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Google Earth Plug-in: Brooklands Park - racing track and aerodrome (overlays)

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Brooklands was a motor racing circuit built near Weybridge in Surrey, England. The brainchild of Hugh Locke-King, it was opened on June 17, 1907 and was the first custom-built banked motor race circuit in the world. It was the first ever oval style race track built for cars. Two years after the racecourse was built Locke-King constructed an airfield in the centre of the site providing the opportunity for Britainís earliest aviators to hone their skills. During World War I the Vickers, Hawker and Sopwith aviation firms were all based at Brooklands. Barnes Wallis, the man who later went on to invent the "bouncing bomb" used by The Dambusters in World War II also worked here. Spitfire and Hurricane fighters were built here during the Second World War, as were Wellington bombers. The airfield eventually closed in 1982. See for more information.

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