Brooklands Race Track

Brooklands Race Track

Brooklands was the world’s first purpose built motor circuit, opened in 1907 near Weybridge in Surrey, England. The idea was conceived and followed through by an entrepreneur named Hugh F. Locke King. After the Motor Car Act 1903 Britain installed a 20mph speed limit across all of its public roads. In a time where over half the worlds cars were built by the French it became a concern that Britain’s […]

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Gordon Bennett! Part 1

Gordon Bennett! Part 1

When talking about the beginnings of competitive motor racing, one name stands out above many, Gordon Bennett. The Gordon Bennett Cup was a trophy that was used for several different types of race, from yachts to airplanes, the trophy became the revered prize for any go getting racer. The cups for each sport hold their own merits and all of them were catalysts in the early growth of international motor […]

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The Tale of the Thrust SSC

The Tale of the Thrust SSC

The land speed record is fairly self explanatory; it’s the highest recorded speed that has been achieved by somebody using a vehicle on land. The record attempts are officiated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile or FIA for short. The FIA is the governing body for many racing events all over the world, along with the licensing and sanctioning of the World Rally Championship, the World Endurance Championship and Formula […]

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The Worlds First Motor Race

The Worlds First Motor Race

In the summer of 1894, the world saw its first fully fledged automobile race, the Paris-Rouen ‘Competition for Horseless Carriages’. The race was organised by Pierre Giffard, the Editor of Le Petit Journal; a Parisian daily newspaper than ran from 1863 to 1944. The paper was known for setting up competitions to help boost sales of certain products, though none were likely as successful as this one. There were prizes […]

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