I've been off for the last week or so with the usual winter illnesses - flu type symptoms, high temperatures, the same cough that kept the Queen from Church. Can't be flu though as I've had the jab ! Anyhow now I have recovered and can no longer garner sympathy I'm back in the BTM office to find that the World of Brooklands did not come to a crashing halt without me as I had suspected. Jeni has been beavering away with the mountains of renewals and new memberships that have been pouring through the letterbox and has processed as many as she can, but with me thoughtlessly staying at home in bed the inevitable backlog has built up again. We hope to be on top of this fairly soon though but turnaround will be a bit longer than usual at the moment.
The tickets for the Isle of Man event on 16th March have sold out now but Steve Parrish but would like to remind you that there are tickets still available for his one man show at the Epsom Playhouse which takes place on Friday 3rd March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20 from the box office on 01372 742555 or www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk.
I'm looking forward to heading over to Ripley this evening to give a talk to the Ripley and Send History Society - It's in the Ripley Village Hall and starts at 7.30pm - guests are welcome. It will be a new talk called From Brooklands to Wisley which looks mainly at aviation on the Brooklands and Wisley sites. I'll let you know how it goes!
Tim Morris 17/01/17
First Classic talk of 2017
J "Mac" Hulbert was our first guest of the year and kicked off the 2017 Classic Talks season in fine style. Mac Hulbert is an academic with a great interest in historic racing cars and , as he showed us last night, has driven and owned many of them over the years. His favourite, however was the ERA R4D which he campaigned around the world at numerous circuits. His talk covered the history of the ERA cars and accompanied his own book on the subject, he was signing copies after the event, and also his own driving experiences in historic races. There were plenty of photos and videos as he pitted himself successfully against the best in historic racing. Commenting on our Facebook page member Steven East said of the evening "What a fab example of someone - working hard and then enjoying his life. Among the most interesting and fab talks at Brooklands Trust Members. Great work Team Brooklands"
During the evening we sold more tickets for the upcoming Isle of Man TT event which took us close to the sell out point. We have therefore withdrawn the online applications as the weekend approaches - please ring for availability of the last remaining tickets.
Happy New Year and bookings
A happy new Year to all members and we hope you had a really good 2016 with the BTM. This year will, of course, be just as good and there are plenty of events for Members already lined up - a full lineup of Classic Talks is already published and the first of the Motoring Legends events is now booking. We did get the wrong date for the ticket sales - we forgot about the Bank Holiday on 2nd January - sorry! You can now book through the BTM office and online and tickets are already selling quickly - the phone hasn't stopped ringing today!
The Remembering Capt. Brown event is also open for booking today and tickets for that are free. We are expecting a high demand for this look back at the extraordinary life of Capt Eric Winkle Brown. He was a BTM Honorary member following two sell out events at the Museum and we were looking forward to a third when he sadly passed away in Spring last year. This commemorative event takes place a year on and will be hosted by the aviation historian and broadcaster Paul Beaver. Booking is now open online or through the BTM office.
Demand on the phone is quite high and we may have difficulty responding to ansafone messages so if you can't get through please keep trying.
Tim Morris 3/1/17
We have had some problems with our brooklandsmembers.co.uk and .com email addresses. In particular the [email protected] has been unobtainable. We do apologise if you have had some problems getting through on those email addresses. The issue was due to a change over to a new server as a result of this website going live and we hope that the addresses are now working again. If you do still have a problem then please contact any BTM committee member through our generic address of [email protected]
Tim Morris 20/12/16
Latest Newsletter out now
The latest email newsletter is now out and has been sent to all our members who have provided valid email addresses. I'm afraid it is not available in a printed form but the Brooklands Bulletin will be out soon and should be with you the week before Christmas. The latest newsletter is available on the link below and you can find an archive of all past newsletters in our archive section on this site.
Dinner Without Sir Stirling
Unfortunately at the last minute Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Suzy were unable to join us for this year's Annual BTM Dinner. However I am informed that it was still a splendid evening nonetheless with an interesting after dinner talk by the "Bird in a Biplane" Tracey Curtis-Taylor. Sir Stirling sends his apologies to the members and guests. If anyone took any photos on the night we would be interested to see them so could you please send them to me at [email protected].
Our last event of the year - the Xmas Lunch on 18th December is now full but there will be a small waiting list if you email Angela at [email protected]
Tim Morris 28/11/16
We have been beavering away behind the scenes for many weeks now to bring this new website to you. I'm not going to pretend that it has been easy as there has been a very steep learning curve involved however we hope that you approve of the finished product. It should make it a lot easier for you to navigate around the site and also visit the Museum and Concorde pages more easily too.
You'll find most of the features from the old site although some have been joined together in an attempt to streamline it a little. The old Gallery pictures have gone but we intend to replace them with a new gallery, in the meantime there are links to our galleries on the BTM Facebook page. The Driving Group pages have also gone and they will be included in the BTM Events, Latest News and Blog pages.
If you find something that doesn't work or have ideas of things that we could add don't hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected]
Tim Morris 21/11/16