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Little Classics News: 25 January 2015

Silverstone Classic Bigger for 25th Anniversary Festival

Pre War racers back on the Classic

Two exciting new races have joined the traditional favourites at this summer’s Silver Jubilee edition of the Silverstone Classic (24-26 July) - ensuring the special 25th anniversary festival features the fullest possible spectrum of classic motor sport.

The first sees the welcome return of the charismatic Pre War Sports Cars while the second is a Classic debut for the popular Guards Trophy GT and Sports Racing Championship. Adding to the spectacle both races will run for 40 minutes with a mandatory pit stop and optional driver change.

Pre War racers back on the Classic

The Pre War Sports Car grid was a regular entertainer in the event’s early years but hasn’t featured on the packed bill since 2009. However, with organisers keen to highlight the long-running event’s glorious past the grid rejoins under the evocative ‘Mad Jack’ banner.

Named in honour of Richard ‘Mad Jack’ Shuttleworth, winner of the first Grand Prix staged at a road circuit in the UK back in 1935, the Motor Racing Legends-run Mad Jack Pre War Sports Car race will be one of the major crowd pleasers on Saturday’s action-packed schedule.

Chevron B8 at the Classic

It will also be the first time that the latest version of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit will host many of the most dramatic and entertaining sports cars from the pre-World War 2 era. These will include mighty 8-litre Bentleys, Type 35 Bugattis and Alfa 8C Monzas along with equally esteemed Aston Martins, Altas, Alvises, BMWs, Frazer Nashes, MGs, Talbots and Sunbeams.

Organised by the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), the Guards Trophy is the best-supported championship in historic racing. Now the championship for pre-1966 GT and pre-1969 sports-racing cars will get the highest profile race in its history when a capacity grid lines up on Sunday at the Classic.

“I’m delighted that we have been able to secure a slot at the Classic for the Guards Trophy,” said Grahame White, CEO of the HSCC. “This is a just reward for all the drivers who have supported the championship so well over the years.”

Guards Trophy grid in action

The capacity field typically includes Jaguar E-types, Lotus Elans, Ginetta G12s, Morgans and TVR Griffiths. A number of notable Chevron B6s and B8s are also regulars and their presence will be a fitting tribute to the distinguished racing marque founded by Derek Bennett in 1965 that is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

“The presence of both Pre War Sports Cars and Guards Trophy grids will add yet more variety and colour to this year’s Classic,” enthused Nick Wigley, Event Director. “While sports racers from the Twenties and Thirties may not be among the fastest on show, they will certainly be among the most dazzling and dramatic – everyone loves to watch the drivers as they wrestle to control machines that are big on power and small on grip. We are also delighted to introduce the Guards Trophy to the Classic audience – with a massive 58-car entry, they will provide yet another dimension and yet more entertainment.”

Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) can be found on the official website.


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