In 1907 a concrete track for testing and racing motor cars opened at Brookelands, near Weybridge in Surrey. It was built by Hugh Locke-King, a motoring enthusiast, at a cost of nearly £250,000. It was the first to be constructed in the world. The track was almost 5 km long, averaged 30 m in width and was banked at the sides to prevent cars from over-running the edge. Many records were set up at Brookelands, probably the most famous being established by Percy ‘Pearley’ Lambart. Driving a 25 h.p. Talbot of 4,531 cc he covered a distance of 164 km, 1,320 m in one hour in 1913.
Brooklands was also used by early pioneers fro testing aircraft.