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Little Classics Feature: 26 July 2015

Silverstone Classic Draws Huge Crowds for 25th Celebration

Silverstone Classic: classic cars on track

On its 25th anniversary Silverstone Classic was already on track for record crowds by Saturday, drawn by a host of classic cars and iconic racing machines on track and in the surrounding grounds. From legendary Formula One machines, famous touring cars and even Group C winners, yet again, the event has delivered something for everyone.

Jaguar E-type and AC Cobra on track at Silverstone Classic 2015

Having grown hugely over its quarter century, what it may have lost in its intimacy of early years, it has more than made up for by the magnetic pull of this world-leading event - drawing famous cars, racers and even bands – with Status Quo providing the headline entertainment.

Silverstone Classic Silver car Parade 2015

To celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the classic motorsport event, there was even an amazing parade of 200 silver cars from Land Rovers to Aston Martins (above).

Aston Martin and Jaguar in the rain at Silverstone Classics 2015

Saturday was the day for the tourists with dawn-to-dusk sunshine, whereas the Friday and Sunday provided real British weather challenges for both practice and competition (above).

Ferrari 246S

The Saturday saw spectacles such as the Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre ’61 Sports Cars. Gregor Fisken fought his way through from fifth on the grid in his stunning scarlet red Ferrari 246S (above). After overhauling runaway early leader Gary Pearson’s Lister Jaguar Knobbly during the pit-stop phase, he eased away to secure a commanding victory in a car that was raced back in 1961 by Formula One legends Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips.

Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal at Silverstone Classic

In the Warwick Banks Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars British Touring Car Championship duo Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal (above) avenged their cruel 2014 disappointment in the Ford Lotus Cortina by scything through the field from 14th on the grid behind the wheel of their Team Dynamics-prepared Ford Lotus Cortina.

Frazer Nash Super Sports

The Kidston Trophy for Pre-War Sports Cars saw a slow getaway from Frederic Wakeman in the front row-starting Frazer Nash Super Sports (above). However, when the 40 minutes of racing drew to a close both he and team-mate Pat Blakeney-Edwards eventually claimed a hard-fought victory.

Cooper on track

Other action on track come from the FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Super Touring Car Trophy, Maserati Trophy for HGPCA Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars, Jet Battle of Britain Trophy, FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, International Trophy for Classic GT Cars (Pre ’66), Group C, with even a further nine races on the Sunday.

Ferrari Breadvan at Silverstone Classic 2015

RAF Mini Club at Silverstone Classic 2015

Group C Jaguar

Silverstone Classic 2015 from above


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