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Old 17th November 2023, 16:45   #1
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Visit to the prestigious Silverstone F1 Circuit & Museum, UK

Prologue:
My current profession as a part of the senior leadership team of a German MNC demands quite some travel to the Europe, US, Middle-east and South East Asia once every 3 months or so.

When I am to Europe, most of the times it's just short stays at UK, Germany or the Czech Republic for around 10 days mapped with super loaded schedules of meetings followed by late dinners leaving little to no time to go around. My recent visit was to the United Kingdom a couple of weeks ago. This time around, I had the chance to breath a little non-business air and so came-in the privilege to visit the Silverstone F1 Circuit and museum with some amazing artifacts from the racing world.

Monologue:
The entry into the lobby area is greeted with a splendid atmosphere and was fantabulous to say the least. With Silverstone, the history dates back around world war II when the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) in the 1940s was looking for a racing track to promote racing and discovered a few ex-RAF (Royal Air Force) airfields at Silverstone and with a few modifications, they might very well be converted into fantastic race tracks.

And so, in 1948, marked the first milestone of impromptu racing which in the later years has graduated into many prestigious Grand Prix at the infamous Silverstone F1 Racing Circuit of the world. The track surprisingly not only hosts Global Grand Prix races but also lets club racers have fun with their race/track tuned beauties as well.

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Epilogue:
Please pardon my ignorance if I have missed clicking the right images with the right perspectives of view engaging more attention to detail and holding more information to feed. Given the short time I was able to spare at the track, the F1 simulation network gaming and the museum, I tried my best to capture what best I could from my smartphone’s camera (a Fold 4’s camera – well, not the best but ain’t the worst too ).

Hope you do enjoy the clicks. Cheers.

A Mercedes F1 car hung suspended from the roof greets our way-in.
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Followed by a warm welcome with grandeur by three legendary bikes.
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The Triumph Moto2 765 Prototype was very interesting of the lot.
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A peek from the top section gives a nice view of what’s more to explore.
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A wonderful 3D projected presentation showcasing the evolution of the Silverstone circuit.
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This is one of the most exciting exhibit – The very first prototype of track car embedded with a 500cc motorcycle engine. These were the very first set of wheels to ever run on the track.
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And this is how the race car has evolved into during the 1960s.
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Evolution into the 70s | The Viking built by Alan Baille in his workshop. He won 21 races from 1972-76 using the same car including the Monoposto Formula Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
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”7UP” Jordan 191 | Often described as the best looking F1 car ever made. Well, to me looks are subjective �� but what makes it special is the fact that this was the car that legend - Michael Schumacher made his Formula one debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1991.
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Williams FW14B | Crown jewel of Williams which enabled Nigel Mansell win 9 out of 16 races including the 1st place in the 1992 British Gran Prix at Silverstone. With FW14B Williams design team introduced several advanced features including semi-automatic gearbox, traction control, active suspension, and a blown diffuser.
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Williams FW16C | The one designed with no technical aids such as traction control and active suspension after the ban by FIA for 1994 season excelled every race in the season launching Damon Hill to the position of team leader.
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Some more stars of Formula one….
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McLaren MP4/15 | Mclaren’s 2000 Formula One Championship Car driven by David Coulthard who finished the season in 3rd place after 3 wins and 11 podium finishes.
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The Legendary Brawn BGP001 | A clear example of why Honda Racing shouldn’t have given up the team in December 2008, smartly taken over as a management buy-out by Ross Brawn, the then team Principal going ahead to win 6 of 7 races from the season in 2009, to be later acquired by Daimler forming the Mercedes Formula One Team in 2010.
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Red Bull RB10 | Redbull’s 1st ever V6 Turbo-engined F1 Car driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettal during the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
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SET 2: Continued...

The Doctor’s 1st world championship winning bike | Aprilia RS125 – Valentino Rossi’s first ever World Championship win from the 125cc class was in 1997, riding this Aprilia RS125. He stormed to the championship that year, winning 11 out of 15 races!
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The beginning of a new era – Rallying & Karting comes to Silverstone!
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Rover Vitesse | A classic from the 70s-80s. Jog any resemblance/memories from the 80s? Yup, that's the Standard 2000, a re-badged version of the Rover SD1 produced from 1985-1988 in India by the Standard Motor Products of India Ltd.
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Signatures from the Briefing Attendance Register of the first batch of drivers ever to rally at Silverstone.
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Official Drivers Signing-on Register of the Shell Oils British Grand Prix from 1987 at Silverstone.
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To the left are the racing leathers and helmet from the 1960s. To the right is the racing suit and helmet from the 1970s. It’s quite interesting to notice how the riding gear evolved from leathers with just a head-top helmet to racing suits coupled with a full faced helmet.
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Notice the small perforation just below the visor in the center of the chin protector on the helmet. That's the driver's drinking water inlet during the 70s.
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Lewis Hamilton's Gear | That's the helmet, Lewis Hamilton presented to the Duke of Sussex to celebrate the opening of the Silverstone Experience in March 2020.
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Modern Moto GP race suits | Custom and handmade using Kangaroo skin/Cow hide and actually weigh a lot more than the modern fireproof formula one suits as they are now equipped with drinking water, cooling ducts and electronics.
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Formula E promotion vehicle spotted at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre near the Royal Victorian Docks, London.
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Random clicks of some beautiful machines on the streets of London and Windsor
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One of my colleague's rental bike for the week | BMW S1000xr | 999cc | ~165BHP | 114Nm Torque
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My Rental car for the week | Mercedes GLE 400d | 3000cc | ~330BHP | 700Nm Torque
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Video shot at the Silverstone F1 Circuit | Club Races

Missed uploading the following video shot at the actual track when a couple of club racings were in action. Would be interesting to watch at 0:36 secs as a Mazda Mx5 - Miata (Car No. 57) gets hit and does a donut on the track, narrowly misses getting hit by the other cars, gets off-track into the grass and heads-on to join the race after the corner.

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