in 1909.

Under the energetic direction of Allan Winn, former Editor of  Flight International, the Brooklands Museum has gone from strength to strength and February 2015 announced a multi-million pound facelift.

A £4.68m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will substantially help to fund the £7m Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project.  This will consist of the dismantling and restoration of the 1940 Bellman Hangar, construction of a new Flight Shed exhibition building and restoration of the Finishing Straight plus a completely new "Aircraft Factory" exhibition area within the reconstructed hangar.

Visitors to the BBGA event will be able to inspect Concorde and the other Vickers aircraft on display (Concorde was essentially designed and engineered at the old Vickers works).  Supporting the event is Close Brothers Aviation and Marine plus Gulfstream, Rockwell Collins and Shell Aircraft.  Go early if you want to take in all that Brooklands has to offer including motoring, the bus museum and bicycle collection.   www.bbga.aero   www.brooklandsmuseum.com

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