NOVEMBER 13, 2000
Noises from Silverstone
The original plan was for the circuit to keep control of the land and build the factory and that it would then be leased back to Jaguar but in recent weeks we have repeatedly heard that Jaguar wants to buy the land outright.
The meeting could also be related to the British Grand Prix as it has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that the 2002 event is not going to be held at Brands Hatch and that a compromise was needed with Silverstone. It is not clear, however, why this would involve the BRDC as the club gave up its commercial control of Silverstone last summer in exchange for an annual payment from the company that runs the track. This firm remains a BRDC subsidiary but is quite independent.