Great War 100 was billed as commemorating Brooklands’ role in the First World War.
In 1915, the Surrey aerodrome and racetrack had only been open a few years before Britain was at war and the location’s strategic importance meant it was soon under the control of the military.
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Although Brooklands was technically off limits to almost everyone, Lieutenant Frank Houghton managed to convince the authorities to permit a motorcycle event for the many officers billeted in the area.
It took place on August 7, 1915, was supported by 172 entries and attracted a large crowd to see the first meeting open to the public for more than a year.
Read more in December’s issue of TCM