These garages were rented by drivers and motorcyclists to house their racing machines and prepare them for competition.
Built in 1927, the lock-ups changed hands continually but some of the doors were colourfully painted with names of the businesses that the occupiers ran. Inside, the building now links with the ERA shed and continues the story of the quest for speed, efficiency, and safety in the Raleigh Cycle Exhibition. The Brooklands Track was a popular venue for Cycle Racing in the 1930s following the Charlotteville Cycling Club’s massed start race in 1933, but the bicycle was also an essential means of transport for the majority of people who could not afford a motor car. Many race spectators, mechanics, aircraft factory employees and even pioneer aviators depended on their bicycles to get them to Brooklands and home again. The Raleigh Cycle Exhibition follows the development of cycling from the ‘Hobby-horse’ and ‘Penny Farthing’. The exhibition also includes the earliest known Raleigh ‘Safety’ bicycle in the reconstructed Raleigh Street Workshop; the influence of the bicycle on social change; 100 years of racing cycles and the record breaking 200 mph carbon fibre ‘Ultimate Bike’ of 1995.