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Grand Prix Gloucestershire?
The F1 Connection
By Don Craig
Did you know that Gloucestershire is home to a hotbed of talent when it comes to Formula One motor racing, both on and off the track? BBC Gloucestershire's Don Craig investigates...
At first glance you might think that a rural county like Gloucestershire has anything to do with the multi-million pound industry of Formula One and motor racing. But it turns out that we're well and truly on the Grand Prix map. BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Don Craig takes up the story...
Don Craig investigates the county's F1 connections
"Being a bit of a petrol head I knew there were some Gloucestershire connections with F1 racing but I was surprised, after doing some research, at just how much there actually is.
"My interest in all forms of racing started in the mid 1960’s which was after Stroud’s own F1 driver Jack Lewis had retired! I spent an enthralling morning talking to Jack about his life in Stroud and his time racing in the era renowned as the most dangerous in the sport's history.
Nico Rosberg in action in Australia (Getty Images)
"I also visited one of the county's leading technological companies which provides parts for every car on an F1 grid - Moog Controls Ltd. based in Ashchurch. I talked to the staff about what they do and how they feel being involved in a global sport.
"One of the leading engineers in F1 also lives in Gloucestershire. Richard Marshall works for world championship winning team Renault and he told me about the drivers he's worked with.
"Finally, I spent a day with the Williams Grand Prix test team as they tried out their newest car at Kemble Airfield just days before it was shipped to Australia for the first race of the 2008 season. "I was able to get an interview with No. 1 driver Nico Rosberg about why he was at Kemble and what it means to him to be an F1 driver."
Use the links of this page to listen to Don Craig's Formula One features and to view our "Gloucestershire's Grand Prix Connections" photos...
last updated: 14/05/2008 at 14:35
Have Your Say
Do you know of any other Formula One connections with Gloucestershire? Don Craig would love to hear from you...