History The racetrack was laid out in 1907 by Hugh Locke King as the world's first purpose-built circuit, but it rapidly became one of England's most significant technological centres. Throughout the '20s and '30s many motoring records were broken at the venue, regarded as extremely prestigious in motoring culture. It was also very important in the aviation world. A.V. Roe first performed flight trials there in 1908, Tommy Sopwith flew his Pup and Camel, and Hawker Aircraft and Vickers-Armstrong used the venue to develop models during and after WWII. The manufacture of Concorde was latterly assisted at Brooklands. The outbreak of WWII saw the end of racing at the venue, but it remained an aviation development centre until 1987, almost 50 years on. Since then it has stood as a museum, where notable motoring and aviation achievements have all been celebrated.