This weekend sees Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula 1 circus role into England for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Since 1987 the British GP has been held at the superb Silverstone race circuit, a track that has undergone some amazing development and changes over the last few years. I was lucky enough to be trackside for the young drivers test last summer with Marrusia F1 and the facilities and pit garages really are quite excellent there now.
But of course the race wasn’t always held in Silverstone and from 1963 to 1986 the race was shared with Brand Hatch in Kent, England.
Brands Hatch produced some spectacular races over the years but none more so perhaps than the 1968 British Grand Prix, won for the first time ever by a Swiss driver, Jo Siffert, in a Rob Walkers Racing Team’s Lotus 49B. Siffert’s victory is regarded by many as the last Grand Prix victory by a genuine privateer.
The 1968 British Grand Prix was also the first time that Britain saw the newly introduced and controversial ‘aerofoil rear spoilers’, an important component that quickly became fundamental to modern Formula 1 motorsport aerodynamics.
Watch the highlights here of this classic F1 race. We also catch a quick glimpse of a young Prince Charles in this film, there to support the British drivers, Graham Hill, John Surtees and Jackie Oliver.