Prince Harry paid a visit to Silverstone Circuit’s University Technical College in Northamptonshire on Wednesday where his duties included meeting with various alumni of the college and launching the construction of the Silverstone Experience – a new visitor guide to the British Motorsport industry at the circuit.
Prince Harry first met @SilverstoneUTC students, a college located on the side of the famous racing track, which helps 18-14 year olds into careers in High Performance Engineering and Business & Technical Events. pic.twitter.com/RWuN5rh2gS
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Prince Harry is set to be Patron of the Silverstone Experience and the project is due to be launched in Spring 2019 and will bring the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life.
Turning a red light to green to officially mark the launch of construction, Prince Harry commented, “When it opens in 14 months time, it will tell the story of Silverstone, the history of British motor racing and the pivotal role which Great Britain plays in motorsport today.”
Prince Harry continued, “It is well-known that Great Britain is a world leader in high-performance engineering and motor racing engineering in particular – as well as having some great drivers. But it is no exaggeration to say that unless we encourage more young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths it will be impossible for us to continue to lead in this field.”
On show during Prince Harry’s time at Silverstone was 1948 Formula One car and a Mercedes model set to be used in this year’s world championships. Five medals won by British driver James Hunt were also on show.
Prince Harry also found time to chat with students and alumni of the Silverstone Circuit’s University Technical College who are now working in the Motorsport industry.
Prince Harry spoke of the college and of the students, “I’m really encouraged to see the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in the Silverstone University Technical College. More significantly, to have met the enthusiastic young people studying there as well as those who have gone on to start their careers with leading employers in the motorsport industry.”
Prince Harry accompanied his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on a trip to Silverstone in 1994.
Prince Harry will be in Birmingham on Thursday for a day of engagements alongside his fiancee, Meghan Markle.
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