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A Guide to Motorsport Valley’s most unique and inspirational experiences

Posted by Silvia Grattieri on October 16, 2019
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Welcome to the biggest hub of motor racing in the world: the Motorsport Valley®

Also known as Silicon Fen, Motorsport Valley® refers to the cluster of firms based around Oxfordshire and the Midlands involved in supplying cutting-edge technology to Formula One, Formula E and many other motorsport sectors. They dominate the design and manufacture of components used in the majority of the world’s racing categories today.

The valley is also home to some of the world’s biggest and most recognised racing teams. It’s within the geography of this valley that science and technology take the forefront in pioneering the next big innovations in motorsports.

In this series of articles about the Motorsport Valley®, we seek to celebrate and provide firsthand insight into the professionals, companies and facts that make this location the pinnacle of motorsport, and hopefully inspire a new generation of motorsport professionals.

We at B-Hive Living — a premium operator of coliving spaces, serving the motorsport community locally produced the series with the overall ambition of developing eventually a mini guide that helps anyone interested in living and working in motorsport in Oxfordshire.

Did you know? The UK has won more Formula One titles than any other nation in history.

Itching for a taste of what the Motorsport Valley has to offer? Don’t worry, we got you covered! At this editon we provide you with a list of key motorsport experiences and events in the area and the UK.

Unmissable Events

Goodwood Members Meeting More Info
Goodwood Motor Circuit, ~ Early-April

A weekend of thrilling racing and demonstrations from the finest historic and modern cars accompanied by a tremendous outdoor party with live music, stunning fireworks and a buzzing food market.

Formula 1 British GP More Info
Silverstone, ~ Mid-July

Silverstone plays hosts every year to a race that’s the apex of all motorsports: Formula 1. The weekend also sees itself hosting the Formula 2 & Formula 3 races.

Hagerty’s Festival of the UnexceptionalMore Info
Buckinghamshire, ~Mid-July

Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional celebrates the cars that were the workhorses of their day: the base model saloons, hatchbacks and estates that were sold in their millions between roughly 1968 and 1989, and are now so rare.

Silverstone Classic More Info
Silverstone, ~Late-July

The weekend provides spectacular historic motor racing, free access to the paddocks and grandstands, displays from over 100 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars, plus interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations.

MotoGP British Grand Prix More Info
Silverstone, ~Late August

Silverstone will play hosts to the British round of the MotoGP world championship in what promises to be an incredible 2019 season. The MotoGP race at Silverstone will be the pinnacle of two-wheel racing in the UK in 2019.

FIA World Endurance Championship More Info
Silverstone, Dates vary every year

The 4 Hours of Silverstone is a great opportunity to witness the Spirit of Le Mans in the United Kingdom. Expect more cars, more racing, famous drivers and lots to see and do on and off track!

Goodwood Revival More Info
Goodwood, ~Early September

Every September the Revival recreates the golden era of Goodwood Motor Circuit, between 1948 and 1966. This extraordinary event assembles the most significant racing cars and motorcycles along with legendary drivers and riders from the past and stars of today.

Kop Hill Climb Festival More Info
Buckinghamshire, ~Mid-September

Kop Hill Climb Festival is your chance to get up close and personal with historic cars and bikes in action — admire their beauty and chat with their owners– the full experience. The event is set in a beautifully relaxed location with a real family friendly village atmosphere.

(Source: https://www.driving.co.uk/news/events/uk-motoring-events-festivals-calendar-2019/)

Regent Street Motor Show More Info
London, ~Early November

The annual Regent Street Motor Show is a unique free-to-view London motor show, previewing the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and the Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance. The event takes place on a traffic-free Regent Street from Piccadilly to Oxford Circus

Inspirational Experiences

  1. Silverstone Driving Experience More Info

A track day at one of the world’s most legendary circuits in some of the world’s fastest cars would seem like any motorhead’s dream come true. It’s time to put on your racing suits because this dream can become a reality

2. Motorsport Valley Tour More Info
July 15th — 16th 2019

The tour gives you first hand access to the ultra-secretive world of Formula 1. The expertly-curated two-day event will give participants an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with 3 leading Formula 1 teams — Red Bull Racing, Williams and McLaren.

3. Track days and Racing experiences

There are several driving experiences that happen year-round within Motorsport Valley involving a wide range of cars and tracks to choose from. Here are some service providers that can arrange these thrilling experiences for you:
> https://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/driving
> https://www.trackdays.co.uk/driving-experience/
> https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/experiences

Sim Racing More Info
The Race Hut located in Oxford features 16 state of the art triple-monitor racing simulators to help satisfy all your sim-racing needs! Various competitive events and experiences are also held on a regular basis to keep racing enthusiasts engaged.

How we can help you

About the authors

B-Hive Living is an operator of private rental coliving homes re-defining shared living for a new generation of entrepreneurs and professionals in Oxfordshire and internationally.

Beyond mere accommodation, our homes offer a dynamic and life-enriching experience through well-designed areas and a calendar of social and cultural activities to foster connection, boost creativity and enable a healthier and more fullfilling lifestyle.

If you are looking to join a vibrant community of like-minded motorsport professionals and enthusiasts, please reach outon +44 (0) 333 577 1088 or info@b-hiveliving.com

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