Monday, May 28, 2012
Brooklands 1940s Relived
A week ago last Saturday Daddy, the chap and I joined other 1940s enthusiasts at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey. Brooklands was the first purpose-built motor racing circuit in the country, laid out in 1907. The site was given over to aircraft production during both world wars, and it's this wartime significance which inspired the 1940s Relived event. I hooked up with Charly, who made her dress - it was her first sewing poject, and she did a great job!
I really enjoyed the event. It was like a smaller-scale Goodwood Revival, but feels truly authentic thanks to the site's history; the filling station is the real deal, and there's even an actual pillbox and air raid shelter which were opened to the public exclusively for the event. It was great that so many people also got into the spirit and dressed up in 40s gear - encouraged by the 20% discount on the £10 entry fee.
The museum holds planes, bombs and memorabilia from Brooklands' time as a factory. We were especially fascinated by this Wellington bomber. It was built at Brooklands and took part in bombing raids on Germany, but later crashed into Loch Ness after developing engine trouble on a training flight (all the crew got out, though the rear gunner was killed when his parachute failed to open). In 1985 a team of Loch Ness Monster hunters found the plane, and it was recovered and returned to its birthplace at Brooklands.
And yes, I persuaded the chap to get retro'd up - doesn't he look handsome?
Outfit details: Ballroom Belles tea dress, made by me; Record hat, made by me; Record bag, made by me; Gloves, vintage fair; Shoes, purchased in Thailand.
The event has already been confirmed for next year, so put the 18th of May 2013 in your diary!