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Silverstone gears up for 50th British Grand Prix

Jun 29, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

In the UK, Silverstone is dubbed the “home of motor racing” such is its importance in Britain’s motorsport landscape, and this year it prepares to host its most famous race – the British Grand Prix – for the fiftieth time.

The British Grand Prix is just one of two races that has been held in every Formula 1 world championship season, with the other being the Italian Grand Prix. In fact, the very first world championship grand prix was held at Silverstone back in 1950, with Giuseppe Farina winning the race for Alfa Romeo.

However, the race has moved away from Silverstone on a number of occasions, albeit never on a permanent basis. Between 1955 and 1962, it shared hosting rights with Aintree Circuit in the north of England, and then alternated with Brands Hatch until 1986.

The decision was then taken to keep the race at Silverstone, but 2009 was due to be its last British Grand Prix after Donington Park was awarded the hosting rights. When the circuit’s funding fell through, though, Silverstone picked up the contract. Thanks to extensive redevelopment, the track is set to host the race until 2027.

Just as Indianapolis is to American racing fans, Silverstone is to the British. For the fiftieth time, F1 cars will fire up at Silverstone next Sunday to vie for victory at the British Grand Prix, and you can be sure that a bumper crowd will be cheering them on.

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