This shed was built in 1931 by Robin Jackson, one of motor racing’s leading engineers and tuners at the time.
It became famous as the ‘Robinry’ where drivers could have cars serviced and tuned to the highest possible standards by the small team of engineers that worked there. Robin Jackson, himself a racing driver, specialised in the maintenance of MG cars but was also well known for building ‘specials’ such as the Appleton-Riley and the Bentley-Jackson. Following World War Two, Jackson set up premises locally in Byfleet and continued to work on record-breaking and Grand Prix cars through the 1940s and 50s. Today the building has been restored to its 1930s appearance and houses a Grand Prix Exhibition celebrating Brooklands as the venue for the first ever British Grand Prix races in 1926 and 1927. The development of Grand Prix racing in Britain is represented in displays of historic cars, photographs, costume and memorabilia from the 1920s and 30s up to the present day.
The Jackson Shed is also home to our new Formula 1 Simulator, on which you can drive the following cars on the Brooklands Outer Circuit, Campbell Circuit and Mountain Circuit:
Pre-War cars including E.R.A. Type B, Maserati 6CM, Mercedes-Benz W125, Alfa Romeo 12C 36, Auto Union Type C and 1928 Mercedes SSK
1955 Mercedes Benz W196
1979 McLaren M26
Wolf WR7 (James Hunt car as seen in the Museum)
1991 McLaren MP4/6 (Senna car as seen in the Museum)
2007 McLaren MP4-22 (the car in which you sit to operate the simulator)
The car in which you sit to operate the simulator is a genuine F1 car kindly loaned to us by McLaren. Please note that drivers must be taller than 1.5m and be able to enter & exit the car unaided (body weight needs to be taken on the arms and the foot well has restricted width).
Please note the F1 Sim is currently out of action due to flood damage.