Thursday, 20 July 2017


Silverstone Classic


• Final list includes top names from sport, showbiz, music and TV    
• From Take That to Top Gear via Dragons’ Den and Olympic Gold
• Raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK   
• All tickets for the Classic must be purchased in advance

World and Olympic champions, chart-topping musicians, bestselling authors and familiar figures from TV and radio will all be on the star-studded grid for the inaugural Celebrity Challenge Trophy Race at this month’s eagerly-anticipated Silverstone Classic (28-30 July).
The stellar big-name lineup features no fewer than five gold medal-winning athletes. These are topped by Jason Kenny CBE who, along with fellow track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, is Britain’s most successful Olympian having amassed no fewer than six gold medals.
Other standout sportsmen revving up at Silverstone include 500cc World Motorcycle Champions Wayne Gardner and ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer plus three-time boxing World Champion, Carl Froch.
Famous musicians are out in force, too – notably, Howard Donald from chart-toppers Take That and Brian Johnson, who fronted rock legends AC/DC for over 35 years. Crime writer Peter James is another best-seller on the grid alongside a host of TV personalities including Ant Anstead (Wheeler Dealers), Tiff Needell (ex-BBC Top Gear) and Theo Paphitis (Dragons’ Den).
In keeping with the event’s prominence as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, these luminaries will all be racing flat-out in an evocative field of Austin A30 and A35 saloons from the late fifties. The cars have been kindly provided by members of the HRDC (Historic Racing Drivers Club) Academy who have their own race on the Sunday of the event.
Celebrities have been split into five teams representing their professions, and each team will be mentored by a renowned racing driver. Three of these are former F1 aces – Mark Blundell, Martin Donnelly and Rupert Keegan – the other two are touring car heroes: Anthony Reid and Steve Soper.

 Wayne Gardner and Steve Soper will aim for success at Silverstone (left) while the nimble Austin A35 is the car of choice for 2017 (
The celebrities and their team leaders will qualify and race on Saturday
and have the opportunity of winning the charity prize fund of £10,000 for the event’s official charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
“What an amazing line-up,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of organiser, Goose Live Events, who also explained the vast commitment that everybody involved has been making to pull off such an extraordinary high-profile spectacle. “The majority of those competing have never raced before, so they’ve all been put through their paces by those at the Silverstone Motorsport Academy to obtain their MSA race licences and have been learning the complexities of the GP circuit on a range of track days.

Jonny Searle, Greg Searle and Mark Hunter will go for gold at Silvertone (left). Howard Donald will be racing at the Classic
“Inevitably, with very busy diaries, a few such as Sir Patrick Stewart and Mike Gatting have had to drop out due to filming and personal commitments, but the final grid is every bit as impressive as we’d hoped. It’s going to be a lot of fun and the presence of so many personalities will add yet another dimension to what is already an incredible three-day event.”
Indeed, the Celebrity Challenge Trophy is one of 22 amazing races putting the spotlight on more than 80 years of glorious motor sports history.   
Going for Gold
Anthony Reid (team captain)
Amy Williams MBE
Jason Kenny CBE
Jonny Searle MBE
Greg Searle MBE
Mark Hunter MBE
Rocking & Racing
Martin Donnelly (team captain)
Brian Johnson
Howard Donald
Peter James
Neil Primrose
Bike Legends
Steve Soper (team captain)
Wayne Gardner
Freddie Spencer
Steve Parrish
Maria Costello MBE
Screen Stars
Mark Blundell (team captain)
Theo Paphitis
Ant Anstead
Vassos Alexander
Tony Jardine
Tiff Needell
SKY Sports Stars
Rupert Keegan (team captain)
Carl Froch MBE
Orla Chennaoui
Mike Wedderburn
Johnny Nelson
Fans wishing to see all these heroes in track action must purchase tickets in advance. Adult admission starts at £43 and weekend camping and hospitality upgrades are available.
All tickets provide access to racing paddocks, trackside grandstand seating, live music concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings featuring the Bootleg Beatles and Tony Hadley formerly of Spandau Ballet, vintage funfair rides, air shows and car club displays as well as a host of other family-friendly demonstrations, activities and entertainment.
Full ticket details and all the latest news is available on the official website silverstoneclassic.comand via the event’s social media platforms.

Maria Costello, Amy Williams, Mike Wedderburn, Steve Parrish and Jason Kenny rev-up for the Silverstone Classic
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