Bumper en­try for the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic hon­ours the cir­cuit’s 70th an­niver­sary

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It is the big­gest an­nual fes­ti­val of clas­sic and his­toric rac­ing and fills both the ‘Wing’ pit com­plex and the her­itage pits at Sil­ver­stone with around 1000 pe­riod race cars. The Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic is sim­ply huge, and the 2018 edi­tion runs from 20 to 22 July.

Right from the be­gin­ning of the his­toric fes­ti­val at Sil­ver­stone, the cir­cuit’s F1 her­itage has been a cen­tral fea­ture – and this year’s will be very spe­cial since it marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the 1948 RAC Grand Prix. Sil­ver­stone’s de­but event pre-dated the start of the world cham­pi­onship by 18 months and fea­tured a num­ber of pre-war GP cars. A young Stir­ling Moss was among the en­trants in the 500cc F3 sup­port race.

Rep­re­sent­ing the early years of Sil­ver­stone his­tory will be two races for cars from the His­toric Grand Prix Cars As­so­ci­a­tion, rang­ing from the mid-1930s to the end of the 1500cc en­gine for­mula at the close of 1965.

A fab­u­lous 50-car grid ranges from the 1937 Tal­bot of Richard Pilk­ing­ton to the 2.7-litre Tas­man-en­gined Brab­hams of Barry Can­nell and Jon Fair­ley. In be­tween will be a raft of front- and rear-en­gined GP cars, in­clud­ing the Lo­tus 21 that Jim Clark raced in the fate­ful 1961 Ital­ian GP. The lead­ing front-en­gined car is the rare Scarab of Ju­lian Bron­son.

A cou­ple of FIA Mas­ters His­toric For­mula One Cham­pi­onship races will recre­ate the sport’s Cos­worth DFV era, and as many as 30 cars from the 1970s are ex­pected. For­mer cham­pion Martin Stret­ton (Tyrrell 012), Katsu Kub­ota (Lo­tus 91), Si­mon Fish (En­sign N180) and Steve Hart­ley (Ar­rows A4) are among the lead­ing con­tenders. July 21-22: Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic Sale (Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions) July 20-22: Mas­ters FIA His­toric F1 Cham­pi­onship, Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic July 20-22: His­toric Grand Prix Cars As­so­ci­a­tion races, Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic July 28-29: Shel­s­ley Walsh Clas­sic Nos­tal­gia: F1 through the ages Au­gust 3-5: Copen­hagen His­toric Grand Prix Au­gust 10-12: Mas­ters FIA His­toric F1, Nur­bur­gring Old­timer Grand Prix Au­gust 23-26: Mas­ters USA His­toric F1, Rolex Mon­terey Mo­tor­sports Re­union Au­gust 25-26: RM Sotheby’s auc­tion at Mon­terey, Cal­i­for­nia Septem­ber 1-2: Mas­ters FIA His­toric F1 Cham­pi­onship, Zand­voort His­toric Grand Prix Septem­ber 5: RM Sotheby’s Auc­tion, Lon­don Septem­ber 6-8: Good­wood Re­vival Septem­ber 8: Bon­hams Good­wood Re­vival Auc­tion Septem­ber 14-16: Mas­ters FIA His­toric F1 Cham­pi­onship, Spafran­cor­champs Oc­to­ber 12-14: Mas­ters FIA His­toric F1 Cham­pi­onship, Di­jon-prenois


Stir­ling Moss raced in the in­au­gu­ral British GP F3 sup­port race in 1948. 70 years on Sil­ver­stone is cel­e­brat­ing...

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