The award-winning Silverstone Classic (25-27 July) looks set to break yet more records in 2014 after a stellar line-up of races, parades, music and entertainment were announced at yesterday’s annual media preview.
“The Silverstone Classic is the pinnacle of classic car racing,” said Nick Wigley, Event Director. “It’s the sheer quality of the cars and competitors, plus the level of passion for motor sport, that helps us to create the most incredible weekend of racing entertainment around.
Overall, the interest levels in the Silverstone Classic are at a real high and this year’s highlights include:
Celebrating a champion on two wheels and four
This year’s special Friday evening celebration will pay tribute to racing legend John Surtees. It was 50 years ago in 1964 that Surtees became the first man to win world championships on both two and four wheels, and he will be guest of honour of the Silverstone Classic.
Famed Senna era of F3 to make its Classic debut
To mark the golden anniversary of the modern era of F3 (introduced to replace Formula Junior in 1964), the unrivalled line-up of epic races at this summer’s Silverstone Classic will include two showdowns dedicated to stunning cars from what’s widely regarded as F3’s most glorious generation. Back in the seventies and early eighties, F3 was the global proving ground of future world champions. It was where legends such as Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones and Alain Prost all earned their fledging spurs en route to international stardom. Many of the actual cars raced by these legends will be back in action at Silverstone as part of the biggest F3 grid ever seen.
From dawn until dusk
The Silverstone Classic will be the only place in the UK to watch the legendary Group C Le Mans racers this year as the flame-spitting sportscars make their annual pilgrimage to Northamptonshire. What’s more, spectators and enthusiasts will get to see the 200mph monsters twice in racing action at the 2014 Classic. Group C will bring Saturday’s action to a close with a blast into dusk and darkness, before they return to the track in Sunday’s packed programme.
Mustang at 50
Historic racing’s biggest and busiest event has been chosen by the Mustang Owners Club for its official golden anniversary homage to the most celebrated of all American muscle cars, and a host of dazzling displays, pulsating parades and dramatic demonstrations are planned. The fantastic festivities, though, are topped by a pair of very special showdowns staged on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit which will be two of the major highlights on the Silverstone Classic’s action-packed racing schedule. These will feature a record number of competition-prepared Mustangs with cars coming from all over the globe to join the celebrations, whilst a number of star-studded movie Mustangs from the likes of ‘Bullitt’ and ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ will also be on show.
Maserati scores a century
The emotive Italian supercar marque celebrates its centenary this year at the Silverstone Classic with a stunning on-track cavalcade of road and race models. Founded in 1914 by Alfieri Maserati in Bologna, the company quickly achieved legendary status on the world’s racetracks and roads. Working closely with Maserati GB and the Maserati Club UK, the 100th anniversary festivities at the Silverstone Classic will be the biggest in the UK and one of the largest marque celebrations in the world.
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