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Little Classics News: 7 February 2015

Classic GTs and Saloons to Create Silverstone Classic Battle of Britain

Triumph TR at Silverstone Classic

Two new races for classic British GT and saloon cars from the Fifties and Sixties have been added to this summer’s huge Silverstone Classic line-up (24-26 July).

Featuring grids packed with famous British-marques such as Aston Martin, Austin, Austin-Healey, Ford Cortina, Ginetta, Hillman, Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Mini, Marcos, Morgan, Morris, Riley, Sunbeam, Triumph, TVR and Wolseley, these two special showdowns will be staged under the ‘Battle of Britain’ banner.

MGB at Silverstone Classic

The pair of 20-minute races will be notable highlights in the classic racing entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday and – commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1940 air battle – they will be accompanied by special aerial displays by Spitfires and other Second World War aircraft.

Confirmation of this new initiative for British-made GT and Touring cars manufactured between the start of 1947 and the end of 1965, completes the most comprehensive line-up of on-track action yet seen at the record-breaking Silverstone Classic. With 22 races ranging from Pre War Sports Cars from the Twenties and Thirties to Super Tourers and 90s GT Legends from the Nineties, this year’s 25th anniversary event will showcase more soul-stirring motor sport history than ever before.

Classic Minis at Silverstone Classic

“We are always looking for new grids to widen the Classic’s appeal and these ‘Battle of Britain’ races will do just that,” explained Nick Wigley, Event Director. “You only have to look at all the fabulous displays put on by car clubs at the Classic to know that the Fifties and Sixties were glory days for the British motor industry with brands such as Mini, MG and TR very much to the fore. Now we will have lots of these wonderful icons competing against each other in what are going to be hugely exciting, patriotic and crowd-pleasing encounters.”

Classic Aston Martin at Silverstone Classic

Ensuring the entry embraces the fullest possible tribute to the era, six different classes are being welcomed ranging from nimble touring cars with sub-1300cc engines to mightier GT cars with engines over 3-litres. The results from Saturday’s race will set Sunday’s grid with class winners based on the combined classification of both races.

Morgan at Silverstone Classic

Full details of Silverstone Classic can be found at:

Battle of Britain regulations and entry forms are available from


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