Motor sports fans, get ready to experience Silverstone in a whole new way thanks to a brand new £20million attraction opening in the UK!
The Silverstone Experience is a new interactive offering opening at the Silverstone track in Northampshire this month, and it's sure to be a hit with anyone obsessed with the sport.
We're talking an archive of the British Raching Drivers' Club (BRDC) which will go on display inside a former Second World War RAF hangar.
Think a replica car from the very first British Grand Prix (yes, you can sit in it), cars, bikes and objects that have played a huge part in the circuit's history, and even memorabilia such as helmets belonging to Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill.
Visitors will learn about the science behind the modern-day sport, as well as seeing historic cars and bikes such as Barry Sheene’s 1979 Suzuki and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 British Grand Prix-winning Williams.
Other highlights include a valuable collection of BRDC gold stars won by Formula 1 champion James Hunt and a 1992 grand prix signing-on sheet featuring the signatures of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mansell and Damon Hill.
There will also be interactive elements including learning how to pilot a Wellington Bomber in a recreated training machine.
The experience is a project that's been seven years in the making and has already seen support from the likes of Prince Harry, Sir Jackie Stewart, Formula 1 engineer Ross Brawn and commentator Murray Walker.
The charity behind the initiative, Silverstone Heritage Ltd, was awarded a grant of £9.1million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and says it's aiming to 'inspire the next generation of engineeers with the hands-on family attraction'.
There will also be plenty of archive footage and a special-effects cinema showing the 'Ultimate Lap of Silverstone' to bring the whole experience to life for visitors, as well as a Heritage Track Trail.
Sally Reynolds, CEO of Silverstone Heritage Ltd, said: "Creating a home to tell the historic story of Silverstone was first discussed by the BRDC as long ago as 1971, so I am immensely proud to see this seven-year long project come to fruition.
"The talented and committed team of staff and suppliers behind the project have built an exceptional attraction that will inspire visitors with its incredible stories."
Want to visit?
The new attraction will open its doors on Friday 25th October. It will be open daily except for Christmas day, and will also feature an on-site café and gift shop.
Adult ticket prices start from £20, child ticket prices from £10 when bought in advance. You can find out more on the official Silverstone Experience website .
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