Brooklands Motoring Festival

SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR BROOKLANDS MOTORING FESTIVAL: THE DOUBLE TWELVE OVER 28/29 JUNE

Mercedes-Benz World and Brooklands Museum have today announced the schedule for this weekend’s Brooklands Motoring Festival: The Double Twelve in Weybridge, Surrey, which includes guest appearances from Sir Stirling Moss and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen.

The Double Twelve competition incorporates a number of tests taken from the JCC Rallies of the 1930s that will be running throughout the weekend.  These include Test Hill, Steering Test, Wiggle Woggle, Parking Test, Quick Start and Half Mile.

In addition to the Double Twelve competition, numerous displays will be taking place throughout the weekend.

Saturday 28 June10:00 - Bicycles, Supercars10:30 - Mercedes-Benz, Coopers11:00 - The Double Twelve competitions commence- Silver Arrows Display Team- Sir Stirling Moss drives the Mercedes-Benz W19611:40 - Historic Lotus, Hawthorn Tribute12:20 - Supercars, Napier Railton13.00 - Blue Eagles Helicopter Display Team13:40 - Live interview – Lewis Hamilton and Sir Stirling Moss by Tiff Needell 14:00 - Mercedes1908 GP 14:30 - Lewis Hamilton drives the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car 14:40 – Napier Railton14:45 - Lewis Hamilton autograph session/crowd meet and greet15:05 - Lewis Hamilton SLR McLaren Charity Drive in aid of The Raisa Gorbachev- Foundation for children with cancer15:40 - Lewis Hamilton drives the Mercedes-Benz W19615:50 - Lewis Hamilton drives the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car15:55 - Lewis Hamilton Press Conference16:00 - Silver Arrows Display Team 16:30 - Lewis Hamilton drives the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car 16:40 – Bicycles, Motorcycles

Sunday 29 June10:00   - The Double Twelve competitions commence- AC Cobras, Mustangs10:40 – Napier-Railton11:20 – Brooklands Society12:00 – Double Twelve cars12:40 – Mercedes-Benz, De Dion13:20 – Blue Eagles Helicopter Display Team13:40 - Live interview – Heikki Kovalainen by Tiff Needell14:00 - Historic Lotus14:20 - Heikki Kovalainen drives the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car14:30 - Heikki Kovalainen drives the Mercedes-Benz W19614:40 - Silver Arrows Display Team14:45 - Heikki Kovalainen SLR McLaren Charity Drive in aid of Laureus Sport for - Good Foundation15:10 - Motorcycles, Napier Railton15:35 - Heikki Kovalainen drives the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car15:45 - Heikki Kovalainen autograph session/crowd handshake16:00 - Heikki Kovalainen presents prizes to The Double Twelve winners 16:20 - Brooklands society16:50 - Heikki Kovalainen drives the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car17:00 – Silver Arrows Display Teams

Tickets are available at a discounted rate when purchased in advance of the event.  These can be purchased at Mercedes-Benz World or the Brooklands Museum.  For further information visit www.brooklandsfestival.com.  Prices start from £25.00 for Adults, £10.00 for Children or £60.00 for a family ticket (two adults, three children).

Event content is subject to change.

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NOTES TO EDITORSFull details of the Brooklands Motoring Festival weekend will be posted online at www.brooklandsfestival.com with further announcements made nearer the summer.

Brooklands Museum Brooklands Museum, which is approached through Mercedes-Benz World between Weybridge and Byfleet, is open every day. For full details visit www.brooklandsmuseum.com

Mercedes-Benz WorldMercedes-Benz World at Weybridge, Surrey is a Brand Experience Centre, which means its cars are not just for looking and touching, but for driving too. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm, (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and admission is free.  For more information call 0870 400 4000 or visit mercedes-benzworld.co.uk

Brooklands’ birthHugh Locke King’s motivation for building Brooklands came from visiting motor races staged on open road circuits on the continent. He converted 300 acres of his Surrey estate into a great oval motor circuit that enabled spectators to safely see much more of the action. Using the power of steam, horses and carts and picks and shovels 1,500 labourers and craftsmen completed the work of building Brooklands in just nine months.

Protecting the site todayA flood compensation scheme has been designed to protect local homes and businesses when the River Wey bursts its banks, and stretches of the original Brooklands track have been preserved – keeping the fragile banking from falling into further decay.

The latter work has required extreme sensitivity given the fact that Brooklands is classed as an Ancient Monument. Enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that the famous Railway Straight and sections of the Campbell Circuit have been re-opened for the first time in over 50 years. Further work will be undertaken to revive other sections of the track in due course.