Silverstone to open £20m motorsport museum
A £20m museum dedicated to motorsport is to open at the British home of Formula 1 with nearly half the money coming from a lottery grant.
Leading names from the sport including Sir Stirling Moss and Nico Rosberg have welcomed the announcement of the museum for Silverstone.
It will display dozens of Formula 1 and other racing cars and bikes along with personal items from famous drivers.
The centre is due to open in 2019 after the £9.1m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg, whose father Keke achieved a record-breaking fastest qualifying lap at the Northamptonshire circuit in 1985, said: "The heritage of the sport is massively important - and it has such an incredible heritage.
"I hope one day I will be able to go to the centre and see all the stuff there."
The Silverstone Heritage Experience will be housed in the only remaining World War Two hangar on the former aerodrome site and is expected to attract about 500,000 visitors a year.
A collections and research centre encompassing an archive for the British Racing Drivers' Club and other motorsport collections will also be based there.
Sir Stirling Moss, who as an 18-year-old raced at the first British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1948, said the museum was "important" to the sport's history.
He said: "I think for people who go up there, they'll see what it is all about. See how things started - what has been done."
The museum will offer circuit tours, while the latest technology will chart the stories of drivers and people who have had ties to the site back to medieval times.
Sally Reynolds, chief executive of Silverstone Heritage, said: "It's the very centre of global motorsport but that story isn't told anywhere and it's also important to tell the fantastic history of British motor racing."