Silverstone was opened as a World War Two airfield in 1943, near the leafy village of the same name. Once the war had ended in 1945 Britain was left with a number of redundant airfields but without a major race track Donington Park was still a military vehicle storage depot, Brooklands had been sold off, Crystal Palace was in a state of disrepair and Brands Hatch was still under-developed.
The Royal Automobile Club was interested in Silverstone as a potential site and approached the Air Ministry in 1948 and a lease was arranged. At this time the centre of Silverstone Circuit was a farm producing cereal crops and also a piggery so the RAC employed farmer James Wilson Brown to create the first Grand Prix circuit at the site and gave him just two months to build it.
Now in 2011 the newly renovated paddock and pits and the addition of the new “Arena” section has made sure that Silverstone remains the home of British Formula 1 and won MotoGP from Donnington.
Also one of the improved offering is the addition of a well operated Track Club track day to offer you the famous Silverstone experience. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned veteran, have your own car or want to hire a car from the Silverstone Fleet, Silverstone Track Days allows you to test and hone your skills on multiple circuit configurations and enjoy a whole host of other benefits.
Not only do you and your guest (2 passes) get free drinks and food throughout the day, You might even be lucky enough to drive a new car from the many invited manufacturers.