Travel: 38 Photos Of Vintage F1 Cars Thrashing The Silverstone Classic

38 Photos Of Vintage F1 Cars Thrashing The Silverstone Classic

By Nat Twiss
August 4, 2016

Photography by Nat Twiss

One of my favorite series to watch whenever I’m at an event like the Silverstone Classic, Donington Historic Festival, or the Brands Hatch Historic is the Masters Formula One series. An FIA-sanctioned collection of racers from the mid ’60s through to the mid-’80s, it won’t win points for being period correct, but it certainly steals the show with the visuals of a huge grid of cars going wheel to wheel.

Liveries stay period-correct (with the exception of more than a few entry stickers to events at places like Monaco and Goodwood), and most of the races are run at circuits that haven’t changed much since the cars visited for their first times. Not so at Silverstone, obviously, but the racing is intense nonetheless.

When cars have names like Fittipaldi, Lauda, and Hunt on the side, you know you’re in for a treat. Those names aren’t necessarily at the wheel, but if you squint hard enough, you might just be able to teleport back in time to the days when they were, and that’s really all that matters.

The F1 cars of today are so reliant on computers that they might not be able to do what these cars are doing, and that’s a crying shame. Thankfully, there’s a legion of vintage F1 specialists, mechanics, and owners dotted around the UK and Europe who don’t just care about owning and maintaining them—they care about racing them. Who says analog is dead?

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Austin Powers
Austin Powers
4 years ago

Vintage open wheel cars are so sexy. The crisp clean sharp lines, graced with super wide wheels and tires, are unmatched by today’s over-tech’d clown cars. Call me nostalgic, but I can’t get enough of these things.

Paul Fowler
Paul Fowler
6 years ago

Fabulous photographs. I was there and the races were a blast.

6 years ago

My memories are so mixed up and I cannot remember what event it was, but at one race event, they had a side show of classic F1 cars. But they weren’t presented in sort of a “museum” display, but most of them, and there were many, were in different state of “dressing,” so you could see all those bits inside the cowling of the cars. It was so fascinating because I get to see early carbon fiber tubs and older aluminium chassis, and suspension bits and all that. I really love old(er) F1 cars, that you could see a deep human involvement. There were a lot of engineering/design/problem-solving through imagination.