jaguar to rev up the ac­tion at sil­ver­stone

At­tract­ing more vis­i­tors and more amaz­ing cars – that’s the aim of this year’s Clas­sic

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Brown www.sil­ver­stoneclas­

Even more great cars are promised to fea­ture at this year’s Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic on 28-30 July – and there’s plenty of room for more vis­i­tors.

‘ We’ve at­tracted more than 100,000 peo­ple to the Clas­sic over the last two years,’ says event di­rec­tor, Nick Wrigley, ‘ but there’s plenty of space to hold a lot more!’

And while the event con­tin­ues to push its fam­ily ap­peal with a broad range of at­trac­tions over three days, it is the in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of clas­sic cars tak­ing part that con­tin­ues to set the week­end apart.

The 2017 Clas­sic looks set to fea­ture the big­gest ever turnout of car clubs – more have al­ready signed up than last year. More than 10,000 pri­vately-owned cars will be dis­played, with an­niver­sary pa­rades to in­clude the Fiat 500, Lo­tus 7, TVR and Tri­umph TR5.

In ad­di­tion, the UK’s big­gest-ever dis­play and parade of Jaguar XJ220s will cel­e­brate the mid-en­gined, twoseater su­per­car’s 25th an­niver­sary. Jaguar pro­duced just 271 XJ220s from 1992-1994 in con­junc­tion with Tom Walkin­shaw Rac­ing.

‘ We are invit­ing all XJ220 own­ers from round the world to join us for what will be a re­ally spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of an of­ten over­looked

su­per­car,’ says Don Law of XJ220 spe­cial­ist, Don Law Rac­ing. ‘The largest public gath­er­ing of XJ220s in the UK to date is 20 – our aim for this sum­mer’s clas­sic is to at least dou­ble that num­ber.’

Jaguar will have an en­hanced pres­ence at the Clas­sic in 2017 as one of the event’s of­fi­cial part­ners and has added a new round of its Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge to its cal­en­dar.

‘The Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic race will be an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge, form­ing round three of the se­ries,’ says Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic Di­rec­tor Tim Han­nig. ‘ We’ll have a 40-minute race on the Sun­day for all pre-1966 Jaguars, with classes cater­ing for XKs, C-type, D-type, XKSS, MkI, Mk2 and S-type sa­loons, and all-con­quer­ing E-types.’

Ad­vanced ticket sales for the 2017 Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic have ex­ceeded last year’s fig­ures, with three-day tick­ets in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar. Early Bird tick­ets were still avail­able as

CCW went to press, but this of­fer ex­pires on 31 March.

‘There’s plenty of room for lots more vis­i­tors’ event di­rec­tor, nick Wrigley

There will be plenty of Jaguar ac­tion at this year’s Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic, with the Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge added to list of races – plus a cel­e­bra­tion of the XJ220. Colour­ful line-up of Fiat 500s at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic pre­view day.

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