The Silverstone Experience: London's new museum for F1 fanatics

Formula One fans may end up being starved for live action in 2020 but the home to the very first F1 world championship race in 1950, 112 kilometres northwest of London, is now home to a new attraction that just might help fill the void.

Housed in a 1943 hangar that was originally built as the Wellington Bomber command unit at the World War II RAF Silverstone training airbase, The Silverstone Experience is dedicated to all things F1. It starts with The Grid, an audio-visual display that takes fans on a journey through 70 years of motor racing history before moving on to the opportunity to watch footage from the first British Grand Prix held at Silverstone. Guests can also sit in a replica of a car from the race.

"Era stations" are furnished with cars, bikes and objects from the history of the circuit, including motor cycle legend Barry Sheene's 1979 Suzuki RG500 XR27 and Nigel Mansell's 1992 Williams FW14B. There are helmets belonging to the likes of Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill as well as current world champ, Lewis Hamilton.

Guest can have a go at commentating on a grand prix and meet a hologram of British legend Sir Jackie Stewart, then learn about the science behind the sport in the Tech Lab.

And then there's the finale: the Ultimate Lap of Silverstone attraction in which visitors experience 16 iconic Silverstone moments in one lap, featuring an all-star commentary team including Murray Walker, Martin Brundle and David Croft.

From £10 (children 5-15), £16 (concession) and £20 (adults). See silverstone-experience.co.uk

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