Jaguars, Fer­raris, As­ton Martins, and, the humble A35 make up grid of more than 1000 en­tries

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Amam­moth grid ex­ceed­ing 1000 en­tries span­ning eight decades high­lighted yet an­other year of spec­tac­u­lar his­toric mo­tor rac­ing at Bri­tain’s most fa­mous cir­cuit.

New for this year was the muchan­tic­i­pated celebrity race, which saw Johnny Searle and Ant An­stead have big offs on the Satur­day. Sun­day’s owner race wit­nessed a ter­rific three­way slip­stream­ing scrap for the top spot be­tween Mike Jor­dan, Jonathan Lewis and Ben Col­burn, with the ad­van­tage go­ing to Jor­dan in the end.

Else­where, the un­der 2.0-litre tour­ing cars were eas­ily as thrilling as any ac­tion at Good­wood.

Away from the track more than 100 car clubs, fea­tur­ing more than 10,000 clas­sic cars were on fine dis­play around the GP cir­cuit. Dy­namic driv­ing demon­stra­tions, live mu­sic, and air dis­plays all took a back seat in com­par­i­son. At a time when For­mula 1’s pres­ence at Sil­ver­stone is in doubt, it’s good to know that the clas­sic sec­tor con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength, year on year.

High­lights of this year’s Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic can be caught on ITV4 at 8pm on Thurs­day, 10 Au­gust, pre­sented by Tiff Needell.

Austin A30/35s are as pop­u­lar as ever, pro­vid­ing real rac­ing thrills and spills.

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