£9.1m boost for sil­ver­stone

Flag­ship cir­cuit to get her­itage vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and ar­chive cen­tre

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Sil­ver­stone’s her­itage di­vi­sion has been granted £9.1 mil­lion from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, lay­ing the ground­work for new ex­hi­bi­tions and an ar­chive.

The Sil­ver­stone Her­itage Ex­pe­ri­ence will open its doors in spring 2019, fea­tur­ing a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion tak­ing vis­i­tors on a two-hour jour­ney through mo­tor rac­ing past, present and fu­ture. It will be housed in the only re­main­ing WWII hangar on the site, which will be fully re­fur­bished and re-clad to cre­ate an au­then­tic back­drop.

Fa­mous par­tic­i­pat­ing cars and faces have yet to be con­firmed, but there will be a col­lec­tions and re­search cen­tre, of­fer­ing mu­seum and ar­chive ac­cred­ited stor­age for the unique Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club ar­chive and other mo­tor sport col­lec­tions. There will also be a spe­cial­ist li­brary and learn­ing space for school groups. A series of themed tours vis­it­ing iconic sites around the cir­cuit are also in the plan­ning stages.

Clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts will fur­ther ben­e­fit from re­lated events held at Sil­ver­stone, such as the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic. Event di­rec­tor Nick Wigley says that the her­itage ex­pe­ri­ence will be used in con­junc­tion with the Clas­sic. He says: ‘We are de­lighted that the Sil­ver­stone Her­itage Ex­pe­ri­ence has been awarded this sig­nif­i­cant grant. Sil­ver­stone has a re­mark­able his­tory, hav­ing hosted the very first round of the FIA For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­onship, and, the new Ex­pe­ri­ence will pro­vide those com­ing to the Clas­sic with yet an­other ap­peal­ing di­men­sion to the world’s big­gest clas­sic mo­tor rac­ing fes­ti­val.’

Sally Reynolds, CEO of Sil­ver­stone Her­itage Limited, adds: ‘We were de­lighted to hear that our bid has been suc­cess­ful. This means that work on the project can start in the New Year and that the Sil­ver­stone Her­itage Ex­pe­ri­ence can open to the pub­lic in the spring of 2019.’

‘The new ex­pe­ri­ence will add an­other di­men­sion to the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic’

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