Village ready to welcome F1 fans

Aerial view of Silverstone Circuit taken by Buckingham resident and mircolite pilot John Ganderton on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
Aerial view of Silverstone Circuit taken by Buckingham resident and mircolite pilot John Ganderton on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
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Villagers in Silverstone are once again preparing to 
welcome Formula One fans 
attending the British Grand Prix this weekend.

Peter Byng, editor of the Silverstone parish magazine, said the village was looking forward to welcoming race fans from across the globe, with the only request being that those driving to the circuit use official car parks or park sensible in the village centre.

He said: “It has been building up all week, there’s an awful lot of Spanish sounding visitors but they could just as easily be Argentinian or Brazilian!

“On the whole it’s just good fun and, after all, no one who’s moved to village since 1948 should have any complaints about the noise and traffic –no-one could possibly move here without knowing its is associated with the Grand Prix!”

Last year, 80,000 people attended the Friday practice session, 90,000 attended the Saturday session and 127,000 were at the circuit on race day.

During this weekend around 6,000 bottles of champagne will be drunk by those attending the race, alongside 20,000 bottles of water. And if all the sausages eaten during the weekend were lined up, it would stretch for 1.08miles –equivalent to the length of Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit.

Official figures suggest British Grand Prix fans contribute £44 million to the county economy every year.

The A43 one-way system starts today, Friday, at 4.3opm. For more information and videos, follow the links on this story at www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk.