Brooklands Museum will make a welcome return to your screens in February 2022 as the next installment of ‘Secrets of the Transport Museum’ airs on Yesterday Channel…
In case you missed the magical ten-episode series first time around, shot at the iconic motorsport and aviation venue in Surrey, the daily trials and tribulations of this incredible must-visit mecca and its enthusiastic army of volunteers are laid bare in a real-life classic museum experience with some smiles along the route.
The spirit and nostalgia of Brooklands have always been fueled by entrepreneurship, giving rise to a huge variety of businesses over the years.
Among the fascinating stories captured in this second series, viewers will get an insight into the dynamic world of Brooklands in the 1920s as Mark Wardill recreates the motorbike that his great-grandfather hoped would revolutionise the industry, only to watch it crash in front of two American investors on a rainy day in 1927.
The early years of aviation saw Brooklands take its place as the spiritual and physical home of those magnificent men and women and their flying machines; however, one of the most spectacular aviation challenges took place 30 years after the Track had closed for good, and the site had become a dedicated aircraft factory.
In 1969, Tom Lecky-Thompson was the winner of the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race, making use of a Royal Air Force Harrier Jump Jet to travel from London to New York in just six hours and twelve minutes.
In the second episode Tom is seen being reunited with the exact Harrier he flew at Brooklands Museum, reliving a breathtaking experience that’s almost impossible to imagine nowadays.
Brooklands has been the home of innumerable innovations over its 114-year history, epitomised by two outright lap record holders, the imperious Napier-Railton on four wheels and Brough Superior on two, but you’ll have to wait until episode five to see the dynamic duo go head-to-head in a bid for supremacy.
Tamalie Newbery, Brooklands Museum CEO:
“Secrets of the Transport Museum has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to show the world some of the dedicated volunteers we have at the Museum, and celebrate the unique stories of British innovation, endeavor, and entrepreneurship at Brooklands, both past and present.
“The huge success of the first series shows how Brooklands continues to resonate with people today as we face the biggest shake-up of the automotive and aviation industry since their inception. I am looking forward to seeing the reaction to some of the amazing stories series two will tell.”
Secrets of the Transport Museum can be seen on Tuesday 1st February at 8 pm on Yesterday (Catch-up on UKTV Play).
You can also catch series one here.
Images – Edward Beadel of Astracolour Ltd
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