Alan had been a member of the team since it earliest days and although he is no longer with us, much of the original equipment used by the group (like the wing toast rack, spreading beams tow bars and Milly) were built, or repaired by him.
He had promised to return to the team once he retired from maintaining the fleet at National Rescue, but sadly fate robed us of him when he passed away in 2017. He will always be remembered as the one member of the team we all wanted to work with.
Brian was there right at the start of the team and was involved in the first ever job undertaken by what would become BREAST, collecting the 'weigh in' scales now in the Club House back in 1985. Brian always moaned about everything and everyone, but no one took him seriously, he is also a great practical joker.
He left the team around 2000 to go off and do thing away from recovery, but will no doubt turn up again one day.
Tony is rumoured to be an eccentric millionaire playboy, who just likes hanging around the Museum to keep away from his many lady friends. Whatever the reasons if there is a precise and difficult bit of engineering needed, he is the man you ask for (as long as you are not wanting it yesterday)
He has been with the team since 1989 and has been involved in nearly all the teams jobs, his great love is working on Milly the team's AEC Recovery Vehicle.
Steve had been a volunteer at Brooklands since the very early days and could make things difficult for the management if they did not see things his way. However he was liked and respect by all that knew him and although we never really saw him as an official BREAST team member, he was always there ready to get stuck in with the rest of the team.
This was never more true than when we were moving things around in one of the two areas he called his own, the Balloon Hangar and the Stratospheric Chamber. We lost Steve in 2014 after a short battle with Cancer
Photos of John are rare as most of the time he is taking them. These ones will have to do until a better one comes along. John is a true grafter always the first to get stuck in when needed, but he is also a deep thinker and has a keen interest in the work done by his fellow volunteers.
It was largely because John took some time recording the work done by volunteers at Brooklands between 2004 and 2010 that this website came about allowing us to form a record of what our little group had done.
Julian it is rumoured joined Brooklands Museum staff just after Noah had docked the Arc.
Because he was staff for many years we could not really include him as a volunteer, but recently his circumstances has changed and he can now officially be part of team. We all know he is the 'Driving Force' behind much of what BREAST has achieved over the years as well as the provider of the cakes and biscuits.
Jeff is one of those guys who turns up to help when you least expect it. You can be struggling to move something and think to yourself we could use an extra couple of guys and then he appears!
He is also of great help when you want something researched and has even got clips of our work included in a couple of local publications.
When he is not on site with BREAST, Kai is busy thrashing out Vivaldi on the High Streets of Southern England, entertaining the masses with his violin.
Kai is the proud keeper of one of the Hawker Hunters at Brooklands and joined BREAST in 2005 when the team recovered his Hunter from Wycombe Air Park, Booker. When at the Museum he can often be seen with his camera catching the rest of us at work.
Maurice became involved with Brooklands Museum in the early Nineties after a successful career in the gas industry. During his early life, he served with the RAF as an armourer. He had a long interest in sport and athletics and spent much of his spare time as an athletics coach. Several Olympic athletes were coached by him. His volunteer work at Brooklands included restoring many of Barnes Wallis weapons exhibits and being a member of the Airfield and Vimy ground crew teams. Sadly we lost Maurice in 2019 after a long illness
One of the legends of our time! We welcomed Mick into BREAST in 1988 when he started to dismantle the Brooklands Varsity at Sibson Airfield and we had to collect it. From then until his untimely death in March 2010, he never stopped amazing us with his ability to work in the most difficult of conditions.
Over the years we were involved with him on many other Brooklands Projects and of course heard the stores of his many achievements, with other groups. Even after illness robbed him of one of his limbs, he still could be found crawling around in his beloved Britannia Charlie Fox. RIP Mate you were special!
Nik also became involved with Brooklands Museum in the early Nineties having started his career as an avionics engineer in the Fleet Air Arm. Prior to these he had been an air cadet and went to school in Cranleigh under the flight path to Dunsfold. He is one of four licensed Radio Amateurs on the team.
A few years ago he went and lived "Up North" (beyond Milton Keynes) to try and get away from us but he still comes back when it has something to do with his beloved Vimy and 1-11
Martin is one of the main stays of the modern team he is involved in much site work outside of the team and maintains much of the Museums fleet. He is also the keeper of the workshop and the person everyone goes to when they want to know where to find something,
Don't let his compact size fool you, when the 'going gets tough' he can swear as loud as any of us and is a real asset.
Paul always had the capability no matter how hard the job is, to keep smiling and working at it until it is done. As well as being a hard working member of the team for about twenty odd years Paul was also a gifted Professional BBC Cameraman, who will help AndysVideos filming events.
Sadly in 2014 we lost Paul to Sepsis, while still only in his forties. The team were of course devastated and we all know that he will be imposable to replace.
Paul is a large than life character, who has been with the team since almost the beginning albeit on and off. His speciality is seeing the way out of a tricky situation and demolishing no longer needed port-cabin with his bare hands (and a crowbar)!
As fit as they come, Paul is also a trained Paramedic, an expert on Health and Safety as well as Risk Assessment. He holds certificates for almost all plant and vehicles as well as being a full trained Rescue Operative. In a nut shell, we all hate him!
Roger is a very old hand at aviation rescue and has been involved in various other organisation's rescue and restoration projects. His involvement with our team goes back to our very first aircraft recoveries and over the years he brought a huge amount of knowledge to our various larger endeavours.
Sadly Roger has also passed on (in 2016) and is no doubt now with his great buddy Mick Bates, telling the good lord how to improve things.
Ron was one of the cornerstones of Brooklands Museum in the Nineties, but he still found time to come and play with the Team. His aviation engineering background, meant he could often tell the less experienced members of the team, the best way of achieving a good result.
He holds the dubious distinction of being the only Team member so far, to have suffered a serious injury on a rescue, when Milly's winch tried to eat his finger, just a few moment after the first image was taken. The second image shows Ron on the steps of the Vanguard he preserved and loved so much. Ron sadly passed away on in 2006.
Steve was introduced to the team by Roger Hargreaves, during the early nineties and has popped in and out of it ever since.
Shown in the first picture on the radio guiding an expensive rig carrying a Vickers Vimy over a car park curb, he is an experienced Ops Manger and is said to cook a mean bacon breakfast! Currently he somewhere a little warmer than England looking after Aeroplanes in Doha, but we know if we need him he will come.
Ben has only been with us for a few years, but time and time again he has proved his worth like Paul his is very strong so when there is heavy work the rest of the team stand back and watch them do it.
Ben is an electrician by trade which is useful, but his real love is carpentry and so the team use those skills whenever they can.
Mike is an old friend of Andy’s and as the owner of a large recovery company it is Mike that Andy often goes to for help with specialist equipment that the team do not possess.
Over the years Mike has loaned Low Loaders, Flat Beds, Telehandler and much more. However more often than not he gets stuck in to help the team, because he loves being 'hands on' at the sharp end. In the images he can be seen doing a rear lift on Wellington and transporting a Vimy fuselage.
Peter is another old friend of Andy’s and joined the Museum soon after he retired to look after their poorly documented but never the less unique history in this area (the first two way air to ground communication was achieved there back in 1913, along with many other radio first).
Peter has a wide area of expertise and is always ready to learn about the methods used in both aircraft and vehicle recovery.
Stephen joined the team at the end of 2016 and the first job he did was to wrap string around Milly's steering wheel to help people to "get a grip" as he put it. Milly paid him back by pouring hydraulic fluid on him when we changed her PTO pump.
When not helping the Team Stephen currently spends a lot of his time looking after the Museums Hawker Hurricane amongst other aircraft.
Andy is really the founder member of the team, as when he was MD of National Rescue, it was himself that Brooklands Museum's Mike Goodall first approached about the collection of exhibits in the spring of 1985.
Those first jobs were undertaken by Alan, Brian and Andy, but as the team has changed over the years, Andy has remained at the centre of activities (despite claiming he has 'served his term' and should now really be out on Parole).