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Brooklands

Brooklands was a 2.75-mile motor racing circuit and aerodrome built near Weybridge in Surrey, United Kingdom. It opened in 1907 and was the world's first purpose-built'banked' motor racing circuit as well as one of Britain's first airfields, which became Britain's largest aircraft manufacturing centre by 1918, producing military aircraft such as the Wellington and civil airliners like the Viscount and VC-10; the circuit hosted its last race in August 1939 and today part of it forms the Brooklands Museum, a major aviation and motoring museum, as well as a venue for vintage car and other transport-related events. The Brooklands motor circuit was the brainchild of Hugh F. Locke King, was the first purpose-built banked motor race circuit in the world. Following the Motor Car Act 1903, Britain was subject to a blanket 20 mph speed limit on public roads: at a time when nearly 50% of the world's new cars were produced in France, there was concern that Britain's infant auto-industry would be hampered by the inability to undertake sustained high-speed testing.

King commissioned Colonel Capel Lofft Holden of the Royal Artillery to design the projected circuit and work began in 1906. Requirements of speed and spectator visibility led to the Brooklands track being built as a 100 ft wide, 2.75 miles long, banked oval. The banking was nearly 30 feet high in places. In addition to the oval, a bisecting "Finishing Straight" was built, increasing the track length to 3.25 miles, of which 1.25 miles was banked. It could host up to 287,000 spectators in its heyday. Owing to the complications of laying tarmacadam on banking, the expense of laying asphalt, the track was built in uncoated concrete; this led in years to a somewhat bumpy ride, as the surface suffered differential settlement over time. Along the centre of the track ran a dotted black line, known as the Fifty Foot Line. By driving over the line, a driver could theoretically take the banked corners without having to use the steering wheel; the track was opened on 17 June 1907 with a luncheon attended by most of Britain's motor manufacturers, followed by an informal inauguration of the track by a procession of 43 cars, one driven by Charles Rolls.

The first competitive event was held on 28–29 June, with three cars competing to break the world record for distance covered in 24 hours, the first race meeting was held on 6 July, attracting over 10,000 spectators. Drawing inspiration from the development at Brooklands, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built soon afterwards, held its inaugural race in August 1909; the Brooklands Mountain Circuit was a small section of the track giving a lap 1¼ miles long, running from the Fork to the rear of Members' Hill and back. It was created in 1930 using movable barriers. On 28–29 June 1907, eleven days after the circuit opened, it played host to the world's first 24-hour motor event, with Selwyn Edge leading three specially converted Napier cars around the circuit. A statement of intent had been made in 1906, Selwyn Edge entered into a physical training program to prepare for the event, his car, "804" was extensively modified, having a special fuel tank, bodywork removed, a special windscreen. Over 300 red railway lamps were used to light the track during the night.

Flares were used to mark the upper boundary of the track. Edge drove his car for the full duration, with the drivers of the other two cars taking the more familiar shift approach. During the event Edge covered a distance of 1,581.74 mi at an average speed of 65.91 mph, comfortably beating the existing record of 1,096.187 mi set at Indianapolis in 1905. Women were not allowed to compete for several years. Dorothy Levitt, S. F. Edge's leading driver, was refused entry despite having been the'first English-woman to compete in a motor race' in 1903, holding the'Ladies World Land Speed Record'. Edge completed 2,545 km at a record which stood for 17 years; the first standard race meeting would be held the next week, on 6 July. George E. Stanley broke the one-hour record at Brooklands race track on a Singer motorcycle in 1912, becoming the first rider of a 350 cc motorcycle to cover over 60 miles in an hour; the world record for the first person to cover 100 miles in 1 hour was set by Percy E. Lambert at Brooklands, on 15 February 1913 when driving his 4.5 litre sidevalve Talbot.

He covered 103 miles, 1470 yards in 60 minutes. A contemporary film of his exploits on that day can be viewed at the Brooklands Museum. In July and August 1929, Violette Cordery and her younger sister Evelyn drove her 4.5 litre four-seater Invicta for 30,000 miles in less than 30,000 minutes, averaging 61.57 mph and earning her second Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club. Brooklands closed to motor racing during World War I, was requisitioned by the War Office and continued its pre-war role as a flying training centre although it was now under military control. Brooklands soon became a major location for the construction and supply of military aeroplanes. Motor racing resumed in 1920 after extensive track repairs and Grand Prix motor racing was established at Brooklands in 1926 by Henry Segrave, after his victories in the 1923 French Grand Prix and the San Sebastián Grand Prix the following year raised interest in the sport in Britain; this first British Grand Prix was won by Louis Wagner and Robert Sénéchal, sharing the drive in a Delage 155B.

The second British Grand Prix was staged there in 1927 and these two events resulted in improved facili

Betty Thompson

Betty Thompson was a Canadian television presenter who spent most of her career at CKCO-TV in Kitchener, Ontario. She was seen throughout Canada as host of CTV's version of Romper Room, a children's programme produced at CKCO's studios, she was born in Walkerton, raised in Peterborough and studied broadcasting at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. She was married twice and had three daughters, Susan and Judith; the annual Betty Thompson Golf Classic began in 1992 as a financial support for breast cancer education and research. She would die from this disease in four years after diagnosis. During her lifetime, Thompson would contribute to many charitable and community causes in Kitchener and its region; the causes included Big Sisters. During the four years she suffered from cancer, she discussed her disease, was an advocate for its treatment; the Betty Thompson Youth Centre, which opened in 1996 and has been run by Lutherwood since late 2000, is named after her. Betty began her career at CKCO following graduation from Ryerson.

She was hired to write commercials which were performed live. After leaving the station for a teaching career, she returned in 1971. In 1972-1975 she became the first host of national edition of Romper Room as "Miss Betty" airing on the CTV Television Network, she returned in 1992 for a 20th anniversary special, she hosted other shows such as Ladies First, The Flower Spot, Be My Guest, Tempo Ontario and Friends, numerous magazine shows and appeared at the Canadian National Exhibition. In 1992 she became the station's community relations coordinator. 1990: Kitchener Mayor's Dinner Honouree --: Rotary Club of Kitchener Paul Harris Fellow 1991: Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year by the twin-cities' Junior Chamber of Commerce 1992: Kitchener-Waterloo Cancer Society's fund raising campaign honorary chair 1995: Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Inductee 2007: Waterloo 150 Project - "Profiles of the Past and Future: Waterloo at 150" Betty Thompson-Bauman Region of Waterloo: Betty Thompson profile CTV Southwestern Ontario: Community Champions Betty Thompson Golf Classic - Zonta Club of Kitchener Waterloo

VuTV

VuTV was an IPTV Pay TV service available via "Channel 238", with Subscription TV channels available to subscribers with a broadband connected Freeview box. It was first demonstrated at the International Broadcasting Convention in September 2013 and was launched on 28 November 2013; the service closed after two years on 22 October 2015. The following channels were available Lifetime Comedy Central MTV CNN International History H2 Crime & Investigation Network Cartoon Network Boomerang Nickelodeon Nicktoons Nick Jr. Cartoonito VuTV utilised the MHEG-5 international standard for interactive television services as specified in the D-Book published by the Digital TV Group, it relied on the MHEG Interaction Channel for the delivery of applications and video content via IP. The video streams were encoded using H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, audio was encoded using Advanced Audio Coding and these were delivered encapsulated in an MPEG transport stream. Given the premium nature of the content, all channels were encrypted.

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