It's been 25 years since Brands Hatch last hosted the British Grand Prix, and the event found a permanent home at Silverstone.
It may have lost its most prestigious event, but the popular Kent venue lives on under the management of Jonathan Palmer and his Motor Sport Vision (MSV) concern. Palmer has ensured that the track has a future as well as a past, and it is currently in good health.
The circuit played a big part in his career as he worked his way up through the ranks. He made his grand prix debut there in 1983, and three years later he took part in the last Formula 1 event. Having been a spectator in his youth, he knows more than most about the magic of the place.
"I think my first real exposure to Brands was a consequence of my mother having a nursing home," he recalls. "She had a lady there whose husband and sons raced Minis and a [Vauxhall] Firenza - Jack Davies and Tony and Mick, who had a motor accessory shop called Transpeed in Brighton.
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