Only twelve days ago I was writing about my last visit to the Brooklands Museum before the big lockdown. It feels like a generation ago and it is hard to comprehend the speed at which our freedom to roam and congregate has almost entirely disappeared. Most of us are now in lockdown with no clear end to our incarceration.
After a week of lockdown, however, I think most of us are getting into a routine and trying to make the best of the enforced rest and the ability to concentrate on long-deferred tasks. I’ve concluded that lockdown does have its benefits, including catching up with old friends we may have neglected in recent years.
Although closed, Brooklands is striving to keep up our spirits through the museum’s Twitter feed and I have been amused by all the historic tit-bits coming out of the archives. Try this “remarkable invention in ‘spherical locomotion’ which, it is claimed, will one day revolutionise modern transport”: We’re still waiting but it was fun while it lasted. See the Dynosphere, aka Jumbo, in action at Brooklands below in 1932. The four-seater monowheel was designed in 1930 by Dr J.A.Purves. And just savour those plummy 1930s accents.