‘The Wing’ set to soar over Silverstone
Silverstone and its owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), have announced that the new iconic Pit, Paddock and Conference building currently in construction at the Northamptonshire circuit, will be called ‘The Silverstone Wing’. ‘The Wing’ is synonymous with motor sport, but also connects with Silverstone’s aviation history, therefore bringing together both the circuit’s rich heritage and its exciting future. Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, Richard Phillips, explained: “‘The Silverstone Wing’ is a highly appropriate name. ‘Flight’ and ‘velocity’ were key themes incorporated into the design brief, and the streamlined form of the new building conjures up the impression of speed, dynamic motion and the grace of a bird’s wing in full flight.” In order to find the perfect name for the new pit, paddock and conference area, a competition was recently held, inviting members of the public to name the new building, and generated more than 4,000 entries. With the winner taking the ultimate prize for any motor sport enthusiast, which includes: - A money-can’t-buy VIP invitation for two to attend the official opening of ‘The Silverstone Wing’ in May 2011. - Race day hospitality for two at the 2011 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix on Sunday 10 July. - Race day hospitality for two at the 2011 AirAsia British MotoGP Grand Prix on Sunday 19 June. - A Silverstone Super Choice Voucher, offering the lucky winner the choice from six of Silverstone’s most popular Driving Experiences, including the Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lotus, Formula Silverstone Single-Seater, Lamborghini, or Rally experience. However, ’The Wing’ was submitted by 10 members of the public as a potential name for the new building, and originally, entrants coming up with the best suggestion were to be entered into a draw, with the lucky winner walking away with a prize package. However, the circuit has since decided to reward each of the 10 entrants with the prize above. “Many of the competition entrants suggested names that included the word ‘wing’, or related to types of birds. After careful deliberation by the Silverstone team the entries were whittled down to just 20 names, which were then presented to the BRDC Board for discussion at the November Board Meeting.” added Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited.