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Museum dedicated to motorsport to open at Silverstone

A long-awaited museum dedicated to motorsport will open at Silverstone in Northamptonshire this week.

The 20-million-pound Silverstone Experience was supposed to open before the British Grand Prix this summer, but was delayed when its building contractor went bust.

Now back on track, the museum aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by offering an insight into the venue's historic roots. It promises to show the science behind the sport as well as displaying iconic cars and bikes.

The 20 million-pound Silverstone Experience was supposed to open before the British grand prix this summer Credit: Silverstone Experience

Archive items on display for the launch include a driver scrapbook from the 1940s, 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, and Michael Schumacher.

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."

It promises to show the science behind the sport as well as displaying historic cars Credit: Silverstone Experience

"Silverstone's history goes way beyond motor racing and it has a rich heritage and social community, something we sought to bring out in our designs and storytelling. The attraction has been designed for a spectrum of demographics, not just motorsports fans."

– Paul Lee, Mather & Co design director