The Silverstone Classic

Posted on: 23 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

The Silverstone Classic will be celebrating the very best of sports car racing history.


The Silverstone Classic will celebrate the very best of sports car racing history on the 25th - 27th July and have a real flavour of Le Mans, the most famous motor race of all time.

With cars of the type that raced at Le Mans from the late 1920s right through to the late 1980s, the event will give fans the chance to see cars from across six decades in action on the Silverstone Historic Grand Prix circuit.

On Saturday evening, the drama and spectacle of sports cars racing into the dusk will evoke the atmosphere of the classic 24-hour race, which ran for the 76th time on the weekend of the 14th June.

Meanwhile, bringing the curtain down on the weekend race programme will be a 90-minute Group C race on Sunday afternoon for the Porsches, Jaguars, Nissans, Mercedes and Aston Martins that competed at Le Mans through the 1980s.

Many of the cars racing have Le Mans history and race in original livery.

The Denny Hulme Trophy Race with Hagerty will feature a sensational field from the World Sportscar Masters Series tackling a 90-minute race on Saturday evening, starting at 8pm.

Drivers Racing

Alec Poole (1968 LeMans) in the Gentleman Drivers race

Mike Wilds (1988) in the Group C race

Jonathan Baker (1994) in the World Sportscar Masters race

Christian Glasel (1999) in the FIA Historic F1 Championship

Gavin Pickering (2002-2004) in the Woodcote Trophy

Calum Lockie (2004) in the Group C race

Bobby Verdon-Roe (2005) in the Grand Prix Masters

Bob Berridge (2008) in the Top Hat Masters race

Amanda Stretton (2008) in the Top Hat Masters race

Adrian Newey (2007) in the World Sportscar Masters race

Nick Leventis (2007) in the Aston Martin race

Bernard de Dryver (2nd in 1987) in the Grand Prix Masters

The race is for sports-racing cars from the mid-60s through to 1973 will include a capacity Lola T70s, Ford GT40s, and Chevron B16s.

But it is not just the cars that will bring Le Mans heritage to Silverstone, as at least a dozen drivers competing in the Silverstone Classic have Le Mans experience spanning 40 years.

So, for a weekend of Le Mans fever in Northamptonshire, the 2008 Silverstone Classic is the perfect event for fans of sports car racing through the decades.

Event Background

The annual Silverstone Classic is a celebration of motor racing across all decades from the 1920s to the 1990s on a current FIA approved circuit and is not totally historic as it also invites more contemporary races such as Group C, Saloons and late Formula One cars to be raced and seen in their appropriate surroundings.

Classic Car Owner Clubs from across the UK and overseas play an important supporting role in recent years with 4,000 cars expected this year.

The event auction remains an important landmark and features such as the Scarf & Goggles meeting area, art & photo galleries, period air displays, funfairs, themed catering, will be retained and enhanced, with new attractions being added over the next few years.

For more information, ticket prices and the latest news visit the Silverstone Classic website or call 08717 03 38 48.

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