Brands Hatch circuit started life as a grass and dirt track back in 1926 and was primarily used for bike racing and time trials in its early years.
Only after the Second World War was a proper tarmac circuit constructed in the natural amphitheatre that surrounds the circuit, with the famous Grand Prix loop being added in 1959.
In 1964, the venue played host to the British Grand Prix for the first time, with Jim Clark securing victory in his Lotus-Climax ahead of Graham Hill and John Surtees for an all-British podium.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda and Nigel Mansell were amongst the other drivers to win Formula 1 races at the Kent circuit, the latter securing his maiden victory in the 1985 European GP and the last ever F1 win at Brands Hatch a year later.
Despite the best efforts of some of the circuits owners since then, F1 hasn't returned to Brands Hatch although the circuit – renowned for its superb viewing on the shorter Indy layout – still plays host to an impressive list of championships each season, with British Superbikes, British and World Touring Cars, the DTM and the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport all featuring on the circuit's schedule on a regular basis. World Superbikes no longer run at Brands Hatch after a deal to run at the circuit couldn't be reached for the 2009 season.
The circuit also features a wide variety of other events during the year, catering for everything from club level car and bike meetings to truck racing, while Brands Hatch will also be used as a training camp for road cycling teams ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Its location close to the English capital ensures the Brands Hatch regularly draws in large crowds, with visitors from outside the area also able to enjoy the various sights that London and the surrounding area has to offer, with a wide variety of hotels, museums and other attractions on the circuit's doorstep.
Brands Hatch is now owned by Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision group, which also owns Oulton Park, Snetterton, Cadwell Park and the Bedford Autodrome.