The Daily Express International Trophy returns to Silverstone again this weekend as the feature race at the Silverstone Historic Festival.
The International Trophy debuted in 1949 as a non Championship Formula One outing. In that period the race attracted many top teams and drivers who used the event as a practice run under race conditions. Post 1952 Formula 2 entries were allowed to participate, 1978 was the final year the race was run to F1 and F2 regulations as costs to teams running in non Championship events spiralled, so from the following year the race was run as a Formula 2 only event until the demise of F2 in 1984. From 1985 the race was run to Formula 3000 regulations, when that series was discontinued in 2005 to be replaced by GP2, it signalled the end of the Trophy as an event for the latest machinery and became a popular race for historic Formula 1 cars.
Previous winners of the trophy include Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Graham Hill, Stirling Moss and Niki Lauda to name just a few. Later years have included Allan McNish and Mark Webber.
Throughout the weekend at the Historic Festival are many other races such as the second round of the Guards Trophy, Classic and Historic Formula 3, pre 1980’s Endurance and Historic Touring Cars.
Also a celebration of the Porsche 928 in the 70’s Road Sports race as that marque celebrates its 40th year will take place as well as, a military vehicle display, vintage music and funfair.
The Silverstone Historic Festival takes place May 20th-21st
Allison Remzi All Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick