Brooklands Museum to celebrate 95th Anniversary of first ever British Grand Prix
2nd August 2021
Brooklands hosted the first ever British Grand Prix in 1926
● Examples of Grand Prix cars from each decade from 1920s to 2010s, will be at Brooklands Relived on 7th August
● Display will show development of motorsport engineering over the past 95 years
● First Grand Prix and 2021 British Grand Prix both saw Aston Martins on the entry list
● Cars will run on famous Brooklands banked circuit and Finishing Straight
● Brooklands Museum has just opened ‘Driven by Design’ exhibition with McLaren Automotive
29th July, Weybridge – At Brooklands Relived on 7th August, Brooklands Museum is preparing to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the first Grand Prix to take place on British soil. Organised by the Royal Automobile Club and held in 1926 at Brooklands, the world’s first purpose-built race track, the first British Grand Prix formed part of the World Manufacturers’ Championship alongside the continental Grands Prix in Spain, France and Italy and the Indianapolis 500. Ninety-five years later, Brooklands will once again welcome some of the vehicles that took part in the very first Grand Prix, along with examples of Grand Prix cars from every decade up to 2013.
The first British Grand Prix held at Brooklands motor racing circuit, 7th August 1926
Among the cars confirmed are a Delage 15-S-8 as raced in the 1926 Grand Prix, a 1928 Aston Martin LM1, 1960 Cooper Climax and 2013 Mercedes F1 WO4
Grand Prix racing has long been held as the pinnacle of motorsport and has driven technological development at an unrivaled rate. Brooklands Museum will tell the story of the first Grand Prix and its place in history during Brooklands Relived with the highlight of the day expected to be the ‘race starts’ which will see both cars and bikes setting off at racing speed up the historic Finishing Straight and onto the Members Banking just as they did in 1926.
Brooklands has an unparalleled history in British motorsport and aviation and serves to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Among the permanent exhibits at Brooklands is ‘Driven by Design’, a new supercar exhibition opened on 26th July in collaboration with McLaren which features a McLaren Senna GTR prototype car, a McLaren Senna GTR concept car and a full-scale LEGO model of a McLaren 720S.
The McLaren Senna GTR prototype (Driven by Design exhibition 2021) and the Napier Railton and the Banarto Hassan in a race start at the Brooklands Relived event (2019).