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Silverstone to host 70th anniversary party

These classic cars were on view for Silverstone's 50th British Grand Prix, in 2014.

Silverstone is putting on a four-day festival to celebrate its 70th anniversary at July’s British Grand Prix, including historic car parades, F1 driver appearances, spectacular air displays and music events finishing with a live performance by former Spice Girl Mel C.

The parades will feature drivers and cars from throughout the circuit’s celebrated history – a 1948 Maserati plus other race-winning vehicles from 1958, 1969, 2010, 2013 and 2016, and a 1987 Arrows designed by Ross Brawn.

The air displays will also be held Friday through Sunday, starting with the Tigers parachute team, then a Chinook helicopter before the traditional Red Arrows pre-race show.

The music showcases and driver sessions both start Thursday and run throughout the weekend.

Sara Cox hosts the ‘80s-themed opening night event, fellow BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley presents ‘90s Friday, and Ministry of Sound, Sonique and Brandon Block provide Saturday’s noughties dancefloor entertainment. Mel C will perform at Sunday night’s post-race afterparty, having also played at the 2015 British GP.

There will be also several themed entertainment areas including an interactive F1 Fanzone near the main stand, a Sportszone at Stowe corner including giant chess, croquet and badminton, a Family Zone by National Pit Straight for younger fans, plus the Street Zone outside of Becketts with food stalls and performers.

Previously a Royal Air Force base, the Northamptonshire circuit hosted the first British GP in 1948, and two years later staged the opening race of the new F1 world championship.

It has held the grand prix exclusively since 1987, having previously rotated with Brands Hatch and Aintree.

For more details on the July 5-8 event, visit the Silverstone website.