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Little Classics Feature: 30 July 2014

Silverstone Classic: The Roundup

Stirling Moss and 250F at Silverstone Classic

This year’s Silverstone Classic saw thousands visit the world famous track for one of the biggest classic car racing festivals. It was a weekend of celebration, festivities and unfortunately, also tragedy.

It’s only right we start by passing on our heartfelt thoughts to the family and friends of Denis Welch, an experienced and well-known competitor of the historic car racing event. Driving a 1960 Lotus 18 on Sunday, the classic Lotus rolled on track resulting in fatal injuries. The Motor Sport Association (MSA) are investigating the incident.

Maserati celebrate 100 years

Maserati Centenary Parade

In 1948 the first ever British GP was won by Luigi Villoresi driving a Maserati, so it was fitting that Moss lead out the parade having himself won two Grand Prix titles back in 1956 in the Maserati 250F (top).

Sir Stirling was joined by Alfieri Maserati, the son of Ernesto, one of the founding brothers, as well as over 200 Maserati road and competition models for the special centenary parade lap in front of the Silverstone crowd. The 100 years of the brand were represented with examples from each period of the marque’s history right up until the present as well as rarely-seen 1950s Maserati motorcycles.

Silverstone Auctions sees record sales

This 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS sold for a world record price

Silverstone Auctions achieved its highest ever total sales value, more than £5million, and secured some world record prices in its two day sale at the Silverstone Classic.

Wowing the crowds, a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS (above) in wonderful condition was successfully hammered away for a premium inclusive £82,225, more than £50,000 over its lower estimate and a world record for the model. Not to be outdone, a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS sold for a premium inclusive £77,050, breaking another world record.

One of the star lots at the sale was this 1950 Healey Silverstone

However, it wasn't just Ferraris that caught the attention of the crowds at the sale, which took place at the Wing, Silverstone. Topping the bill was a 1950 Healey Silverstone (above) which sold for a total of £212,750, while a 1996 Jaguar XJ220, aptly presented in Silverstone Green, sold for £187,450, more than £17,000 over its upper estimate.

Sir Stirling Moss leads epic parade

Sir Stirling Moss leads double celebration at Silverstone Classic

Preceding the historic parade of Maseratis, racing legend Stirling Moss OBE led out the largest collection of Grand Prix cars (above) ever assembled to mark the anniversary of the 50th Grand Prix held at Silverstone.

Moss was joined at the front by David Brabham, son of three-time World Champion Jack who was also celebrated at this year's Classic. The Australian passed away earlier this year and remains the only man to take the ultimate F1 title in a car bearing his own name.

Sir Stirling Moss leads double celebration at Silverstone Classic

A quite incredible array of Grand Prix cars followed the two racing legends. These included several pre-WW2 machines from the Brooklands era right up to Lotuses and Williams from the more modern DFV era.

60 years of the Mustang

Sky high celebrations for mega Mustang birthday party

The special Ford Mustang parade to celebrate the legendary model’s 50th birthday took place in front of a huge crowd, topping off the biggest ever gathering of the ‘Pony Cars’.

Ford Mustang celebration

In-field displays featured hundreds of models spanning all 50 years of the Mustang including legendary machines from movies such as Gone in 60 Seconds, American Gangster and Bullitt

Racing legends take to the track

Jaguar LeMans

Crowds witnessed a bumper schedule of 22 races, celebratory parades, two rock concerts, iconic classic car displays and a packed line-up of family entertainment. However, for many, it was the iconic racers of the past that was the main draw, from F1 to Le Mans specials and even the iconic classic Touring Cars traded places on track.

Jaguar D-Type at Silverston Classic


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