If you are here because you want help with a video project, or just want to know a bit more about what I do as a hobby, then please click the 'About' link (above) to go to a different page.
However, you are more likely to be here to look at one the many videos I have produced about the recent history of Brooklands and its Museum, or perhaps your interest is in Vehicle and Aircraft Recovery. You may have an interest in one of the many events I have covered, but whatever the reason you will find TWO indexes to all my videos below.
To make it easier to search the videos have been divided up into 'playlists' for each major subject. The first list is a series of text links (if you know what you want go there), underneath it is the same list, but with Images and text description informing you of what the playlist consists off.
This playlist is made up of many of my recent videos I have made that are associated with Brooklands. These include some Aircraft Recoveries, like the transportation of the Brooklands Vimy after it landed at Brooklands. Behind the scenes at some of the Museums weekend events like the Double Twelve and New Year motoring events. Inside the famous Barnes Wallis Stratosphere Chamber and Balloon Hangar Moving the Brooklands Concorde and Concorde Model. Aviation fly-ins and much more, most of which is in HD quality and more recently 4K UHD.
This playlist contains miscellanies much older videos that are associated with Brooklands that I made when MD of National Rescue from around 1983 up to 1999. These includes the Recovery of many of the current Aircraft, plus some that have now gone to other locations. Early site clearance videos, show parts of Brooklands long gone and there is some rare footage of early fly-ins. It also includes some of the fund raising trips we took in Vickers Viscounts, with some live Viscount Cockpit footage (but don't tell the CAA). If you know Brooklands today, then this is what it did look like.
Again these are older videos from my years at National Rescue. This is not quality videoing, more often than not, I was working under pressure to get the job done and so videoing became secondary to the task in hand. It shows accidents on (or off) the A3, M3 and M25 and how we dealt with them. (BTW You can also see some of our aircraft recoveries in these playlist if recovery interests you). Anyone in the game today, may wonder how we lived through it, without the help of H and S! I know I do when I look at them now.
This playlist is made up of more recent recovery videos I have made. These include some Aircraft Recoveries, like the transportation of the Brooklands Vimy after it landed at Brooklands. Moving aircraft including the Brooklands Concorde and Concorde Model. The time myself a few recovery friends were invited to REMA Boron to see how tank recovery is done. There are a couple of videos on Milly Tant my historic AEC Mk1 Militant and much more, most of which is again in super HD quality, plus there is a little in 4K UHD.
This small but growing playlist is made up of videos I have made largely with the DJI Phantom Quad-copter (Drone), that I think may interest other people .I always enjoy filming interesting building, or landscapes and always do them for free! Firstly because I enjoy it and secondly, the moment you use a Quad-copter commercially, it becomes very complicated (CAA Approval, etc.). So if you have somewhere interesting you want filmed from the air, please feel free to ask.
Brooklands Museum Emergency Services Mayday events, are held each year on the May Day Monday (this may change in 2020) and attracts Emergency Vehicles from all sectors and services, including Fire Brigades, Police Forces, Ambulance Services, Recovery Services and The Military. This event presents an exciting but safe environment for you to witness the serious nature of what men and women do all over the country every day to make our world safe and save lives and of course meet Fireman Sam
Dunsfold the way the public don't normally get to see it! For the very first two Wings and Wheels Cdr. Crutch and myself operated the Tower. As the event grew 'professional' event organisers were brought in and I looked after (among other things) the recovery of the display vehicles. When I could, I recorded some items from the 'Behind the scenes' as it were. You can see aircraft like the two Lancaster that visited in 2014 and of course the incredible Vulcan, Harriers, Hunters and Daks. Plus some incredible cars -You can even go round parts of the Top Gear circuit in the Napier-Railton!
This playlist is from the recreated historic double twelve event at Brooklands Museum it is one of the biggest events and goes on over two days. It was recreated to remember that on the 28 and 29 of June 1907 just eleven days after the Brooklands circuit opened, the world's first 24 hour motor event on a closed circuit, took place at Brooklands. However in the years that followed, objections from local residents meant that the race was modified into two 12 hour sections from 8am to 8pm, with the cars locked away overnight. Here you can get a flavour of this annual occurrence from years 2010 through to this year.
This playlist contains a number of videos from the Auto Italia Event at Brooklands Museum again it is one of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands, celebrating the UK’s obsession with all things Italian. Each year the site is full of all types of Italian cars (and a few motorbikes). This playlist shows all the videos from over the last few years that I have covered it. It includes vehicles arriving, flying around the Mercedes Benz World (MBW) and vehicles going up Test Hill.
Each year on New Year's Day Brooklands Museum lays open the site to anyone with an interesting classic car, the only restriction is on age of vehicle. The weather is often bad, but it does not stop, Capri, A30, A40, Escort, Minor, Cortina, Cambridge, 2000, 3500, P5, Allegro, Jag, Transit, MG and most other classics you can think of, from turning up. For many it is the best event of the year, because no competitions or other events take place, you are free to just chat and admire the cars.
This Playlist is largely about the Re-Engineering of the Brooklands site in Weybridge and Byfleet. No longer a 'Race Track' it is home to many business and the Brooklands Museum. The museum part of the estate is undergoing an extensive development including a new flight shed and the relocation of the Brooklands Bellman Hangar. It also covers the relocation of the Brooklands Concorde, Vimy and Wellington Aircraft. It remembers some of the buildings demolished to make way for the new and perhaps most significantly an ongoing aerial record of the historic Brooklands Banked Race Track.
As most visitors to my 'Free Stuff' are aviation enthusiasts, I have gathered all my aviation related videos from 1983 to present into one long Playlist, (they are also in their relevant playlists as well). It include some rare footage of some very interesting retired aircraft, both on the ground and in the air. It also shows a few of the many recoveries myself and other members of BREAST (Brooklands Recovery Engineering And Salvage Team) have carried out over the last 30 plus years. Sadly it also reminds us of the many good people we have lost over the years.
The famous Vimy replica has flown around the world, recreating many of the record flights its fellow Vimys had previously made some 100 years ago. These include recreating the Smith Brothers' flight from England to Australia. Brand and van Ryneveld's Brooklands to South Africa epic flight and of course Alcock and Brown's first non-stop transatlantic Flight. These videos are roughly in time order and include the background to its eventual final landing at Brooklands the birth place of the Vimy. For aircraft recovery fans it also show how I roped in some recovery mates and with their help transported it into the Museum by road. Lastly it gives you a chance to experience seating at the front of the aircraft in flight.
Many view Brooklands as the 'cradle' if not the 'birth place' of early aviation in Europe, without any doubt up until it closed in the eighties more aircraft have been produced on the Brooklands site than anywhere else! This is a playlist showing some of the Fly-in events held at Brooklands Museum I have videoed over the years. I am not a professional and so some of the videos are not great quality, especial the early ones filmed in 405 VHS format. More recently in fully HD and sometimes in 4K UHD There are also some associated videos dealing with events where aircraft flew by but did not land.
I was lucky enough to go to school in 1958, to the brand new Elliott Comprehensive school at Putney Heath. There were some 2500 of us there, but incredibly a lot of us have kept in touch and there is a website that I maintain. Fifty odd years after I left the school we had a reunion there and I was very sad to see how this wonderful building had deteriorated. However, like all good stories it has a happy ending, n that recently the School has been refurbished. This was not without controversy as part of the school grounds were sold off, to pay for the work and the Elliott name was lost when it became the ARK Putney academy. www.elliottonians.com.
This section is mainly for friends, family and those that like to Travel, it's what you may call my Home and Family videos and if you know some of the family and any of my crazy friends, they may amuse you and explain why I am like I am. There is also a lot about the traveling we have done ranging from the crazy 10-4 event in LA we were guests at, to exploring the world down under. Many people will recall the MASH 4077 Camp, in this section we show you how to get to what remains of the film set. You can also Canoe the Historic River Wey beneath the old Brooklands Circuit and get a surprise!