Silverstone Classic bosses hoping for another record-breaking year

Action from the historic Formula One race at the 2012 Silverstone Classic
Action from the historic Formula One race at the 2012 Silverstone Classic

A record-breaking meeting with more than 1,000 historic cars is expected at this summer’s Silverstone Classic, after organisers confirmed a programme of 24 races spanning eight decades of motorsport.

The line-up for the weekend of July 26 to 28 includes historic Formula One, sportscar, GT and touring car races, plus a further three grids to be announced in the next few weeks.

The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA) will have grids of pre-1961 and pre-1966 F1 cars, including the Bugattis of the 1920s to the Brabhams and Coopers of the 1950s.

Grand Prix Masters puts the spotlight on F1 racing between 1968 to 1978, including Brabham, Lotus, McLaren, Tyrrell and Williams.

Other races include Historic Formula Junior, sportscars and GT, post-war sports-racers and the Group C prototypes from the likes of Jaguar, Mercedes, Peugeot, which competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1980s.

There will also be 58 cars in a grid of pre-1966 touring cars, and another large grid in the Group A and Super Touring cars from the 1980s and 1990s.

Event director Nick Wigley said: “It all adds up to another incredible line-up of races that put the spotlight on so much fantastic racing history.

“With more than 1000 entries, the Silverstone Classic is now not only the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival but also the largest race meeting staged anywhere on the globe. It may sound clichéd but, hand on heart and given some of the announcements yet to come, this summer’s looks like being the most successful yet.”

Early bird tickets for the weekend, starting at £30 plus fees, are now on sale. These include paddock access and live music on the Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information visit the Silverstone Classic website.