Silverstone Travel Guide

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Silverstone Things to Do

  • Parachute Regiment

    Before the race was started they have something like entertainment, a parachute regiment..Amazing...love it!

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  • walking, looking

    We were having fun walking around looking the area where we can set down:) That was my first time to visit the circuit and was a good experience as I enjoyed a lot.

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  • Motorsport heaven!!

    silverstone is a fantastic circuit to go to,good racing also my local circuit. formula 1,british superbikes, touring cars , also local circuit for who i work for spyker formula 1(used to be jorand grand prix)

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    The White Horse Inn...: Silverstone Central...

    by arturowan Written Dec 3, 2014

    The White Horse Inn is located in Silverstone village, & is therefore the local booser, though on international race weekends, in Tardis-fashion, it somehow manages to cram in a multi-lingual clientele!
    The White Horse was originally a coaching inn, & has traded from Stocks Hill, Silverstone, since the 17th Century...
    0n F1 weekends, the GP is screened inside the pub, (providing international time-zones permit this to occur...)
    0ther theme nights also happen throughout the year, such as at Hallowe'en...

    Dress Code: Casual

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Silverstone Transportation

  • London to Silverstone transit

    Just got back from the British GP. Sold out and packed with spectators. Highly recommend getting reserved seating. Got to the track late with gen admission tickets and could barely see the cars over the crowds of folks who got there early. Tranportation to the track was easy. Train from London Paddington to Northampton. Many busses awaiting for to...

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  • Start Early

    Start well in advance. The track has a capaciy of over hundred thousand and the approach roads are not equipped to handle this traffic. We reached there at 6.30 in the mornng for the one of clock grand prix

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    "the gulag"...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 20, 2014

    Luggage and bags: If it rains, baggage will be splashed with mud, so do not use your best gear for the so-called 'campsites'...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Silverstone's nickname is "the gulag", for 2 reasons;
    1 - its kms of wire-fencing;
    2 - it is always cold, being on the edge of Fenland, this exposed area receives unchecked, freezing gales - even when the sun is shining in mid-summer, it can feel below zero because of the wind chill factor, so come prepared!
    Silverstone is a winter testing track, so if you are a mechanic coming from abroad, bring thermals, waterproofs, & lined boots to withstand the freezing temperatures & especially the spine-chilling winds...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Portaloos are provided within the circuit perimeter & on some campsites, but the number provided for campers is insufficient for the numbers of people on site, & shower facilities are primitive - so be prepared!

    Photo Equipment: Silverstone provides great photographic opportunities - photographic supplies can be obtained from circuit kiosks...

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Accommodation is booked a year in advance for the British GP & Moto-GP, as faraway as Northampton & beyond, so if you are coming to spectate, the only option is to camp...
    There are no actual campsites at Silverstone, despite what the circuit might tell you - the camping grounds are in fact, farmers' fields with the sheep moved out for the weekend!
    Whether staying in a tent or caravan, be prepared for a wet weekend, which means a filthy weekend - the sheep fields soon churn-up with mud, which is not only sticky but smells of sheeps' urine, so go prepared with full waterproofs & wellington boots...

    Another wet day @ Silverstone... Rain... Grey skies... More rain... Gloom...
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Silverstone Sports & Outdoors

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    Silverstone...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    Silverstone was originally built as a WWII RAF bomber airbase in 1943
    It was converted into a racing circuit after the ceasing of hostilities, by simply adding turns between the 6-main runways, & lining the circuit with haybales...
    In this configuration it hosted the Britsh GP for the first time, as a rather amateur event, in 1948
    The following year, the British GP was organised by the RAC, who had taken over the responsibility to regulate all such events held in UK...
    Silverstone as a circuit has been in a constant state of evolution ever since its first introduction to staging motor sports, although as late as the mid-1980's, the layout was still clearly recognisable as the original 6 runways, but now linked with chicanes & lined with Armco barriers...
    A major re-design was brought to the track in 1990, when it was decided that modern F1 cornering speeds had at last outgrown the long straights & existing bends...
    The track was modified again in 1991, & in just 19 days in 1994, to reduce speeds, following the double-tragedy at that year's San Marino GP...
    Modern Silverstone bears slight resemblance to the old airfield circuit that it once was, although for the spectator, this origin is still obvious, from the exposed nature of the venue - even on a sunny day, you can be frozen solid as a bystander, hence the track's nickname, in combination with its kms of wire-mesh fencing - "the gulag"...
    Silverstone has earnt its title; "home of the British GP", but in my opinion, it is better watched on tv rather than visited, because the flat nature of the venue, makes it a poor spectator circuit, with action only really visible at the corner where you happen to be standing...
    There are much better tracks to watch motor sport at in England, most especially Brands Hatch or Donington Park (see separate tips...)
    Silverstone does not only stage the British GP, but also a full season of international & club racing, including;
    British Moto-GP
    FIA World Endurance Championship
    GP2 Series
    Euro F3
    British F3
    BTCC
    British Superbikes
    Threats to remove the British GP from Silverstone, have been persistent over the decades, as F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone has monopolised the staging of Grands Prix, so that only this track & Monaco organise their own GP...
    The British Racing Drivers Club organise the British GP, & though its status remains under threat from the ever-increasing number of races that Bernie Ecclestone wants to stage in Asian countries where there are few F1 fans to spectate, Silverstone Industrial Estate has the factories where many F1 cars are assembled - to take this race off the calendar would just be a senseless, petty act of vengence...

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    British GP...

    by arturowan Written Nov 21, 2014

    Favorite thing: If you are any sort of motor sports fan, you have to visit the British GP at least once in your life...
    A Grand Prix is a truly international event, with crowds at Silverstone numbering 120 000+ from all over the world, when I attended...
    As well as those who make the trek across Europe, what impresses me most is that fans travel from as faraway as Australia, Japan, & Brazil, so as to wave the flags for drivers of their own nationality - dedication indeed...
    Every GP, anywhere in the world will have Finnish flags waving, as well as the Italian tricolore, carried by representatives of the 'tifosi' - hardcore Ferrari fans who are very partisan about their F1
    All gather at Silverstone with a common interest, but with differing allegiances there is tension in the atmosphere, but unlike with some other sporting events, violence never occurs at the British GP...

    Fondest memory: 1992
    Despite paying £120+ for a 3-day ticket to the British GP, my best memory from the weekend was Thursday, when I was actually able to enter the circuit for free!
    F1 is a victim of its own success, in that it no longer sells paddock passes to the public, & even as a ticket holder it is almost impossible to get close to the cars & stars...
    But as an unofficial day, security is lax on a Thursady, so I was able to walk the pit-lane, while a F1 car was pushed passed me to undergo scrutineeering - it is amazing that these machines are not much higher than my kneecaps...
    Some of the drivers were also present in the pits, & I actually stood right alongside Mika Hakkinen - this when he was still at Team Lotus, & something of an unknown...
    Spectating at Silverstone means camping for the GP weekend, & although the circuit claims to have proper camping grounds, actually they are just fields belonging to local farmers, with the sheep removed for the duration of the meeting...
    People who do not care to rough-it, & who have the cash, arrive by helicopter - Sunday morning is like a scene from Apocalypse Now, with 1 rotary aircraft after another, landing & taking-off - Silverstone is busier than London Heathrow, that is a fact!
    Despite a few lager lout/boy racers, who only attend in order to make as much noise as possible, the camping at the British GP is crimefree, with a sense of comaraderie...

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