A brand-new TV programme has been made about Brooklands Museum, with its second episode airing tonight (Tue April 6) at 8pm.
The 10-part series, titled Secrets of the Transport Museum, follows the staff and volunteers who look after the site of the first-ever purpose-built racing circuit.
Brooklands is of course famed for being the birthplace of British motorsport – with many engineering and technological achievements taking place there last century, as well as hosting early land-speed record attempts.
Along with its motoring history, the museum in Weybridge is also home to a vast collection of aircraft highlighting over 100 years of aeronautical innovation.
The new weekly series will cover a selection of historic racing cars, vintage Routemasters at the London Bus Museum, Edwardian planes and even Concorde.
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The series will also delve into the “constant battle” by the staff to maintain and restore the classic vehicles.
It is the first time in the museum’s 30-year history that cameras have been allowed to film so much behind the scenes.
The show, narrated by comedian and actor Sanjeev Bhaskar, can be watched on TV channel Yesterday, or alternatively on demand via UKTV Play.
The show comes as the museum will be reopening after lockdown from April 16 on an outdoor-only basis on Fridays and Saturdays.
The first episode on March 30 followed the historic Frazer Nash Car that needed to be fixed before a big race. Brooklands staff also resurrected the first-ever car to go round the Brooklands track, with the museum director attempting to drive it.
The show will also explore pioneering women in motor racing, which has traditionally been a male-dominated sport.
The second episode follows the infamous Belles of Brooklands – a group of women who raced with men in the 1920s.
One of the cars – the V12 Delage – was driven by one of the women named Kay Petre. The car has now returned 100 years later to be driven by modern-day racing driver, Abbie Eaton.
Viewers of the second episode will find out whether Eaton will be able to get to grips with the vintage controls used by the group of trailblazing women a century ago.
The episode will also follow a Routemaster bus getting a complete makeover and the Concorde ‘Delta Golf’ at the museum’s Aircraft park being treated by volunteers who once looked after it when it was in service.
A grandfather also tries passing his knowledge of motorcycles down to his grandson while repairing a rare and historic bike that once raced around the famous Brooklands track.
Tamalie Newbery, museum director & CEO said: “Brooklands was a place which fuelled innovation and it had a huge influence on today’s motorsport and aviation industries. I’m delighted the TV series is going to give more people the chance to find out about this inspiring place, and how we care for it today.”
Details about the next few episodes aired on Tuesdays can be found here.