Silverstone Celebrates 60th AnniversaryPosted on: 18 August 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Some of the greatest touring car legends and their competition saloon cars will be re-united at the penultimate round of the 2008 British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.
The historic circuit will be celebrating the 50th, 60th and 80th anniversaries of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Silverstone and British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) respectively on 31st August.
BTCC legends such as “Gentleman” Jack Sears – winner of the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, Richard Longman – who piloted his Mini 1275 GT to back-to-back championships in 1978 and 1979; and Andy Rouse – winner of a record 60 races and four BTCC titles between 1975, and 1983 – 1985, have already confirmed their attendance at a gathering of past masters on the Sunday of the race weekend.
A range of winning BTCC competition cars, spanning the five decades of the series, will be on display next to the open paddock. The cars will range from the Austin Westminster A105 that Sears drove when he went on to win the 1958 championship, through to Rouse’s Ford Sierra RS500 from the late 80’s and the Nissan Primera driven by the late BTCC legend, David Leslie in 1999.
The Northamptonshire track will be celebrating its 50 year anniversary since the first ever Grand Prix held in 1948 and Sears is looking forward to returning to the home of British motor racing.
“It means a great deal to me that the BTCC is coming back to Silverstone," says Sears.
"Seeing the first Grand Prix and Saloon Cars race, and then racing here myself for the first time in 1950, has always made Silverstone special to me. To be here 50 years later and to see the enthusiasm of the current BTCC drivers gives me great pleasure.”
Silverstone will showcase what promises to be an exciting penultimate race day in the BTCC calendar. Fans will be able to watch the drama unfold throughout a busy day featuring not only the three BTCC races on Silverstone’s tight 1.6 mile national circuit, but a superb line-up of support races, including the Porsche Carrera Cup, Renault Clio Cup, Formula Renault UK Championship, Seat Cupra Championship and Ginetta Junior Championship, providing fans with a full day of top class racing and entertainment.
Tickets for the Silverstone round of the British Touring Car Championship, taking place on 30th – 31st August, have been priced at £15 for qualifying on Saturday and £23 for the Sunday race day if booked in advance. Sunday tickets will cost £30 if purchased on the day. Meanwhile, Weekend Tickets, which can only be booked in advance, are available for £27 for both days.
Children aged 15 years and under, accompanied by an adult, go free; while parking and grandstand seating are free.
Free access to the centre of the circuit and BTCC paddock will provide race-goers with the opportunity to rub shoulders with the drivers and teams, while away from the track - and in addition to the BTCC classic car display, autograph sessions and Q&As with the BTCC legends - spectators will also enjoy a Red Devils parachute display and free family entertainment, including fairground rides.
Taster experiences, such as the Caterham Autotest and helicopter pleasure rides will also add to the festival atmosphere and ensure there’s plenty to keep younger fans entertained.
To book tickets, or for further information, visit www.silverstone.co.uk, or call 08704 588 260.
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