The Hunts at Sil­ver­stone

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - www.sil­ver­stoneclas­sic.com

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.

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