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Friday, 17 June 2016
IGNITION BRINGS THE SOUND AND FURY OF FORMULA 1 TO SCOTLAND
Press Release For Immediate Distribution: 13/06/16
IGNITION BRINGS THE SOUND
AND FURY OF FORMULA 1
• F1 cars old and new take to the streets of Glasgow
• See and hear Grand Prix cars in action
• Red Bull, Williams, Benetton, Lotus and BAR star
Formula 1 cars formally driven by champions including Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet, Keke Rosberg and Jenson Button, will form the centrepiece of a remarkable history of Grand Prix racing at Scotland’s brand new IGNITION Festival of Motoring.
But the Grand Prix greats from Red Bull, Williams, Benetton, Lotus and BAR Honda won't be mere static exhibits. Visitors to the Festival, which runs from 5-7 August, will be able to see and hear the cars in action… the first time F1 cars have been driven through the streets in Scotland.
At set times throughout the three days of the Festival they will be powered around a special street circuit laid out on roads between Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and the nearby SSE Hydro Arena.
Among the cars will be a Camel Lotus 101 (below bottom left), as driven by three times champion Nelson Piquet in 1989, as well as the car that put Michael Schumacher on the F1 map – the Benetton 193B from 1993 (below top left).
They will be joined by 2011’s Red Bull RB7, which will be driven by Scotland’s own David Coulthard on Saturday and Sunday 6 and 7 August – and by Sergio Sette Camara from the Red Bull Junior team on the opening Friday.
The unique grid will be completed by Jenson Button’s 2004 BAR Honda (Main), which took the Brit to third in that year’s drivers’ championship, and the Williams FW08 that helped Keke Rosberg to the title in 1982 (below top right).
F1 anoraks, meanwhile, will be drawn to one of the rarest Grand Prix machines ever produced, the Tec-Mec. Essentially a much-modified Maserati 250F, the Tec-Mec F415 took part in just one Grand Prix, the 1959 USA race, where it was driven by little-known Brazilian Fritz d’Orey. The car completed just six laps before retiring (below bottom right).
“There’s nothing quite like the sound of an F1 car in full flight so we are delighted not just to have gathered together such a collection of significant Grand Prix cars for IGNITION but also to have found owners more than happy to put these priceless cars through their paces for the fans,” said Jeremy Vaughan, Ignition’s Event Director. “To have all these wonderful heart-pounding V8, V10 and V12 racing engines all revving up on the streets of Scotland for the first time really is going to be something very, very special.”
IGNITION Festival of Motoring promises three days of all action excitement as well as hall after hall of new cars and classic cars, supercars and super bikes. Among the attractions will be The Top Gear Magazine Performance Grid, which will bring together an array of performance cars including the McLaren P1, Ariel Nomad and Aston Martin DB11 for a series of power laps… with Top Gear’s very own tame racing driver The Stig heading the driver line-up.
There will also be special displays paying tribute to Scotland’s world-beating motor sport heritage with Scottish motoring superstars to the fore. Alongside Grand Prix ace Coulthard, Jimmy McRae will be driving son Colin’s World Rally Championship winning Subaru.
And there’ll be more live action at the arena where displays will include regular performances by the Top Gear Live Stunt Team and a drifting extravaganza headed by Boyzone star and racer Shane Lynch.
IGNITION Festival of Motoring is staged by the team behind the globally successful Top Gear Live events, the London Classic Car Show, Top Gear Festivals and the Chris Evans-inspired CarFest North and South family shows.
Advance tickets, with prices to suit every budget, are now on sale via the show’s website:www.ignitionfestival.co.uk. The site has full details on all ticket offers, including special VIP entry to the show’s star-studded opening evening, as well as all the latest news and show newsletter.