Vehicles on Display
As you travel through the museum you will have the chance to see some of the most iconic and exciting racing machines from Silverstone’s history, which have been kindly loaned to us. The list of our current display vehicles are listed below.
Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
MG YB, 1952
This MG took part in the first Daily Express International Trophy Production Touring Car race in 1952 - the event is seen as the birth of touring car racing. The MG was driven by Dick Jacobs, who took first place in his class (cars with engines of 1500cc and under). The overall winner was Stirling Moss. Jacobs won the class against in the same car in 1953 and 1954.
This is the motorcycle raced by Michael Laverty for Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) during the 2014 MotoGP season. The PBM GP14 was produced by the privateer British team and remains the last British entry in premier class motorcycle racing. The 2014 MotoGP season yielded 18 points for the team as they competed against the manufacturer bikes of Yamaha, Honda and Ducati. At the end of the season, PBM chose to leave MotoGP to focus on their British Superbike team.
Suzuki RG500 XR27
Barry Sheene rode this motorcycle as part of Texaco Heron Team Suzuki in the 1979 British Grand Prix. The race is remembered as one of the greatest motorcycle races of all time. All through the race, Sheene and Kenny Roberts swapped first and second place. At the finish, Roberts won with a lead of just 0.03 of a second.
This Yamaha was ridden by Niall Mackenzie to the 1996 British Superbike Championship. 1996 was the first year of the revised British championship and the fight went right down to the wire at the final round at Donington Park, with Mackenzie and teammate Jamie Whitham tied on points. With the iconic Cadbury's Boost livery, Mackenzie rode an updated YFZ750 to both the 1997 and 1996 BSB Championships. To thank Mackenzie for his achievements, Yamaha gifted him this 1996 Championship-winning machine.
This car is one of two Brabham BT20s that were built for the 1966 Formula One season. In that season, Jack Brabham made Formula One history, becoming the only driver to win the F1 World Championship driving for his own team, which is a record that stands to this day.
ford Lotus Cortina
Known by its number plate, KPU 392C, this Lotus Cortina is one of the most famous ex-Works Cortinas in the world. The car was prepared to race by Alan Mann Racing and appears in their striking red and gold livery. One of the most impressive features of this car is its originality. Having won the 1965 European Championship, the car was repainted for a promotional tour, and retains this paintwork along with all of its original mechanical components.
Austin Healey 3000, 1964
This Austin Healey is known by it’s number plate’s, firstly ARX 92B and later PWB 57. It was the last Healey to be built by the BMC competition team to compete in rallying for the 1964 season. Original parts include the body, chassis, engine, gearbox, seats, seatbelts, instruments, and even the paint.
1984 Zip GP Superkart – 250cc Rotax
The Hermetite liveried kart won the 1984 British Kart Grand Prix here at Silverstone in 1984, driven by Martin Hines. Average lap time on the full length Silverstone GP Circuit, as used in 1984 was 1 minute 33 seconds 114.73 mph, reaching a top speed of 160mph.
English Racing Automobiles (ERA) were Britain's leading single seater manufacturer in the 1930s. This ERA was built in 1936 at the team's factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire. The car was originally purchased by the President of the British Racing Driver's Club, Earl Howe, and he competed with the car up until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. After the war, the ERA was eligible for Formula One races, and competed in the first 3 Grand Prix held here at Silverstone, including the first ever Formula One World Championship Grand Prix in 1950.
Suzuki RT67 125cc
This RT67 is one of the rarest Suzuki race motorbikes in the world. It is estimated that only two or three are left anywhere, one of which is in the Japan factory. This bike was purchased from Stuart Graham by the Sheene family for Barry Sheene to ride in the 1971 125cc World Championship. It put Sheene on the map as he won his first 3 World Championship races on it, claiming second in the 125cc World Championship that year.
Rover SD1 Vitesse
This is the Rover Vitesse that won the 1983 Tourist Trophy here at Silverstone. Driven by Steve Soper and René Metge, the Rover beat opposition from BMW and Jaguar in the 107-lap race.
The Vitesse would become one of the iconic touring cars of the 1980s and would win the Tourist Trophy twice more, in 1985 and 1986.
This Reynard 873 won the 1987 British Formula 3 Championship in the hands of Johnny Herbert for the Eddie Jordan Racing Team. He took five race wins on course to winning the championship. Herbert went on to win races in both Formula One and sports cars. His win here at Silverstone in the 1995 British Grand Prix was a particular fan favourite.
suzuki rg500 xr45
This bike was ridden by racing legend Barry Sheene in 1984. This was his final season in the Motorcycle World Championship. Sheene competed in eight rounds and finished 6th in the Championship final standings.
The MP4/15, designed by Adrian Newey, was McLaren's 2000 Formula 1 World Championship car. This car was driven by David Coulthard, who finished the season in 3rd place after 3 wins and 11 podiums. The first win of the season for McLaren and Coulthard was at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, held on the unusually early date of April 23rd.
Red Bull RB10
Daniel Ricciardo drove this Red Bull RB10 during the 2014 Formula One season. Here at Silverstone, Ricciardo took 3rd place in the British Grand Prix. The rest of the season was even more successful for Ricciardo, as he won three races, including his first ever F1 win on his way to 3rd in the final championship standings. 2014 was also an important year in the history of F1 as it was the first year that the sport used hybrid power units.
In 2016, Maverick Vinales won the MotoGP at Silverstone on this motorcycle. He also recorded the fastest lap time of the race. This was Vinales' first MotoGP win and Suzuki's first win since the 2007 French Grand Prix. At the end of the season, Vinales finished 4th in the Championship, behind Marc Marquez on a factory Honda, and Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo on factory Yamahas.
Nigel Mansell drove this car to 1st place in the 1992 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. With the FW14B, the Williams design team perfected several features including a semi-automatic gearbox, traction control, a blown diffuser and active suspension. Coupled with a reliable and powerful Renault engine, this made the car hard to beat.
Valentino Rossi has won 9 Motorcycle World Championships and is considered by many as the greatest rider of all time. Rossi won his first ever World Championship in the 125cc class in 1997, riding this Aprillia RS125. He stormed to the championship that year, winning 11 out of 15 races in a dominant display.
This is the car raced by Damon Hill in the 1994 Formula One World Championship season. Here at Silverstone, Hill won the British Grand Prix, his second of six Grand Prix wins in 1994. For '94, the FIA banned the use of technical aids such as traction control and active suspension, meaning that the FW16C differed greatly from the technically advanced FW15C from 1993.
Brawn BGP 001
The story of the Brawn Grand Prix team has become a modern racing legend. In December 2008, Honda F1 announced its intention to leave the sport with immediate effect after a disappointing season. Knowing their 2009 car was likely to be competitive, team principal Ross Brawn led a management buyout of the team, and renamed to Brawn GP for the 2009 season. The car was an instant success, winning 6 of the first 7 races, and won the Constructors' World Championship with Button winning the Drivers' Championship. In 2010, the team was purchased by Daimler and became Mercedes Formula One Team.
Alan Baillie built this Viking in his workshop and raced it in the Monoposto Formula Championship. He won 21 races between 1972 and 1976, and the Monoposto Formula Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
This is the Honda Civic raced by Gordon Shedden in 2010 and 2011 British Touring Car Championships. Over those two seasons, Shedden would take 11 wins with this car. The car was originally built by Team Dynamics for the 2009 season and the car competed in its final championship race in 2013.
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