HLF #ThanksToYou Campaign
29th November 2018
The Silverstone Experience – December fun thanks to The National Lottery #ThanksToYou
From 3-9 December 2018 National Lottery players will have a chance to enter a raffle and win one of twelve pairs of tickets to visit The Silverstone Experience, a brand new visitor attraction opening in spring 2019.
The idea is simple: purchase a National Lottery ticket, includes National Lottery draw-based games and National Lottery Scratchcards, d...
Silverstone Legend - Sir Jackie Stewart
23rd November 2018
On 8th November, motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart came to Silverstone to be filmed in preparation for his appearance in the exhibition. Visitors will meet Sir Jackie in the medical centre where he will feature as a life size projection, talking about the evolution of track and driver safety and about the pioneering work of Professor Sid Watkins. Sir Jackie will also feature in the exhibition as one of Silverstone’s legends winning the British Grand Prix at...
Silverstone Legend – Nigel Mansell
23rd November 2018
Last month our Director of Collections, Exhibitions and Learning, Vicky Worpole travelled to Jersey to interview Silverstone legend, Nigel Mansell about his racing career. We’re thrilled to confirm that the Williams FW14B that he drove to victory at Silverstone in 1992 will be on display at the Silverstone Experience when it opens next spring.
1992 was finally Nigel Mansell’s year in the F1 World Championship. In the dominant Williams FW14B he would win 9 of the 16 races that sea...
Silverstone's 70th anniversary
2nd October 2018
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the first race held at Silverstone, the International Grand Prix, won by Luigi Villoresi.
In June 1948 it was announced by the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) that a Grand Prix was to be run at Silverstone in October 1948. President of the BRDC, Earl Howe, drove around Europe enticing drivers to come and compete, while ex-RAF pilot Jimmy Brown was hired to turn the old RAF base into a race track in only 10 weeks.
The race track was creat...
HRH Prince Harry Breaks Ground
12th March 2018
His Royal Highness Prince Harry visited Silverstone today – in his capacity as Royal patron of The Silverstone Experience – to officially start the construction programme on the £19.3 million project due for completion in spring 2019.
Truck racing at Silverstone!
26th February 2018
Silverstone has hosted a large range of racing over its 70 year history, not just F1, including motorbikes, karts, rally cars, touring cars and trucks!
Marshals play key role
26th February 2018
Marshals have played a crucial part in the history of Silverstone and have been at Silverstone since the very first race.
In the 1950s, marshals had very little training and wore white coats, their main challenge was to keep crowds off the track.
Marshals are now highly trained and each performs a specific role, including:-
- Flag marshals who use coloured flags to signal drivers and riders
- Pit lane marshals who keep the pit lane running smoothly
World War II bomber command training base
20th February 2018
During the Second World War Silverstone was a bomber command training base and was home to 17 Operational Training Unit (OTU). Aircrews at Silverstone learnt to fly Wellington bombers, which were built at the pre-War motor racing circuit, Brooklands.
Silverstone became an RAF base in 1941 after the Air Ministry requisitioned 600 acres of farmland the circuit now sits on. The area was seen as being perfect for an airfield due to its flat and breezy nature.
Originally six aircraft...
Oral Histories Gain Momentum
14th December 2017
An important part of the project is to gather oral histories from a wide range of people who have been connected to the circuit.