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Little Classics News: 30 April 2014

Silverstone to Stage the World’s Biggest F1 Parade

Sir Stirling Moss OBE at Silverstone Classic 2014The world’s biggest ever parade of Formula One cars will be staged at this summer’s award-winning Silverstone Classic (25-27 July).

The glittering cavalcade, to be led by motor sport legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE, is being organised to celebrate 50 Grand Prixs at Silverstone. The Northamptonshire venue first hosted the British Grand Prix in 1948 and this year’s event will be its 50th, having shared the honour of putting on Britain’s blue ribbon event with both Aintree and Brands Hatch in the early years.

Silverstone to Stage the World’s Biggest F1 ParadeWith three massive grids (for FIA Masters Historic Formula One plus Historic Grand Prix Cars Association Pre ’66 and Pre ’61 Grand Prix cars) featuring more than 100 classic F1 cars from past generations, the Silverstone Classic already showcases more grand prix history than any other event in the world. While these competitors will be at the heart of the special parade which will be on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit during the lunch break on Sunday, others with F1 cars not racing at the Classic will also be encouraged to participate in the historic occasion.

Silverstone to Stage classic F1 racing“With three exciting and evocative races on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon starring more than seven decades of the world’s greatest grand prix cars, the Silverstone Classic is always a massive attraction for all F1 fans – but this year will be even more special,” vowed Nick Wigely, Event Director. “We really wanted to mark Silverstone’s 50th Grand Prix in terrific style and this fabulous parade will do just that. Obviously I’d like to thank Stirling for agreeing to head the parade and those at Masters and the HGPCA for their enthusiastic support. We now want to hear from others with F1 cars who are keen to participate.”

Moss, 84, is widely regarded as ‘the greatest driver never to win the World Championship’ though he enjoyed many F1 victories for Cooper, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes and Vanwall.

Silverstone to Stage the World’s Biggest F1 Parade“The Silverstone Classic really is a great event and it will be an absolute honour to lead this parade of Grand Prix cars,” said Sir Stirling. “This is the global home of motor racing after all – I recall meeting Her Majesty here and so many other dignitaries and guests over the years, not to mention my memories of the circuit itself and the Grands Prix I contested.

“Silverstone is a wonderful place with a rich history; in my day it really was a fast and challenging circuit with some extremely demanding corners. During my career I believe I raced 108 cars so I had a pretty good innings and seeing some of those that’ll be involved in the Silverstone Classic brings back a lot of great memories for me. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it all in July.”

F1 car owners wishing to join the record parade should contact Sarah Knowles-MacKenzie (sarah.knowles-mackenzie@goose.co.uk).

Silverston Classic Ford Mustang 50th AnniversaryThis summer’s extravaganza has also been chosen by the Mustang Owners Club for its official 50th anniversary celebration of the Ford Mustang, while Maserati will be honouring its centenary with another mouth-watering pageant.

Further festival information and full details of all ticket prices is available via the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.



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