But such was the major part of the first Grand Prix course ever to be devised at Silverstone. Fortunately there were no head-on collisions, and the next year the organisers hit on a more sensible arrangement.

But none of the many subsequent Grand Prix at Silverstone, for all the ever-increasing glamour and hype, have quite engendered the same excitement as that very first one in 1948, even though it was held on a long-disused airfield bereft of modern amenities. Silverstone's First Grand Prix is a vivid recreation of that important day for British motor sport. But it is more than just the description of one historic race.

We follow the various leading participants, both drivers and organisers, as fate draws them inexorably to Silverstone from different parts of the world and from very varied experiences, not least in the recent war. And after that one glorious day in early October is over and the RAC's International Grand Prix of 1948 has become part of motor racing history, we learn what fate had further in store for them.

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ISBN/EAN 9781398120662
Author Anthony Meredith, Gordon Blackwell
Publisher Amberley
Publication date 15 Aug 2023
Format Paperback
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Silverstone's First Grand Prix : 1948 the Race on the Runways

Anthony Meredith, Gordon Blackwell

It was madness: Grand Prix drivers racing flat out from opposite ends of one long runway, only to turn away from each other at the last moment at corners improvised with hay bales. 

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