Grand Prix fun comes to Northampton town centre

British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2012.
British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2012.

Abington Street and the Market Square will be transformed into designated pit stops as Northampton Borough Council brings the buzz of the Grand Prix to the town centre.

Formula 1 fans can come along and enjoy the activities taking place in Abington Street and the Market Square between 10am-4pm on Sunday June 29, including pit stop challenges, racing driving simulators, photo opportunities with F1 cars and activities for children.

There will be plenty more to look at, with stands from the Mercedes Formula 1 team, Silverstone Race Track and the Richard Sanders Group.

Trainee race mechanics from the National College for Motorsport, which is the first college in the UK to have achieved the Motorsport Academy Employer Recognition Scheme Charter Mark, will also be there with their display car and information on how to pursue a career in motorsport.

And the Endeavour Rally, a charitable event that encourages disabled participation in motorsport, will set off from the Market Square when the chequered flag drops at 12pm, drive to Silverstone Circuit and return to the traditional shaken bottle of bubbly at the Market Square at 3.30pm.

Northampton Borough Council’s event is part of a week-long celebration, Northamptonshire Grand Prix Week, marking 50 years of the Grand Prix at Silverstone and this county’s many links with the motorsport industry.

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We are proud to have such close connections with the British Grand Prix and we wanted to celebrate the close links with the event at Silverstone as well as providing a great event to bring people into Northampton town centre.

“Northamptonshire is recognised as the home of British motorsport, with many of the Formula 1 teams based locally and I hope people will come into Northampton on Sunday 29 June to celebrate our connections with the Grand Prix and take part in the fun activities for new and old formula 1 fans to enjoy.”

For more information about the event, visit: and to find out more about the programme for the rest of the week, visit:

And don’t forget, free parking on Sundays in all Northampton Borough Council car parks. For more information, visit: