Posted on 7 August 2021
A University of York Archaeology Masters student has created a fascinating 3D digital reconstruction of the iconic Brooklands racing circuit for the 95th anniversary of the British Grand Prix (BGP).
Built in 1907 and credited as the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, Brooklands hosted the first BGP in 1926. The track included a number of technical innovations, including the world’s first ‘banked’ corners and for many it epitomises a golden era in British motor sport.
Matt Allcock’s project, titled: ‘Brooklands 1907: Visualising the world’s first purpose-built motor racing venue to facilitate public engagement and provide guidance for the heritage management and protection of the site’, is intended to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the historic site situated close to Weybridge, in Surrey.
He said he hoped his work may ultimately be used in gaining world heritage status for the historic circuit, much of which is still intact.
“As well as raising public awareness of Brooklands I hope the model will act as a tool to provide guidance for the site’s heritage management and its protection in the future,” said Matt.
“The project digitally highlights the surviving heritage features and threats to the site, and ensures that focus is not lost from the site's intangible heritage, including the women involved in Brooklands’ history and the individuals who lost their lives whilst competing and spectating. Ultimately, the project will conclude with a recommendation for the site’s World Heritage inscription.”
The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Brooklands Museum in the creation of this project.