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2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the first British Grand Prix to be held at Silverstone. But it wasn’t as glamorous as the F1 events we know today.

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The First International Race

Previously an RAF airfield used during the Second World War, Silverstone’s three runways can still be identified within the outlines of the track. The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) leased the land from the Air Ministry in 1948, when hay bales and canvas screens were erected to protect the crops and piggery inside the circuit for the event, which attracted 100,000 people.

The First F1 Grand Prix

After its initial racing successes, Silverstone was chosen as the first circuit to host the brand new Formula 1 World Championship in 1950. It is one of only four circuits still used in the modern F1 calendar, along with Monza, Spa and Monaco. In 1951, the British Racing Drivers’ Club …

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