Silverstone Racing Club (SRC) was started by a group of motor-racing enthusiasts in 1966 when it was known as The Silverstone Club. Some were competitors at Silverstone and all were great supporters of the circuit. It began in a caravan close to Woodcote Corner, but the late Jimmy Brown, ‘Mr Silverstone’, soon realised the Club would benefit from a permanent base and suggested raising money to build a permanent clubhouse. The BRDC agreed to allow a clubhouse to be built and one hundred ‘life memberships’ were offered for sale; and the income provided the funds to build and equip the clubhouse (situated between the current Luffield and Woodcote grandstands), which was officially opened by Graham Hill at the British Grand Prix in July1967.
For many years, SRC was the only facility at Silverstone that offered shelter and catering; and during those years, members and race drivers enjoyed the facilities offered in the Clubhouse. SRC also provided a base for race driver schooling before Silverstone’s Drive Experience Centre was opened.
The founders of the Club were anxious to help ‘their’ circuit in any way possible. Any extra money the new Club earned was used on the circuit – and this ethos remains true today. Silverstone Racing Club is now part of Silverstone Circuits Ltd (which is owned by the BRDC).
Annual memberships were sold alongside founding life memberships. Nearly half the original life members still maintain regular contact with the SRC, along with some of the original annual members. Although in recent years SRC has been almost fully subscribed there are usually opportunities for new members to join.
SRC members enjoy the clubhouse and the private grandstand during most motor races – there are racing events most weekends during the “season”. Many life-long friendships have been made at the SRC. We arrange social events plus interviews with famous and up-and-coming racers and occasional external visits. We’ve grown a lot since 1966, and members now come from all over the world as we continue to provide a great meeting place for motorsport enthusiasts.