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Little Classics News: 15 April 2015

Silverstone Classic Warm up the Historic Racers

Patrick Watts and Tim Harvey

More than 130 of the world's finest historic racing cars revved up for the 2015 Silver Anniversary Silverstone Classic (24-26 July) at today’s sunny Media Day, as organisers predict the biggest and best event yet.

In excess of 200 media and VIP guests descended on Silverstone to discover details about this summer’s special 25th anniversary meeting.

Silverstone Classic Anniversary

With interest in historic motor sport at an all-time high, the Silverstone Classic is one of the blue riband events on the world racing calendar, and having attracted more than 1,100 entries in each of the last three years, a bumper crop of classis is on the cards in 2015.

“Silverstone Classic represents the very best historic racing anywhere on the planet,” said Event Director Nick Wigley. “The breadth of cars the event attracts is simply extraordinary, from Pre-War 1920s and ‘30s machinery through early Grand Prix cars, the glamour era of the ‘50s and ‘60s to 1980s F1 turbocharged beasts, Group C sportscars and Super Touring and GT legends from the ‘90s. It really is a comprehensive spectrum.”

F1 Legends at Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Classic can attribute its success to a number of elements, including the undeniably superb retro racing with tens of millions of pounds worth of classic cars competing flat-out and wheel-to-wheel around the GP circuit.

Last year, more than 9,000 privately-owned classic cars were on show, and a record 114 clubs have already signed up for 2015, with 31 anniversaries being celebrated for good measure – from the 25th birthday of the Honda NSX and Mazda MX-5 to 30 years of the Sinclair C5, 40 years of the Jaguar XJS, half-a-century of the Aston Martin DB6, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, MGB GT and 60 years of the Citroën DS and Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.

Pre-War Sports Cars at Silverstone Classic

Twenty-five years ago, Stuart Graham – the only man ever to win the iconic TT race in the post-war era on both two wheels and four – was the man who first had the brainwave of launching the Silverstone Classic, having noted the popularity and success of similar historic events in Germany and the USA.

Thus was born the International Historic Festival, which took place at Silverstone a week after the British Grand Prix, and proved to be the catalyst for many other retro-flavoured motor sport events that have followed.

“It’s extremely satisfying to see the Classic go from strength-to-strength every year,” Graham enthused, with some of the cars that competed in the inaugural edition still racing at the event to this day. “It’s now thoroughly well-established here at Silverstone and is one of the best historic events in the world. It’s exactly what we envisioned a quarter of a century ago – and it’s getting better every year.”


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