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To many, the roar of Formula 1 Grand Prix racing and Silverstone are synonomous. The 5.138 km track straddles the border of Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire a few miles south of Towcester. It was previously RAF Silverstone, a World War II bomber base and the outline of the three runways can still be seen in the layout of the track. In 1948, Silverstone hosted the British Grand Prix for the first time and two years later it was the venue for the new Formula 1 World Championship’s first race, won by Guiseppe Farina. In the following years, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Aintree all took turns to host the British Grand Prix, but Silverstone was the one that became the event’s permanent host in 1987. In 2004, deteriorating facilities brought uncertainties over whether the venue would be on the next year’s race calendar - but its place as British Grand Prix host has now been confirmed until 2009 and plans to bring the course up to 21st Century standards are under discussion.

Photo: Courtesy Silverstone Circuits Ltd

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