15 November 2013
Legends, fans to mix on Silverstone Wall of Fame
Silverstone teams up with Motor Sport magazine to honour the great and good of motorsport on its new Wall of Fame.
Silverstone has announced that its recently launched Wall of Fame will now incorporate all Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame inductees alongside fans of the sport.
The Hall of Fame has inaugurated over 20 international motor sport legends as it approaches its fifth year, from its founding members, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Sir Stirling Moss and Jim Clark, through to present-day heroes such as Sir Frank Williams, Damon Hill, Adrian Newey and Tom Kristensen.
To celebrate the launch of the Silverstone Wall of Fame, in association with the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame, Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time World Champion, two-time Grand Prix winner at Silverstone and one of Britain's greatest racing drivers of all time, was presented with a commemorative brick bearing his name, which will be the first to be included in the Wall.
“Silverstone has always been a special place to me, with the circuit being my home grand prix and having won here in front of the fans in 1969 and 1971,” Stewart commented, “I was pleased to become a founding member of the Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame back in 2010, [and] it is now fitting that Silverstone and Motor Sport are collaborating to form a lasting tribute to motor sport of all disciplines, which both I and fans from across the world can be a part of."
The Wall will be a dedicated area, located near the former Bridge section of the former grand prix circuit, where many of the Hall of Fame inductees would have raced, and is expected to become a major attraction for visitors to Silverstone as well as a lasting celebration to the drivers and riders that created history.
Fans will be able to cement their place alongside the most revered names in Silverstone and motor sport history, as the Wall will also feature their names and dedications on personalised engraved stones. Those people supporting the scheme in the initial phase will have their stones located closest to the already inducted motor sport legends.
"Motor Sport is delighted to be forming this special relationship with Silverstone, particularly as we gear up to celebrate the magazine's 90th anniversary in 2014,” editor Damien Smith noted, “There is so much shared history between the circuit and our publication. In the past five years, our Hall of Fame has become established as a prestigious and exclusive club for motor racing's greatest figures, and the concept fits perfectly with Silverstone's impressive new Wall of Fame. We are honoured to play a part in this initiative for race fans around the world.”
Three sizes of stone are available and can be personalised for fans to choose their own message. Each will be carefully sited within a grid to make up the attraction.
“The partnership between the Silverstone Wall of Fame and the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame is one we are very proud to announce,” Silverstone Circuits MD Richard Phillips confirmed, “Silverstone is the most fitting location to honour such revered names and the perfect tribute to motor sport icons, past and present. It is a place where the Hall of Fame inductees will sit alongside commemorations and tributes to other famous drivers and riders, passionate motor sport fans, marshals, engineers and unforgettable moments in British motor racing history.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for fans to take their place alongside legends of the track and become part of Silverstone and motor sport history forever.”
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