History Located on the world's first purpose-built racetrack, which was opened by Hugh Locke King in 1907, the Brooklands Hotel is a careful blend of classic 20th-century history and contemporary chic. Following comments that Britain had no chance in motor competitions due to a dearth of British racetracks, Locke King vowed to construct a course to boost Britain's racing success. The racetrack opened its doors on the 17th June 1907, and the first official race took place on the 6th July 1907. The distance record at Brooklands was set on the 28th-29th June, when S.F. Edge cruised round the track in a green six-cylinder Napier for 24 hours. This wasn't the first record set at Brooklands; Percy E. Lambert became the first to achieve 100 miles in one hour. 1939 saw the last race at Brooklands, as some of the track was damaged by WWII enemy bombing, and subsequently closed. Nowadays, Brooklands Hotel overlooks Mercedes-Benz World, which acts both as tribute to the famous racetrack course and as a location where modern-day motor-racing can be enjoyed.