These pages will give you a background to a very special concession for Classic and Vintage Car owners. There are only two conditions to using the system:-
1. That the unit being tracked is fitted in a vehicle that does less than 5000 miles a year.
2. The owner is involved in some way with Brooklands i.e. Staff, Member, Volunteer, Friend, Exhibitor Trustee, etc.
A low cost GPS tracking system that reports your vehicle's location every couple of minutes when moving, its position being displayed on maps (both satellite view and traditional view as shown).
The devices are small (10x6x5 cm approx) and will fit vehicles with 9 to 36 volts negative, or positive earth. Battery drain is around 55ma (depending on status) and so a long standby is possible. The units are supplied by MTS (My Tracking Service).
The map server has the ability to 'Geo-fence' your property and send you an email when the vehicle leaves the Geo-fenced area.
The server can even be used on your phone to overlay Google's live traffic information around your location to see the quickest way home.
The information will be stored on the server for around 3 months, or you can download it and keep it forever.
The one-off cost for the unit is normally £75 - £85, but for those who are associated with Brooklands (see above) it is just £55 (no VAT).,
Then the only other cost is the monthly airtime charge of £7.50 (less than 25p a day), which also includes hosting charges, map usage and license, plus seven days a week phone support. The contract can be cancelled at anytime with 30 days notice.
.Installation is straightforward with just a fused positive and negative feed required. For all open vehicles (or those with glass sunroofs cloth or fibreglass tops) under the vehicles centre console or carpet is good.
For saloons under the dashboard, or rear parcel shelf will normally work, if the window is of a reasonable size. Of course fibre glass or wooden bodies are the easiest, along with motorbikes.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to take advantage of this offer, please email using the contact option at the top of this page.
If there is anything you are not certain of, or are concerned about, again email, or phone and we will try to put your mind a rest. The units come with detailed installation instructions and there is always the helpline if you get stuck.
This scheme was set up by Andy Lambert after a conversation with Martin Strick about the recent spate of attempted and sometimes successful classic vehicle thefts. It was especially concerning when it affects those cars that support and visit the Museum regularly.
Andy's background is in vehicle recovery, he was founder and for many years MD of the National Rescue Group. During the late nineties he helped develop a vehicle tracking solution for the National Rescue fleet and later marketed it to other recovery operators under the brand name MTS. When he retired he kept an interest in MTS and was able to put together this deal for his friends and fellow enthusiasts involved with Brooklands.
Of course it is important to understand that, along with any other tracking device, this system is only ever going to be a deterrent. It will show you where the vehicle is now and where it has been, what speed it was doing and the time when it passed data points. It may not however ward of all evil spirits and the scum that wants to steal your hard work.
All that said, if it is well hidden, there is a very good chance you will be able to guide the police to its location in the event of a theft. Nevertheless this does not mean that it should be considered as a replacement for common sense and traditional security methods like locking the car.