With the iconic British Grand Prix taking place at Silverstone this weekend, three days of excitement, speed and drama are guaranteed - but before the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber take to the track to duel it out for glory, we take a look at some of the past masters to have won over the hearts of fans around the celebrated 'Home of British Motor Racing'.

The following has been compiled by our friends at GetMeIn.com, and lists five of Britain's very best old-school legends who will never be forgotten...

Jim Clark

A driver who paid the ultimate price in a sport that he truly loved, Jim Clark won 25 races and secured 33 pole positions during his eight-year F1 career, before dying in a racing accident in 1968.

Clark had been competing in a Formula Two race at Hockenheim in Germany when his car veered off the track, crashing into trees and causing him to suffer a broken neck and fractured skull. Ironically, his accident record prior to this had been impressive - just three incidents in eight years of racing.

The Scot was famed for being able to drive a huge variety of types of car - racing in competitions from the British Touring Car Championship to NASCAR to Le Mans. Some of his most impressive performances came when he was under immense pressure; in 1963, he won the Belgian Grand Prix having started eighth on the grid and in harsh weather conditions, whilst in the 1967 Italian Grand Prix, he fought his way back to first place after losing an entire lap on the rest of the field due to a flat tyre. Though he eventually crossed the line in third due to a lack of fuel, his fightback was simply remarkable.

James Hunt

James Hunt made his debut into the world of F1 in 1973 and raced competitively for six years.

He's famed for being one of the least expensive world champions, and in fact was only signed to race for McLaren at the eleventh hour when an urgent replacement was needed for Emerson Fittipaldi, who had defected to his brother's outfit. Despite not being the team's first choice, he won the world championship in 1976 by just a single point following a dramatic season during which he was involved in countless disqualifications and reinstatements. The next few campaigns were less successful for Hunt, however, and the death of his friend Ronnie Peterson in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix had a profound effect on him and his desire to race, partially prompting his retirement midway through the 1979 season.

If his driving skills don't make him worthy of legend status, then his refusal to sign a clause in his contract which forced him to wear suits to official events does! Hunt often met bigwigs and world leaders wearing jeans, a T-shirt and no shoes!

Nigel Mansell

Nigel Mansell is to this day the most successful British F1 driver of all time thanks to the impressive 31 race wins he secured in his 15-season career. The Brit retired from F1 as world champion in 1992 and switched to competing in the CART IndyCar World Series, clinching the title in his debut season and becoming the only person to be both F1 and CART champion at the same time.

Mansell is still fourth overall on the F1 race-winners list behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, and he remains highly-regarded by his peers and industry insiders; long-time F1 commentator Murray Walker lists him in his top ten, and he secured ninth spot in the Times Online's '50 Greatest F1 Drivers of all Time' rankings.

Today, Nigel has exchanged the racetrack for the golf course; he bought Woodbury Park golf course in 1994 and hosts many a prestigious golf event including the Nigel Mansell Classic PGA European Seniors Tour. He's also the president of UK Youth, a charity that provides tools to build the self-esteem of young people and help them develop skills and knowledge needed for work.

Sir Stirling Moss

Sir Stirling Moss OBE is without a doubt a contender for the greatest all-round racing driver of all time accolade - despite the fact that he failed to win the world championship in his ten-year F1 career. He started racing at the age of just 18 and, as was the norm in his era, would compete in a number of different formulae races in one day, meaning that by the time he retired from the sport, he had driven more than 80 different makes of car.

In 1955, Moss was signed by Mercedes-Benz and became part of the 'Silver Arrows' team, partnering multiple F1 World Champion Juan-Manuel Fangio. Whilst much of that year was spent in Fangio's shadow, Moss did claim a famous win in the British Grand Prix and also the 1,000-mile Mille Miglia road race in Italy. However, a brush with death following a crash at Goodwood in 1962 brought his racing career to an abrupt end; Moss was left in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months, and he felt that he couldn't perform to the same level on his return.

However, even to this day the 81-year-old remains heavily involved in the sport, driving historic cars and presenting Lewis Hamilton with the second-place trophy following the 2010 British Grand Prix.

Sir Jackie Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart makes our legends list for two very good reasons, the first being his spectacular driving talent which saw him win the drivers' world championship in 1969, 1971 and 1973. The Flying Scot, as he's affectionately known, clocked up 99 race starts during an eight-year F1 career that saw him set countless records - most wins (a record broken by Alain Prost in 1987 after Stewart had held it for 14 years), most wins by a British F1 driver (broken by Nigel Mansell in 1992) and the only driver to have won the championship driving for a French marque (although Fernando Alonso broke this record in 2005).

The second reason for his legend-worthiness is the lasting impact he has had on the safety of F1 racing. Following an accident during the Belgian Grand Prix of 1966 - during which he was left stranded in his car for almost an hour because marshals didn't have the correct equipment to free him - Stewart campaigned for better safety and is today credited with the introduction of full-face helmets, drivers' seatbelts, medical teams, safety barriers and bigger run-off areas at tricky corners.

Since retirement from the sport, Stewart has worked as a consultant for Ford and a race commentator, owned his own race team with son Paul, won the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and been knighted.