Record set by Percy Lambert recreated at Brooklands

| 25 Feb 2013

Cars provided by the Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Register recorded an aggregate distance of 103.76 miles in an hour at Brooklands 100 years after Percy Lambert managed the same feat in a 25hp 'Invincible' Talbot.

On 16 February, machines including the famous BGH 23 racing Talbot were flagged off at 12.43 (exactly the same time as the original run) and set about matching Lambert’s achievement.

Lord Shrewsbury, whose great grandfather had performed the same task 100 years ago, dropped the flag as the cars made off from the Railway Straight on the Brooklands circuit, before heading to the modern track at Mercedes-Benz World.

One hour later, Brooklands Museum’s aero-engined Napier-Railton (the fastest car ever to lap the old circuit) joined the cavalcade as it crossed the finish line at precisely 1.43pm.

Cheering from the sidelines were 12 members of the Napier family, who joined a large crowd of enthusiasts.

A partially completed replica of Lambert’s car, which is being built by specialist Ian Poulson, took pride of place outside the Brooklands’ Clubhouse.

Meanwhile, machinery from Talbot, Sunbeam and Darracq lined up on the banked circuit for a photoshoot, as drivers and passengers gathered in the Brooklands Clubhouse for a talk on Lambert by David Jones.