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Motoring History 1920-1929

During the First World War the solid tyres of military lorries had played havoc with the track, and it was not until 1920 that Locke King had cleaned up sufficiently to enable the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club (BARC) to take over once again.

Malcolm Campbell 1923Count Zborowski in a Mercedes leading Ellison in the 1912 15 litre  Lorraine Dietrich 'Vieux Charles III 1924Throughout the 1920s the BARC continued to organise big popular race meetings, including the Junior Car Club’s famous 200 Miles Race, which first began in 1921. It was at this time that pre-war driver, Malcolm Campbell, returned to the scene from Army service as a Captain.

Count Louis Zborowski was another great personality of Brooklands and raced a series of monstrous cars on the Outer Circuit, including the legendary Chitty Bang Bangs, in the early 1920s.

In August 1926 the RAC organised the first-ever British Grand Prix, constructing sand chicanes along the Finishing Straight. The Junior Car Club 200 Miles Race was run again later that year and the race was won by Major Henry Segrave in a Talbot.  A second British Grand Prix was held at Brooklands in 1927.

Another Club that staged ambitious races at Brooklands was the elite British Racing Drivers Club, BRDC, which was founded in 1927. Their first event was the 500 Miles Race of 1929 which was destined to become the fastest long distance race in the world. The other coveted BRDC trophy was the British Empire Trophy. Races of this calibre presented a challenge to great names such as John Cobb, S.C.H.’Sammy’ Davis, Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and the Dunfee Brothers.

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