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