Brooklands Centenary Festival


100 years of Brooklands, hosted by Mercedes-Benz World. Historic vehicles included Babs, the 27-litre 1000bhp monster, which killed Parry Thomas back in 1927 while attempting to break the land speed record. Babs was buried in the Pendine Sands in Wales for 50 years before the restoration took place. Other cars included the Napier Railton producing speeds of 143mph back in the day and the stunning Blitzen Benz from 1909.

Modern cars included a line up of Ferrari's, Bentley's, Aston Martin's and a Mercedes Mclaren SLR 722 with bigger brakes, 30mm lower/stiffer suspension, a carbon fibre front splitter and 20bhp more. This may not sound much but the drivers on the day said you would be astonished by how quickly it can catch up with the standard model.