We are soon to announce a special relationship with the Friends of Beaulieu.
Look out for that from 1st September.
In the meantime here is a list of their forthcoming series of Friends talks evenings to which Brooklands Members are cordially invited.
Saturday 21 September
Following in Grandad’s Flight Path
A Grandson’s unusual tribute to a World War one pilot and his Aeroplane
When David Bremner found an old aircraft control column, rudder bar and magneto in his Grandfather’s shed, he suspected they came from a 1915 Bristol Scout. David knew his grandfather Bunnie had flown a Scout in World War 1 as a pilot with No. 2 Wing RNAS during 1915– 1916, so his long-time friend Theo Willford suggested a plan to build a Bristol Scout exactly as flown by Bunnie.
There were no airworthy examples of a Bristol Scout anywhere in the world, so research took 6 years and it wasn’t until the end of 2007 that there was enough information to start the build. David’s brother joined the build team and Scout 1264 was completed and first flew in 2015, almost exactly 100 years after the original first flew. She is an exact reproduction of the original in every respect, including the modifications made by his Grandad.
In 2016 they took the newly created Scout to the Greek island of Thassos, to the exact spot where Bunnie flew, and David flew her there, on the exact same date, 100 years on! 1264 is the reincarnation of the original machine which was flown by Flt Sub Lt F D H Bremner. Starting with three original parts brought home by him in 1916, it has been rebuilt to flying condition by Theo Willford and Bremner's grandsons, and is a regular performer at the Shuttleworth Collection.
Bristol Scout 1264 will be appearing at the Motor Museum for this evening so if you haven't seen this remarkable aircraft before it will be an ideal opportunity in an iconic surrounding.Meet at the Museum at 6.15 pm to hear the start-up of our ‘star of the show’, followed by the screening of a TV documentary about 1264’s history, rebuild and early flying. The evening will conclude with a question and answer session with speaker, David Bremner.
Saturday 19 October
Ivan Dutton:A life of motoring passion and achievement
Ivan Dutton's career in the motor trade began when, upon finishing his apprenticeship in pattern making, he joined the workshop of the Chequered Flag, quickly becoming foreman.
During 1963 he started his own business and competed in his first motor race in a Mk1 Jaguar. This interest in motorsport led to Ivan becoming the British Production Saloon Car Champion in 1973, but the oil crisis of the late seventies ended his professional racing career.Enthusiasm for the Bugatti marque had been nurtured by his father, whose stories of Brooklands between the wars led to the formation of the Bugatti restoration company in 1979.
Ivan's career in racing Bugatti's began in 1983 in a Type 51, followed by years of racing a succession of Type 35B models.
With the arrival of the new millennium and Ivan's sixtieth birthday, he felt it was time to retire and pass the reins of the business, Ivan Dutton Ltd, to his son, Timothy. However, Ivan does not seem to have slowed down, he continues to enjoy a fine collection of cars and shows no signs of losing the passion!
Saturday 16 November
Something of a latecomer to aviation Paul Catanach first threatened airspace (and everything beneath it) at the age of 30 with a Private Pilot’s Licence in the UK. Soon afterward he combined emigration to Australia with a career change and gained a Commercial Pilot’s Licence at Coolangatta in Queensland where he also snagged his first job as an instructor.
After a couple of years teaching flying and theory subjects to trainee private and commercial pilots he combined shameless cronyism with blackmail and won a job based in Darwin in the Northern Territory. This was obviously the booby prize.
Bashing around the bush in a series of clapped-out aircraft Paul carried freight both night and day the length and breadth of the GAFA experiencing the delights and perils of the Northern Territory’s two seasons, the Dry and the Wet. Despite the best efforts of passengers, live freight, other pilots and wildlife he survived several years before returning to the UK where he is now a training captain operating privately owned biz-jets to at least two corners of the Earth.
Friday 6 December
Bearback:The World Overland
Imagine jacking it all in, packing your life into a 41-litre pannier and riding into the sunset.This is exactly what GP’s Pat and Ness Garrod did, downing stethoscopes to take off on their motorcycle, The Bear, to see the world.For anyone who has considered escaping the rat race, even for a second, it’s an inspiring story.
Across the deserts of Africa, over the mountains of the Andes, deep into the jungles of Indochina, and beyond the Arctic Circle; 100,000 miles unsupported through 6 continents and 64 countries.A circumnavigation of epic proportion, it was to become one of the longest journeys ever undertaken by a couple on one motorcycle, a journey destined to change their lives forever.Undoubtedly a story of high adventure, determined resourcefulness and personal discovery, it is also a tale of freedom and love.Capturing not only the beauty and diversity, but also the spirit of our fast-changing world, this is the tale of two doctors, one motorcycle, and a remarkable four-year journey around the world - dirt, dust, flies and all.
Please call Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 to purchase tickets over the phone - £7.50 for members of the National Motor Museum and Brooklands Members, £10.00 for non-members – or send a cheque (made payable to National Motor Museum Trust Ltd) to Theresa, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN.Tickets will be sent electronically where possible but if you would like your tickets sent in the post please enclose a SAE.Tickets can also be collected on the night if preferred.All evenings commence at 7.30 pm in the Collections Centre, with the exception of 21 September, and finish around 10.00 pm.A pay bar is available for hot and cold drinks.The Motor Museum will not be open on these evenings, with the exception of Saturday 21 September.