A New Zealander by birth, Allan holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a post-graduate diploma in journalism. In a 29-year career in publishing, he spent 9 years as Editor and a further 5 years as Publisher of Flight International and Airline Business.
Since 2003, he has been Director of Brooklands Museum in Surrey, where he is responsible for a collection of 35 aircraft ranging from early pioneers through to Concorde (and the world’s only operational Concorde simulator). He gives particular attention to celebrating Brooklands’ role as the most productive aircraft manufacturing site in Europe, expanding its already substantial education service aimed at inspiring young people to study science, technology and engineering subjects, as well as highlighting its wealth of motor-racing heritage.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers, and past Chairman of the Aviation Club of the UK.
In his spare time, Allan competes in vintage motorsport with his 1929 3-litre Bentley.
Brooklands – the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 – was more than a great sporting arena. It was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. It was the site of many world records in speed and endurance and during its 80 year tenure as an aviation centre, 18,900 aircraft of some 260 different types were first produced or flown from Brooklands.
The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10, BAC One-Eleven and the only Concorde with public access in South East England. With displays in original buildings, motoring and aviation events and an extensive learning programme for schools and colleges, the past is brought to life again for over 185,000 visitors a year.
The Museum is open 360 days a year from 10am to 4pm (10am – 5pm in summer). This November, we open a brand new facility: The Brooklands Aircraft Factory which is part of an £8M Heritage Lottery Funded project that will show visitors how aircraft were made here with interactive displays, assembly lines and workshops.
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