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Silverstone to mark milestone

Silverstone has revealed plans to mark its 50th staging of the British Grand Prix in July.

The Northamptonshire track first hosted the race in 1948, two years before the start of the Formula One World Championship, with Luigi Villoresi emerging the winner in a Maserati.

To commemorate the milestone, the circuit is organising a number of events for fans who attend the 2014 edition.

They will include a heritage village, which will feature displays of some of the most memorable moments in the circuit's history and iconic F1 cars to have raced at the track.

Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: "This is a very special year for Silverstone as it marks the 50th British Grand Prix to be held at the circuit.

"To commemorate this milestone we are celebrating Silverstone's rich motor sport history with fantastic displays of F1 cars from eras gone by in a one-off Heritage Village area at the circuit for fans to enjoy.

"The British Grand Prix is the jewel in the crown of British motor sport and one of the most important races on the Formula One calendar.

"The drivers often comment that Silverstone is up there with circuits like Monaco, Monza and Spa as a race they really want to win, and 2014 will be extra special with plenty of commemorative events and activities for fans to look forward to, as well as the race itself, which promises to be as exciting as ever as the teams fight to get the most out of their cars under the new regulations."