Gordon Bennett!

March 30, 2023

Gordon Bennett was an American millionaire who inherited a fortune from his publisher father. He supported emerging technology and sport and, in 1899, fascinated by the new motor cars, he instigated the International Gordon Bennett Cup. The inaugural race took place in 1900 between Paris and Lyon, with three countries participating. The 1903 Cup, which was held in Ireland, was a world first in its use of a closed-circuit course, setting the template for future circuit racing. It was also the first international motor race in the British Isles, and was contested by future Brooklands racer Selwyn Edge. Bennett’s promotion of these events boosted the global car industry and established international motorsport.

Our speaker is Patrick Lynch, the author of "At The Greatest Speed", the story of Gordon Bennett, the father of international motor racing.

This event will be in person in the Clubhouse and broadcast on Livestream

The Members' Bar will be open from 6pm and hot food will be available.

COVID Safety

We have been working hard to implement Covid safety measures to ensure all our events are safe and enjoyable for all our visitors. Our events will follow the latest Government guidelines, please visit our Visitor Safety FAQ for full details.

Plan your visit


March 30th, 2023, 7.30pm - 10:00pm


Members £4.00 

Volunteers £6.00 

Non Members £8.00

Livestream Free

Book your tickets here


Getting Here

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN

For evening talks, please use the Campbell Gate (signposted “JTI”) on Brooklands Road using the above postcode. Do not follow brown signs to the museum. Parking is free.


Stepped access to the Napier-Room

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To book your tickets click the book links in the ticket information block or email

Livestream bookings will be sent the web link in advance of the talk.