DIVERSE LINE-UP FOR BEAULIEU’S
|1903||Panhard et Levassor|
|1909||Isotta Fraschini FENC Tipo A|
|1912||Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost ‘Nellie’|
|1912||Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost A. Mulliner Tourer|
|1913||Renault Type DP Coupe Chauffeur 22/24HP Par Renaudin et Besson|
|1920||Ballot 3/8 LC|
|1924||Alfa Romeo RL TF|
|1925||Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater|
|1929||Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer|
|1929||Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Riviera Town Car|
|1931||Bugatti Type 54 Delage D8|
|1932||Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Zagato|
|1935||Auburn Eight Supercharged Boattail Speedster|
|1936||Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet ‘Tipo Bocca’|
|1937||Aston Martin 15/98 Tourer|
|1937||Alvis 4.3-Litre Vanden Plas Concealed Hood DHC|
|1938||Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Erdman & Rossi|
|1939||Lagonda V12 Rapide Drophead Coupé|
|1949||Bentley MkV1 Special Lightweight H.J.Mulliner Fixed-head Coupé Prototype|
|1950||Ferrari 166MM/212Export ‘Uovo’|
|1950||Aston Martin DB2|
|1952||Alfa Romeo ‘Pre-series’ 1900 Sprint Touring Coupé|
|1952||Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupé|
|1953||Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car|
|1954||Fiat 8V Vignale Berlinetta|
|1954||Jaguar XK120 Pinin Farina Coupé|
|1954||Aston Martin DB3S Team Car ‘62EMU’|
|1955||Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward|
|1956||Bentley S1 Continental Coupe by Park Ward|
|1957||Ferrari 500 TRC|
|1957||Fiat 1200 Vignale ’Wonderful’|
|1961||Intermeccanica IMP 700GT|
|1962||Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti # 3367GT|
|1965||Ford GT40 Mk I Gulf #GT40P /1084|
|1965||Aston Martin DB5 Convertible|
|1965||Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long Nose|
|1966||Lamborghini 400 GT Touring 2+2|
|1967||Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada|
|1967||Ferrari 365 California Spyder|
|1968||Jaguar XJ6 Series I ex-Sir William Lyons|
|1970||Ferrari Dino 246 GTB|
|1971||Lamborghini Miura P400S|
|1983||Prototype Ferrari 288 GTO|
|1992||Jaguar XJ 220|
|2018||Ferrari GTC4 Lusso ‘TailorMade’ Arancia|
SIZZLING SILVERSTONE SERVES UP ANOTHER CLASSIC CLASSIC
Last weekend’s Silverstone Classic has been universally hailed as another massive success by the 100,000 visitors, competitors, performers, grid organisers, exhibitors, car clubs, and media, who savoured three extraordinary days of epic entertainment at the home of British motor sport.
For the fourth year in succession the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival attracted a six figure attendance drawn by a magical mix of unrivaled retro racing grids, glittering automotive anniversaries plus a feast of fun-fuelled attractions for all the family.
The spectacular on-track action featured more than a 1,000 entries spanning eight decades of much-loved motor sport history. This year’s packed 21-race programme again delivered huge grids – often totaling in excess of 50 cars – of Formula One, GT, sports and touring cars from what many today regard as the golden eras of yesteryear.
With the world famous Northamptonshire circuit celebrating the 70th anniversary of its very first Grand Prix staged back in 1948, the sun-drenched weekend’s four spectacular showdowns for illustrious F1 cars were of extra significance. Adding to those celebrations, a special display showcased eight great GP cars that had raced on the original runways at Silverstone including a trio of very distinguished ERAs plus a pair of marvelous Maseratis as raced in period by the first two F1 World Champions: Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio.
At the other end of the single-seater spectrum – and marking the pinnacle to an incredible three-year Diamond Jubilee World Tour – was a record turn-out of diminutive Formula Juniors… so many in fact that they were split into two capacity 54-car grids.
First introduced in 1958 as an affordable stepping-stone for young drivers with their sights set on Formula 1, Formula Junior was a massive global success. Not only did it produce four World Champions – Jim Clark OBE, John Surtees CBE, Denny Hulme OBE and Jochen Rindt – to whom the Silverstone races were dedicated but also motivating a wealth of budding young engineers and designers all inspired by the clever regulations to build their own distinctive racers.
Underlining the wealth of talent which the formula attracted, no fewer than 32 different makes of Formula Junior car took to the circuit on Saturday afternoon for a very special Diamond Jubilee track parade. The current crop of drivers is pretty talented, too: Cameron Jackson winning the overall ‘Motor Sport Driver of the Weekend’ for his stirring fight-back to finish second from 50th on the starting grid after his 1962 Brabham BT2 suffered a broken throttle cable in qualifying.
Sunday’s focus switched to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the ever-popular British Touring (née Saloon) Car Championship. Marking this notable milestone, the race card included four thrilling bumper-to-bumper contests with past champions such as John Cleland and Rickard Rydell renewing past rivalries.
Visitors on Tin Top Sunday were also treated to a dazzling BTCC 60 Year Anniversary Parade fronted by the series’ most successful driver Jason Plato driving last year’s title winning Subaru Levorg. Bookending history, Plato was joined at the fore by an Austin Westminster A105 as driven by Jack Sears to the inaugural title back in 1958.
Other notable cars in the huge cavalcade included Doc Shepherd’s title winning Austin A40 from 1960, Frank Gardner’s title winning Escort from 1968, the iconic 1994 Volvo 850 Estate with its original driver Rydell at the helm plus multiple race-winner Stuart Graham back behind the wheel of an iconic Faberge liveried Camaro from the BTCC’s heavy metal era.
With so many notable past and present BTCC drivers attending the Classic, a special commemorative photo was organised. Between them, those assembled had amassed more than 250 race wins and no fewer than eight BTCC titles: John Fitzpatrick (1966), John Cleland (1989 and 1995), Rickard Rydell (1998) Jason Plato (2001 and 2010), Colin Turkington (2009 and 2014). Other tin-top legends present included Stuart Graham, Jeff Allam, Patrick Watts, Tiff Needell, Steve Soper and 2012 World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff.
While the unrivalled roster of superlative retro races remains at the heart of the Silverstone Classic, as ever the track action was perfectly complemented by an amazing line-up of off-track entertainment.
Over three richly colourful days on the infield, more than 110 hugely enthusiastic car clubs were out in force displaying a glittering array totalling more than 10,000 classic road cars. Many of these clubs were also celebrating marque and model anniversaries with special track parades of their own. Notable among these was the Morgan Owners Club marking the 50th birthday of the iconic Plus 8 and a troupe of Jaguar clubs honouring 70 years of the seminal XK120 sportscar as well as 50 years of XJ models.
Providing yet more entertainment for every age, all the crowd-pleasing attractions that have proved so popular with families at recent Classics returned in spectacular style: Streetcar Shoot-outs, the JET big wheel, Spitfire engine fire-ups, Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics now presented by Haynes Publishing, crazy golf, an adrenaline zone, period funfair rides, air displays and pulsating live music sets this year from chart-toppers Soul II Soul and UB40… the entertainment just kept coming and coming, with some notable new additions, too!
World record holder Terry Grant brought his jaw-dropping stunt show to the Classic for the very first time while younger visitors were given the chance not only to polish their pre-season football talents at the Yokohama Chelsea Skills Zone but also (if aged 10 and over) to whet their motoring appetites by driving a dual-controlled Vauxhall Corsa with Young Driver.
Another amazing new attraction was a dazzling display of Supercar Legends presented by Yokohama, based right at the heart of Silverstone’s International Paddock. In keeping with the event’s reflective character, it showcased not only some of the world’s latest speedsters from hallowed hyper brands such as Aston Martin, Koenigsegg, Pagani and TVR but also an iconic forebear thus highlighting the enviable heritage of participating brands.
“From all angles, it was another absolutely cracking Silverstone Classic,” effused Nick Wigley, Event Director. “Whether it’s the gushing approvals I’ve had in person or via reading the numerous posts on social media, the positive feedback from all involved has been absolutely incredible. Praise, of course, is always wonderful to receive but, more importantly, it drives our passion to deliver an even bigger and better Silverstone Classic next summer.”
For those with a 2019 diary, the provisional date for next year’s Silverstone Classic is 26-28 July. In meantime, television viewers can catch highlights on ITV4 immediately after the live BTCC coverage on Sunday 12 August.
STARS SHINE ON SUPER SUNDAY AS SILVERSTONE CLASSIC CONCLUDES
• Curtain comes down on another unforgettable Silverstone Classic
• Terrific touring cars grab the headlines on Tin-Top Sunday
• Illustrious names in the spotlight with superstar performances
• Magnificent parades and fantastic family fun delight 100,000+ visitors
Many of motor racing’s brightest stars came out to play on the third and final day of the 2018 Silverstone Classic to bring another memorable festival weekend to a shimmering conclusion.
Dubbed Tin-Top Sunday in honour of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the enduringly-popular British Touring (née Saloon) Car Championship, an illustrious line-up of high-profile drivers – both from today and yesteryear – lit up the timesheets on an exhilarating day of wall-to-wall retro racing.
Together with an abundance of marvellous parades from dozens of the country’s top car clubs and a huge array of family-orientated activities to entertain eventgoers of all ages, the Silverstone Classic once again attracted in excess of 100,000 visitors to affirm its coveted status as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.
With touring cars taking centre stage on Sunday to comprise four of the day’s ten races, the star attractions were out in force in the much-anticipated JET Super Touring Car Trophy with all eyes on legend of the discipline Rickard Rydell to see whether he could recreate his race-winning exploits in the 1998 Volvo S40, 20 years on from his BTCC title.
After bringing the crowds to their feet by nosing into the lead early on, Rydell was ultimately forced to settle for second position behind the winning Honda Accord of James Dodd, who collected his second win of the Silverstone Classic weekend. Nevertheless, a third-place finish for 1989 and 1995 champion John Cleland in the Vauxhall Vectra ensured a popular podium line-up that fittingly evoked misty-eyed memories of the BTCC’s Super Touring heydays.
Earlier on, one of touring car’s most successful modern-day racers Rob Huff swapped his technologically-advanced World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) VW Golf for the humbler but substantially more iconic Ford Lotus Cortina to claim victory in the Gallet Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars (U2TC) alongside Andy Wolfe. Huff – the 2012 World Touring Car Champion – and Wolfe finished 16secs clear of second place Andy and Maxim Banks in their Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA to secure one of the most popular triumphs of the day, with Wolfe the beneficiary of a beautiful heritage-inspired Gallet watch as owner of the winning car.
Both Huff and Wolfe returned at the close of the event in the thundering Transatlantic Trophy for Pre ’66 Touring Cars, albeit in separate entries. Driving a Ford Falcon alongside Trevor Buckley, Huff was forced to settle for a hard-fought fifth-place whereas Wolfe powered to his second win of the day in the Ford Falcon Sprint he shared with Mike Gardiner.
In the Historic Touring Car Challenge, father-son pairing Nick and Harry Whale surged to a dominant victory in one of the most successful saloon cars of its generation, the BMW M3 E30, ahead of Mark Smith and Arran Moulton-Smith in another of the Munich marque’s venerable vehicles.
The riveting racing action was complemented by a show-stopping parade to mark 60 years of the BTCC featuring racing cars spanning six decades from a glorious Austin A105 Westminster as raced by Jack Sears to the inaugural BTCC (née BSCC) title in 1958, all the way to the 2017 BTCC title-winning Subaru Levorg GT as driven today by touring car legend Jason Plato.
On a fabulous weekend rich in racing diversity from the first green light to the final chequered flag, Sunday saved some of the best action until last, not least in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One as Nick Padmore – this time starting from a reversed eighth on the grid – scythed his way to the front to claim a second win of the weekend in his ex-Carlos Reutemann Williams FW07C
Despite losing out to a dominant Padmore on the road, Michael Lyons earned another podium finish in second place and was also awarded the Henry Hope-Frost #FEVER Award in honour of the much-loved late broadcaster and freelance journalist, who tragically lost his life in a road traffic accident earlier this year. Bestowed upon the driver who produced the most memorable high-octane moment from the weekend, Lyons earned the accolade as a result of his audacious around the outside pass on Martin Stretton’s Tyrrell at Stowe on Saturday.
In the weekend’s second outing for the Masters Endurance Legends, Steve Tandy clinched a double victory at the wheel of his Lola B12/60 after prevailing in an entertaining race-long dice with Herve Regout driving the Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2. In third position, David Porter picked up a third-place finish in his striking Peugeot 908 LMP1, a modern icon of innovation that justifiably earned it the sought-after Stuart Graham Scarf & Goggles Award for the most admired competition car at the Classic this year.
In the same race, six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy basked in more of the success he has become accustomed to during his staggering career with a P2 class-winning drive en route to sixth position overall in his Courage LC75, the Scotsman adding another milestone result to an already remarkable repertoire.
Following its record-breaking parade on Saturday, Historic Formula Junior returned to the track in conclusion of a triumphant two-year Diamond Jubilee World Tour. Sam Wilson collected his second victory of the weekend to lift the Jochen Rindt Trophy for cars in period 1961-1963 driving his Lotus 20/22. There were also plaudits for Cameron Jackson, who made an exemplary charge to second place from 50th on the grid.
Anthony Hibberd secured victory for Historic Formula Junior (1958-1960) in his Lola Mk2, while the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars went the way of Gary Pearson in his majestic Jaguar D-type. In the second Adrian Flux Trophy for Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars (HGPCA) of the weekend, Peter Horsman in his Lotus 18/21 topped the podium ahead of Mark Daniell (Cooper) in second and Tony Wood (Maserati) in third.
If the action was riveting on-track, the spectacle was simply resplendent off it as acres of exquisite machinery dazzled in the Silverstone sun. With thousands of beautiful automobiles taking to Silverstone’s hallowed asphalt to enjoy their own lap of honour over the weekend, it was the turn of the British Leyland 50th Anniversary and Sprite 60th Anniversary to revel in their moment in the Silverstone sun on Sunday.
With each attending car club making an indelible contribution to the success of the Silverstone Classic, their efforts were also marked with coveted prizes. This year, a pristine example of a rare Aston Martin DB1 earned Allan Southward the much desired Yokohama Trophy for Club Car of the Show, while the Ferrari Owners Club was handed the Adrian Flux Trophy for the Best Car Club Display.
Together with the huge variety of entertainment, including Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics presented by Haynes Publishing, tyre-shredding Streetcar Shootouts, the Yokohama Chelsea Skills Zone for budding footballers and the JET Village Green – complete with funfair rides and racing simulators – the 2018 Silverstone Classic provided a veritable feast of fun for the whole family like never before.
“Every year the Silverstone Classic just gets bigger and better,“ enthused event CEO, Nick Wigley. “Once again, it’s been a non-stop weekend packed with epic races, record track parades, vast car club displays, some truly fabulous family entertainment plus a great Saturday evening performance by UB40 – with so much terrific entertainment, it's no surprise that so many are now staying with us for the full three-day festival. The dust hasn’t yet settled at Silverstone but we are already planning an even more spectacular Classic next summer."
Provisional dates for the Silverstone Classic in 2019 are: 26 – 28 July.
Race Results [Sunday]:
Jochen Rindt Trophy for Historic Formula Junior (1961-1963)
Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars
Gallet Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars (U2TC)
John Surtees Trophy for Historic Formula Junior (1958 – 1960)
Historic Touring Car Challenge
FIA Masters Historic Formula One
JET Super Touring Car Trophy
Masters Endurance Legends
Adrian Flux Trophy for Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars (HGPCA)
Transatlantic Trophy for Pre ’66 Touring Cars
All the latest news is available on the official website silverstoneclassic.com