The Hunts at Silverstone
James Hunt’s son Freddie will be one of the star attractions at this year’s Silverstone Classic – as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of Hunt’s Formula 1 World Championship title.
The world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, taking place on 29-31 July at the Northants circuit will have a selection of James Hunt’s cars and trophies in a display. Freddie will be racing a Hesketh-liveried Mini throughout the weekend.
This year’s event is one for firsts, as there will be several big debuts. Four separate touring car grids will feature for the first time – the JET Super Touring Car Trophy (1990-2000), Historic Touring Car Challenge (1967-1989), Big-Engined Touring Cars (Pre ’66) and Under 2-Litre Touring Cars (Pre ’66). Together they will bring together more than 200 of the nation’s best-loved cars.
The new Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge will stage its season finale at the Classic too. These extreme machines will provide an awe-inspiring soundtrack to the event as they celebrate their 50th
anniversary in 2016. Extending the Classic’s appeal will see two and threewheeled vehicles participate for the first time – the World GP Bike Legends series and the Sidecar Salute to the bill.
It will also have its own charity partner for the first time – Prostate Cancer UK.
‘Thanks to a tireless effort by the entire organising team, the Silverstone Classic has become a world-class event,’ says Nick Wigley, chief executive officer of organiser Goose Live Events. ‘I’m incredibly excited
about the addition of the Can-Am celebration this year – the sound is going to be absolutely immense.’
Head of public relations for the event, Jonathan Gill, adds: ‘Ticket sales are really strong. They’re already on par with last year, and that was the special 25th anniversary. The event is becoming more family friendly, too – the new family weekend ticket package has proven to be immensely popular.’
Freddie Hunt with his dad’s 1976 title-winning McLaren-Ford M23. He’ll race a Mini at the Classic.