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James May, Now With 45% More Toy Car Action! August 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 9:38 am
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Top Gear presenter James May is at it again! After first building a house out of Lego Bricks he has set his sights higher, and is attempting to adapt the famous banked track at Brooklands, Weybridge into the worlds longest Scalextric track.

May will use 20,000 separate sections of track to match the original 2.75 mile (4.42km) circuit and beat the current record of 1.59 miles (2.56km).

Brooklands, in Weybridge, closed in 1939 and the track will have to cross a river and roads to complete a circuit.

Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit.

It opened on 17 June 1907 and closed at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, when the aerodrome was requisitioned by the government and was devoted to the production of Vickers and Hawker aircraft including the Hurricane fighter plane and the Wellington Bomber.

It had two huge banked sections nearly 30ft (9m) high and cost £150,000 to build – a massive sum in those days.

[via BBC NEWS | UK | England | Surrey | May to attempt Scalextric record.]

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