QUESTER 5 VISIT TO BROOKLANDS MUSEUM
When it was suggested that our Group might visit Brooklands Museum, the ladies in our Group were certainly not very enthusiastic about a visit to the museum of cars and planes but their interest was aroused when our guide explained that the first driver of a Benz horseless carriage was the wife of the inventor.
Our expert guide enlivened our visit with factual stories of the early days of motor racing and the pioneering exploits of the first aviators, and he coloured his comments with anecdotes. All our party were fascinated by the real life exhibits which brought history to life. We saw where Wellington bombers were built and examined a surviving plane from the 1940s. Some members sat in a Formula 1 racing car and several of our party took the Concorde Experience for a flying simulation at 50,000 feet - although we didn’t leave the ground.
There was so much to see for those of all ages and interests that 6 hours was too short. Some of our party even skipped lunch to make the most of their time in the museum. Many hoped to go back for another visit.
An added attraction (next door to the museum) was a view over the test track of Mercedes Benz from the top floor of the “World of MB” where petrolheads could enjoy hands (and seats) on to the many pristine MB models, although the price tags soon brought them back to reality.
An exciting Quester outing that will be long remembered.