Brooklands Speedway and Cherrington Park  

This page was last updated May 28, 2017


Click this image of the slot car clock I built to see the NEW BROOKLANDS SPEEDWAY

slot car clock


Click this vintage Auto World logo to see some of my slot car collection

Vintage Auto World

 

I decided I needed to make a track logo for a tee-shirt for my hobby, so the logo is below, and conveys how I feel about this hobby.

 

 Brooklands Speedway 

Above is the layout of Brooklands which is roughly 62 feet per lap. It is built with Atlas and Lionel Track with TrakMate timing using light sensors under the scoring bridge.


This video shows some of the features of the layout as of January, 2013.


Currently Brooklands Speedway is undergoing a demolition in preparation to selling our current home
and moving to a new location where the layout will be redesigned and rebuilt.


In June of 2015, the Demolition of Brooklands Speedway is nearing completion, awaiting a rebuild after we move to our new home.



This is what was left of the MotoCross with where the Speedway looped around the scene.


Below is a partial history of the first Brooklands Speedway.

A resin GG32 custom passes the 15th hole of the Country Club.

 

A custom VW Nardo enters turn one at Moose Pass. This is the first turn of the race track portion of the layout.

 

Stock cars roar down the Main Straight on their way under the scoring bridge which holds the LEDs using by the timing system.

 

This is my collection of slot car controllers, as well as more cars that are part of my collection. The section of the table in the corner will eventually house the carnival/amusement park area of the layout, Darnnear Park, based on the local Dorney Park as well as The Great Allentown Fair.

 

This cabinet was originally a rubber stamp display which I purchased from a craft shop and added the slot car logos across the top and the automotive art across the back of display sections. The lexan cover was recently added to keep these cars clean.

 

 

A small part of my toy car collection, many from my first childhood and the rest from my current childhood.

 

The first 5' x 8' table as it looked in 2003 before section two was added to Brooklands Speedway. The plexiglass end of the table is now the home of the computer and the table was extended where the monitor appears here. This is an early picture of the layout soon after the slot car room was built and painted in late 2002. This was before the display cases were added on the west wall.

 

This is an overview of the old table in the foreground and the additional part of the Speedway in the upper section without any landscaping. The unpainted plywood sections are the new part of the race track. The small track in the middle of the photo is a Galoob Micro Machine layout which will be the go-kart track. This was how the table looked in early December of 2004.

 

This is the same part of the layout taken in March of 2005. You can see that progress has been made on the first two tables, but the pit area is still full of cars but no pits yet.

 

This is the major part of the new section of Brooklands Speedway. Note the four lane intersection and the overpass leading back down to the main straight. Again you will see that at this time the overpass and intersection were not smoothed out for better driving through these curves.

 

This is a current view of the intersection as of July 2005. Here the track is now painted with Behr Distant Thunder semi-gloss and the underpass is now a Dunlop tunnel using a Scalextric pedestrian bridge which was cut in two. Some of the landscape is in place in front of the tunnel entrance made from carpet padding foam which I painted and and added ground foam and flock grasses. The brown embankment is carved pink insulation and the rocks in front are pieces of tree bark. I have acquired miniature florescent lights to go into this tunnel, but they were not yet installed in this photo. This was before the addition of the baseball field on the other side of the tunnel, or the moto-cross next to the #2 Pinto. The camera tower was later moved nearer the track hospital.

 

Here is a view of a rolling hill made with the carpet padding foam. The ends were blended into the layout using caulk and then paint and scenery textures. As you can see in the middle of this photo, the end of this hill is not yet completed, and will probably be finished with the carved pink foam method. This hill keeps the cars from hitting the concrete wall as they enter the turn.

 

This is the view looking back at the same four cars while a go-kart runs on the kid's track, as this area looked in 2004.

 

This is a similar view as of March 2005 as more scenery has appeared.

 

This hill area was added using insulation foam, plaster cloth, and then coated with Foam Prep. Note the mine hole being formed in the lower right. This was a photo from January of 2005.

 

Here is the mine hole now that figures have arrived. Note the legs entering the water in front of the gray 'rocks' while another swimmer catches the returning rope that is hanging from the apple tree.

 

Fishermen seem unconcerned about a mixed-bag race going by.

 

A close look at the four anglers at the edge of the mine hole.

 

The project for the end of February 2005 was this stone retaining wall that runs behind the go-kart track. The wall is made up of individually painted pieces of balsa wood glued together. The kiddie track is now recessed in foam that needs to be landscaped.

 

After building the portal, here is the view of two vehicles coming up the hill from the access tunnel. You can see that spring flowers have sprouted between the track and the tunnel.

 

A TycoPro roadster cuts inside a GG32 Henry J in front of the slowly blooming hills in front of the main grandstands.

 

Here is the miniature golf course with some landscaping and the 18 holes on location. The pro shop/refreshment stand still needed to be built at the time of this photo. In the background are four cars headed downhill on the main straightaway past the wall cases of slot cars. Later photos will show this section after detailing.

 

This July 2005 view shows the main straight now that the track has been painted "Distant Thunder". The cars start at the black line under the scoring bridge and proceed towards the camera's lens. The first turn goes right soon after leaving the present view. The gray area surrounded by white will be the pits area in the near future.

 

Another look from the same general viewpoint taken in November 2005 shows the track buildings settling into location and the painting of the track being completed. More landscaping has been done, the press tower and garages are showing in the foreground as well.

 

This view start at turn two in front of the Country Club and also shows the mine hole area of the track as things looked in July of 2005.

 

This is the same view showing the garages as of November of 2005.

 

Here is a closer look with four cars speeding through the Red Bull loop between the garages and the press building.

 

Here is the media tower across from the garages and adjacent to the track hospital.

 

A further update as of August 2006 shows the new pits area complete with tower almost dead center on the photo. The race team vans are parked on this side of the new pit area while the garages are just across the the track from the pits.

 

Campers have started to pull into the Brooklands' campsite behind the ticket office. Later views on this site will show the addition of a program vendor, and the refreshment stand will be moved closer to the grandstand shown in this photo.

 

On the back side of the Dunlop tunnel neighborhood children have started a baseball game on the sandlot.

 

Here are a few racers by Alfaslot1 speeding past the baseball game.

 

A group of racers come around behind the new MotoCross area. Note the three bikes nearest the camera are motorized and run around in a small circle.

 

Now the Can Am cars run behind the MotoCross while a few patrons have beers on the patio of the Clubhouse. Note that bicycle racers climbing the hill behind this scene.

 

The Chaparral Vacuum Cleaner has taken the lead as the cars continue back towards the intersection, a rare situation in most actual CanAm races.

 

A spray booth now resides behind the computer at Brooklands. It was built into an old kitchen cabinet that had held a wall oven. The exhaust fan resides in the upper cabinets and the compressor is below the shelf. Many thanks to Mike Krasnihill for helping me obtain used equipment and design this addition.

 

A mural of a Formula Racer with actual Yokohama slicks used at Nazareth Speedway attached. The area under the rear wheel will be the country section of town of Cherrington. Landscaping materials are stored inside the tires when the Toyota hubcaps are popped off.

 

Recently I added wheel covers from a Celica to improve the look of the mounted racing tires.

 

The addition of spotlights has allowed racing with the room dark to highlight the raceway from the mess in the rest of the space. This shows the garage area, and the new pits under construction. 

 

Another spot lit view shows more of the track using this new lighting. Although there are currently some hot spots, it is easy to follow cars without lights anywhere on the track, and some tuning and filtering of the lights should make it more consistent. This photo shows the pit building under construction behind the line of trucks.

 

I have finally gotten around to building the pit building and tower in the Brooklands Speedway Infield. This was made from an old Faller kit which was missing a couple of pieces, and a few were broken and had to be rebuild. The security policeman guards the entrance to the tower.

 

This is an overview of the front of the new pit complex. I have not yet decided whether to add the "light posts" over the pits that came with the kit. The cars in the pit boxes are die-cast models, not slot cars to better match with the pit building in scale. Note the checkerboard floor tile inside the office spaces of the building.

 

Brooklands' new pit building looking down from the main straight. A photographer is leaning out from the railing to take photographs of the Camaros running laps for the Camaro Bash in September. His film was confiscated before he could reveal what is being built at Brooklands Speedway. 

 

As the spotlight lighting over the track resembles the setting sun, the Boy Scouts at Riverbend Campground have built their evening campfire which flickers electronically. A fly fisherman is trying to get a nibble in the foreground. 

 

The program vendor has set up shop just inside the ticket booth, while a few more spectators have decided to sit in the curved stand at the second chicane. The refreshment stand just beyond the seats has added a cotton candy machine, and a swing set is behind the hedge in the RV campground on the track's grounds. 

 

The lighted Snack Bar has now opened for Kooper's Karts and the Mini Golf course. A few players are now shooting a round while others enjoy treats from the snack bar. At the far left of the snack bar, a water wheel operates and a grandfather and child stand on the bridge watching it turn. This photo is taken from the main straight looking down over the stone retaining wall.

 

A young couple has snuck behind the snack bar building that has finally opened at the Mini Golf Course. The flag man with the green flag ready to wave is working the Go Kart track. 

 

Here is the latest overview of the layout, taken on Thanksgiving week of 2006 from the long view. The timing monitor was temporarily removed giving a longer and lower view than normal. Most of the new details are up behind the twin Aurora Grandstands, but the pit building is in the middle of this photo. Now it is time to clean up much of the room before the next section gets built... 

 

On the east wall of the room, a few of my trains have been mounted. It appears that there is going to be too much slot car track on the narrow tables to allow the trains to run within the boundaries of town of Cherrington, so this may be the only way the the trains will be appearing at the layout.

 

As of Thanksgiving 2007, this is a section of the West Wall of the slot car room, showing some of the display of slot car controllers, and part of my slot car collection display. But now that the Speedway is about 90% finished, it is time to start working on the next level of my slot car hobby...


And now, presenting the town of Cherrington!!!

This will be the countryside of the town of Cherrington. The light gray track into the mountains is Faller Track, and it was removed due to the S-curves needing to go so slow, but the cars needing too much velocity to get up the hill. The two other sections of track on the right side remain, and the replacement loop of Atlas track that was put in will add an industrial park in this suburban and country setting. The three roads are accessed through the Lionel Mystery Track which can be seen a bit more clearly in a photo a bit further down this page.

Farm Pond

Early in 2012 I removed the Faller track from the hill, and started to put a farm in that place on the hill. In this photo, the foundation for the bank barn was going into place, and a small pond was slowly being filled with special resin for water effects.


Barn with Animals

After completing the barn and pond, the cattle area was added to the layout as well.


Farm House

As of February 2012 the Farm House had joined the barn area, including a sleeping hound on the front porch and curtains in the windows. Landscaping and crops still need to be added.


This is the first attempt at building the City of Cherrington Park. The city buildings will be assembled around the two intersections until the track footprint narrows. From that point on should be the industrial section of Cherrington Park. Beyond the third East-West road there you can see the Lionel Mystery Tracks that will allow the cars going out into the country to take one of the three routes shown in the previous photo. This will be a slow development, but I did have cars running through the city before the end of November 2007.


Modified Turnoff

In November 2012 I started to work on automating the city intersections and junctions shown in the city photos. This is using the adapter made by HO-Models which are connected to the wire attached to a motor below the track table as shown in the next photo.



Micro-Mark Motor

This is the Micro-Mark Slow Motor which is wired to a switch allowing the lane diverter to be moved to the appropriate spot to control the directions of the cars. 

Mountain

In the back corner of the layout I have started building a "mountain" scene to hide the pipes coming down for the heating system radiators. The 'pole' that appears in front of the mountain marks where the wiring will come in to light the log house that will be in this area. Mountain climbers will be scaling the high cliff in the background.


Climbing

The log house is in place, a cut stone retaining wall is starting to be developed, and climbers are in various stages of scaling the mountain. To the left, one steadies a climbing rope at the base of the mountain while his friend is near the top of the sheer cliff. Three others are near the peak in the upper center of the photo.

 Rope
                                                          Climbing

A rope climber is working his way up the rock face of the mountain.


Near the
                                                          Peak

These three climbers have almost climbed to the peak.




A long view of Cherrington with the city area developing at the close end.




As of December 2013, the old slope from the farm has been built up and prepared for a retaining wall and a possible trailer court.




By the end of 2013, the plaster cloth has been covered with "ground goop" and the turf covering has started to be added, preparing the area for buildings. Between the plateau and the track, the stone wall is ready to be trimmed and installed.





In January of 2014, a trailer was moved in behind the farm house.




Later in 2014 the trailer's owner found he had to get out the mower and mow the lawn
.





In early January, 2014, I received a shipment of Oxford 1/76 die-cast items from the United Kingdom, from Elizkeith Bus & Coach Shop
. This is the first of the items I have detailed, and it will appear in the City of Cherrington. I only had to put some paint on the interior and add a vendor figure to make this detail work.


Darnnear Park

While I have been working to develop the plans for Cherrington without the mountain roads using Faller track and working on the wiring for the intersections and such, I got started on building the amusement park, Darnnear Park, adjacent to the sandlot baseball field. First the kiddie ride railroad, the Toonerville Railway was installed and the paving company started preparing the lot for the other amusements: games, shows, food stands, and rides. This was the way the layout looked in March of 2009.

 

By May of 2009 the paving company had left, the landscaping on the hill next to Brooklands Speedway had started to come in, a few food stands were being set up, and the train depot was in place. Note the conductors keeping the children in line until the train pulls back into the depot to reload for the next ride. Since a number of the park patrons have complained that this "N-gauge" train is very cramped inside the closed cars, some open cars are on order to provide open air rides for park patrons who prefer some wind in their hair, and not bumping their heads.

 

As the Toonerville Depot neared completion, the bumper cars arrived inside the loop of the train ride.

 

The bumper car display still needs the control building to be assembled over the blue barrel-shaped motor so that the park workers can keep the riders somewhat under control. This unit actually uses magnets moving under the platform to move the cars, and by modifying the mechanism they no longer just go by each other in circles, but they do bump. I need to add a few reverse polarity magnets strategically to help move the cars back towards the magnets when they get bounce off of their control magnets, and strobe LEDs need to be added under the roof of the bumper car building.

This is the overview of Darn Near Park as of early May 2009 with the baseball game going on inside of Brooklands Speedway.

Freak
                                                      Show

In October of 2011, the Freak Show has set up on the grounds. More details need to be completed, but soon the crowds should be gathering to visit this attraction. I always loved the Monkey Racers at the Allentown Fair as a youth.

The next rides to appear will be the carousel with up and down horses, the Thunder Bolt ride (the name was too appropriate for a Thunderjet track), more food stands, games and the freak show. Darnnear Park will be a popular destination.

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