Here Are Some Of The Unmissable Automotive Icons At This Year’s Silverstone Classic
The 2019 Silverstone Classic is going to be a big one. From new racing categories to an unprecedented number of car clubs the organizers estimate that over 10,000 vehicles will be on display. Of these, 1000 will be participating in a variety of racing categories spanning 100 years of motorsport history. A small selection of the racing action on offer will include single-seaters, touring cars, GTs and sports prototypes. A Twilight Tribute to Le Mans will be taking place on Saturday evening and Abarth, Bentley and Mini will all be celebrating anniversaries too.
If that were not enough, the 760-acre Silverstone estate will also be packed with privately-owned classic cars to ogle over, with so much to take in it is entirely possible for visitors to miss some of the attractions on offer over the three-day event. To ensure that show-goers do not miss out on some of the truly standout star cars this coming weekend the organizers have compiled a list of some exceptional vehicles that are an absolute must-see.
Among them are a 1963 Ford Galaxie to be raced in the Transatlantic Trophy for Pre ’66 Touring Cars by ex-WRC champ Stig Blomqvist, a 1965 Ferrari 1512 which is one of three 1.5-liter V12 Formula 1 cars campaigned by Ferrari in the mid-‘60s, and a 1969 Matra MS80-02. This car helped Sir Jackie Stewart secure the first of his three world titles and the great man will be doing some demonstration laps over the weekend in aid of dementia research.
Harking back to the mad Group B rally era will be a 1985 MG Metro 6R4, this particular example is as close to a factory-fresh example as any and has just 7 miles on its odometer. It will be one of a number of fascinating and rare road and race cars going up for sale at the Silverstone Auction. Another rare vehicle on display (and definitely not for sale) will be Princess Anne’s very own 1989 Middlebridge Scimitar. It will be part of a record anniversary display for the marque and will take to the track on a parade lap too.
It’s not all about historic race cars and rare classics either as the Supercar Legends display will offer visitors close up views of the latest supercars on offer, including the 2019 Brabham BT62, a 700hp track machine created in honor of F1 champ Sir Jack Brabham. With just 70 cars planned for production at £1.2-million apiece, this may be the only time most people will get to see one of these supercars. Tickets for the weekend’s festivities need to be purchased in advance and the Silverstone Classic runs from 26-28 July.
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