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Silverstone Classic countdown to the big event this weekend

The Silverstone Classic takes over the Northamptonshire circuit this weekend for the huge, three day event, one of the biggest in the classic motorsport calendar.

Among the many on track attractions is the “Twilight Tribute to Le Mans” which will see three sportscar races take place on the Saturday evening. Tom Kristensen, the record breaking, nine time Le Mans winner, was on hand at the media day to launch what will be a must see series of races. The grid will feature 150 cars spanning almost one hundred years of racing.  The races will consist of a mini enduro format including pit stops with a driver change.

A huge draw will be the Masters Endurance Legends which includes prototypes and GT’s that have competed at Le Mans between 1995 and 2012.

Also on the grid will be the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars including entries from the 60’s and 70’s.

Those brands with birthdays that will be celebrated include the Mini, Ford Capri and Bentley. The Mini marks its 60th birthday this year and celebrates in style, the beloved marque will be out on strength at the Classic, with a record breaking grid of more than 50 pre 1966 Minis. At the media day, Mini rally driver legend Paddy Hopkirk was reunited with his 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winning car. Also joining him was fellow mini racers Gordon Spice, Steve Neal and John Rhodes.

Gordon Spice is best know as a British Saloon Car Championship racer behind the wheel a Ford Capri, the Capri  reaches its 50th birthday in 2019.

Bentley celebrates its 100th birthday this year and there will be numerous models of the classic British brand out in force at the Silverstone Classic.

This year the events chosen charity is Alzheimers Research UK, the countries leading charity specializing in finding prevention treatments and a cure for dementia. The partnership will continue over the next three years, with the charity planning many activities and the involvement of Race Against Dementia.

Sir Jackie Stewart will be in attendance as he commemorates the 50th anniversary of his first World Championship title and his first two British Grand Prix wins in 1969 and 1971 both of which took place at Silverstone.

Sir Jackie founded the Race Against Dementia foundations to fund pioneering research into the prevention and cure of dementia. Sir Jackie’s wife Helen was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2014, the foundation aims to apply the innovation, speed, global research and identification of key talents within the field, core principles that are also found within Formula 1.

Also appearing at the Silverstone Classic will be the World GP Bike Legends, with the likes of Wayne Gardner, Freddie Spencer and Raymond Roche out on track on historic GP machines.

Another popular return will be Mike Brewer and the car clinic, the “Wheeler Dealer” star will be running his expert eye over a number of classic cars including a Ford Capri, Chevrolet, Daimler and Dodge.

As ever the attractions cater for all ages off track as well as on. There will be multiple car clubs displaying, vintage fairground rides and shopping village.

Music entertainment will include honouring the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Friday and Saturday evening will pay tribute to the music of Creedance Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Sly and the family Stone, Ten Years After and The Who.

The Silverstone Classic remains one of the highlights of the calendar, with so much on offer it is a must do event for anyone with an interest in classic cars or motorsport. The classic takes place  this weekend July 26th/27th and 28th


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Silverstone Classic: Fantastic racing across scorching weekend.

The ever popular Silverstone Classic returned to the Northamptonshire circuit bringing a packed race card of on track action. Just one highlight was the Masters Endurance Legends, a new addition to the programme that saw past Le Mans machines from 1995 through to 2012, racing into the evening. 

Some of the icons of endurance racing included the Lola B12/60 driven by Steve Tandy which took the win in the stunning Saturday evening race as well as the Sunday afternoon race,

the Audi R8 LMP1 driven by Travis Engen and the Gulf liveried Lola-Aston DBR 1-2 driven by Christophe D’Ansembourg and Herve Regout. Sir Chris Hoy, no stranger to endurance racing, took to the track in the Courage LC75 in Sunday’s race finishing in sixth place.

Sunday was dominated by tin tops, as celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of BTCC continued. There was a track parade with dozens of classic cars from the Austin A105 Westminster as driven to the first championship win by Jack Sears, to the 2017 winning Subaru which was driven by Jason Plato.

Four touring cars races on the Sunday alone gave the opportunity for fans to see the likes of Rickard Rydells Volvo S40, Abbie Eaton behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore and father, son duo Nick and Harry Whale dominated in the Historic Touring Car Challenge aboard the BMW M3.

Continuing the the Touring Car celebrations, BTCC driver Jake Hill dominated in the Pre’ 66 GT Race at the wheel of a Lotus Elan, the same race also found Richard Attwood, the driver who gave Porsche their first overall win at Le Mans in 1970, behind the wheel of a stunning 1965 911.

A firm fan favourite was the Classic F1 machinery on track courtesy of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One races and the Legends of Modern Formula One parade.

The parade laps gave the chance to see and just importantly hear cars that in their time were driven by Ayron Senna, Rubens Barrichello, Nelson Piquet, Jaques Villeneuve and Jenson Button. Cars such as the Lotus 1010, Saber C30 and Jordan 198. Nick Padmore continued his domination of Historic Formula One taking the Williams FW07C to the win, flanked by perpetual F1 Historic front runners Martin Stretton and Michael Lyons.

As the Ace Cafe took over the National Paddocks Pit Stop Cafe and a chunk of the National Paddock, it drew a large crowd of motorbike enthusiasts ready to also enjoy a fantastic parade display by the World GP Bike Legends, including Phil Read,

Freddie Spencer and Wayne Gardner, on some iconic machinery from GP’s past.  

Just one of the anniversaries commemorated was Formula Junior. The 60 year old series attracted a huge grid of over 50 entries and some fantastic, close racing. Will Mitcham in the U2 Mk2 took the win on Saturday, while Andrew Hibberd took the honours on Sunday in his Lola Mk2.

Off track there was plenty for 

the enormous crowd to enjoy from car clubs to car clinics to a funfair and evening entertainment from UB40 and Soul II Soul. The event has garnered a peerless reputation as the must do event for anyone interested in classic cars and racing. And with 100,000 visitors enjoying the weekend, its huge popularity and success looks like it is set to continue.

The Classic will return to Silverstone  July 26th/27th/28th 2019.

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Silverstone Classic 2018: Friday

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Silverstone Classic 2018 Preview

The worlds biggest classic car event returns to Silverstone next weekend with a huge array of racing and attractions for the whole family at the Silverstone Classic.

Among many anniversaries that will be celebrated are 60 years of the British Touring Car Championship. Sunday will see a Diamond Anniversary parade of some iconic touring cars driven by some legends of the series including John Fitzpatrick, John Cleland, Tim Harvey, Rickard Rydell, Jason Plato and Ash Sutton.

This really is an item not to be missed by any BTCC fan, there will be some notable cars including Doc Shepherd’s 1960 Austin A40, Graham Hill’s Jaguar Mk2 from 1962, Frank Gardner’s Ford Escort from 1968 and Rickard Rydell will be back behind the wheel of his Volvo 850 Estate. A number of eminent drivers also on hand includes Steve Soper, Sam Tordoff, Ian Flux, Jason Hughes and Jeff Allam to name but a few.

There will also be celebrations honouring 70 years since the first Grand Prix staged at Silverstone in 1948,

while also marked will be the 50th anniversary of the Morgan Plus 8 and 60 years of Formula Junior among many others.

The classic car on track action is second to none, with 21 races including the superb addition of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Race Series and FIA Masters Historic Sportscars as well as the debut of the Masters Endurance Legends. That grid will see some stunning historic prototypes and GT’s that have competed upto as recently as 2012, among those competing will be 6 times gold Olympic medal winner Sir Chris Hoy who will be behind the wheel of a Courage LC75.

The Masters Historic, Endurance Legends and GT’s will run their first three races on the Saturday evening under the banner “Daytona at Dusk”, and with a backdrop of live music by UB40, an unmissable series of races for any enthusiast.

There will be two wheeled action in the form of the World GP Bike Legends with among others Maria Costello, Freddie Spencer, Phil Read and Steve Parrish out on track on board their period two stroke motorbikes. And for the bike enthusiast visiting the Ace Cafe, which is taking over the Pit Stop Cafe in the national paddock as it takes centre stage to celebrate its 80th birthday is a must do.

As well as the action on track, there is an enormous amount to see around the Northamptonshire site including an unrivalled display of car clubs from those celebrating anniversaries such as the 70th Anniversary of the Aston Martin DB1 to The Royal Air Force Mini Club celebrating 100 years of the RAF.

The JET Village Green creates a traditional fair atmosphere with a Big Wheel, Crazy Golf, F1 Pitstop Challenge, a football skills coaching area for youngsters aged 5-16, many food outlets and stalls providing shopping opportunities for any petrol head, and Mike Brewers Car Clinic, where at this years Silverstone Classic he will be presenting a Porsche 356, 54 ‘Frogeye’ Sprite and a DeLorean DMC-12.

Silverstone Auctions will once again be in attendance with an even bigger selection of beautiful classic cars ready to go under the hammer including vehicles previously owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the royal family and Sir Elton John.

With much more to see and experience beside, Silverstone really is the only place to be this weekend.

For tickets and further info visit: www.silverstoneclassic.com

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