Recordings of talks given at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, England.
The Track Ep 13
Brooklands Relived and American Car Day.
The Vic Derrington Story
SStuart Derrington tells the fascinating story of the life of his father. V.W. Derrington Ltd proudly claimed to have been selling performance enhancing modifications since 1919, and pronounced themselves as the first tuning equipment supplier! They were however, very well established by the 1960's and undoubtedly knew their stuff. Amongst other things Derrington were the official UK agent for Weber Carburetors, if you wanted a Weber in the 60's it came through Derrington. For lots more info on Derrington, visit the VW Derrington facebook page.tuart Derrington tells the fascinating story of the life of his father.
Recorded at Brooklands in June 2015
CRUSADER: JOHN COBB’S ILL-FATED QUEST FOR SPEED ON WATER. With the author Steve Holter
The tale of Crusader, the jet-powered boat of 1952, appears to be a simple one about the ambition of John Cobb and Reid Railton, two unassuming but deeply gifted men, to break the water speed record on Loch Ness only for their efforts to end in tragedy. In fact the story behind that fateful outcome — Cobb’s death on his first high-speed run — is a complex web of clever design and inspirational endeavour mixed with personality clashes and errors of judgement. After many years of research, including access to a wealth of original documentation, Steve Holter unravels the entire saga of the ill-fated Crusader and presents a compelling detective story.
Like Father Like Son. Fighters in the blood
This is no ordinary memoir. Moving back and forth through time, two stories with fascinating parallels gradually unfold. One is of a Second World War Spitfire ace whose flying career came to a premature end when he was shot down and lost an eye, the other is about his progeny, a second generation fighter pilot who rose to the rank of air marshal. There were times when the lives of both father and son, Robbie and Black Robertson, hung in the balance occasions when survival was simply a matter of luck. The narrative is unique in its use of two separate and distinct voices. The author s own reminiscences are interwoven with those of his father recorded more than thirty years ago. Intensely personal and revealing, controversial too at times, this memoir is above all about people. There is a final irony though. The son spent a lifetime training for the ultimate examination one that despite strictly limited preparation his father passed with flying colours. To Black Robertson s eternal regret he was never able to put his own training to the test. His father was awarded the DFC and retired as a flight lieutenant after five years or so. He himself served for nearly thirty-six years, earned a Queen s Commendation, an OBE and CBE and served as an ADC to HM The Queen. But after reaching almost the top of the RAF tree, in one important sense he retired unfulfilled; his mettle was never tested under fire. Anyone interested to know more about flying, about the RAF, about leadership, about character even, need look no further than this beautifully crafted delivery.
The Track Episode 12
Episode 12 features the event season finally getting under way with the team visiting the Brooklands Classic Car show & Jumble and the Motorcycle show including interviews with author and adventuress Zoe Cano and TV personality Sarah Crabtree from Bangers & Cash. Plus a look at the new McLaren: Driven by Design exhibition. The music is provided b Gentleman Tim & his Contenders performing live at the Classic Car Show.
An Evening with F1 driver John Watson
John Watson talks with Simon Taylor about his life in Formula One and Worlds Sportscar Championship and Le Mans. A very entertaining and insightful interview!