Former F1 driver Damon Hill opened a garage door today, in front of an expectant crowd of the world's media.
After scrabbling around in his trouser pocket for a few seconds, he held aloft a tiny key, to a barrage of flash photography. Pushing the bottom of the door in with his foot a bit, and jiggling the handle a couple of times, he was soon gently wrestling the door open, to rapturous applause.
Damon Hill, President of the British Racing Driver's Club, described the moment as 'the pinnacle of my career'.
Hill, 60, deftly propping the door open with a broom handle to avoid a second blow to the head, welcomed the motoring journalists into the new Silverstone pits. A hurried shout of 'ooh, mind your head on the handle!', and a quick dab with a hanky to a bleeding journalist's scalp, and everyone was soon inside, clearly taken aback at the bewildering new facilities.
Jackie Stewart was also on hand, to show off the new carbon-fibre storage cupboards. These hi-tech devices were easily capable of storing anything from tins of paint to a pair of step ladders. After a brief 30 minute tour of the cupboard, including a talk about some old tobacco advertising stickers and a glimpse of some experimental bungee chords to aid overtaking, the excited journos were ushered on to admire the next attraction.
Even the most seasoned hacks could barely conceal their excitment when Johnny Herbet showed them a second-hand fridge, full of homebrewed wine and a four-pack of stout. Placed next to a rear seat from a Ford Cortina, and topped by a mid-90s Trio midi system, the new hospitality facilities are intended to be the envy of garage owners the length of the country.
"We've really pushed the boat out for this Silverstone facelift," announced Mr Hill. "We've been careful with the budget, but that hasn't stopped us from making Silverstone a world-class facility."
Once their cars had been pulled out of the car park by the new Silverstone tractor, most of the journalists agreed that they were very impressed with the changes. However, even the dissenters acknowledged that the garage tour was likely to be more exciting than the actual Valencia grand prix.