Thursday, 14 July 2011
2011 Silverstone Classic Update
The 2011 Silverstone Classic (22-24 July) can justify its proud claim to being the "the world's biggest classic racing festival," with the final numbers for the event amply demonstrating the vast scale of this world famous festival. Some of the key numbers are:
* 1010 drivers in 22 races: Bigger than any other racing festival, the 2011 Silverstone Classic has attracted massive competitor support across 15 categories and 22 races. In total 1010 drivers are entered. * 1030 total entries: With many of the race grids heavily over-subscribed and at least half of the grids featuring more than 50 cars, a mammoth total of 1030 entries have been received. Some of the biggest grids in British motor racing.
* £300 million of race cars: Period racing, sports, GT, and saloon cars with an overall value conservatively estimated at £300 million. Some cars alone worth in excess of £5 million.
* 124 F1 Cars: With cars spanning 55 years, ranging from 1928 to 1983, there is an incredible array of Grand Prix cars in action within a total entry of 124 cars. The earlier cars race in the Pre-1961 Front Engine Grand Prix Car races, with the oldest car being the 1928 Bugatti T35B of Geraint Owen. The early 1960s are re-created in the Pre-1966 Rear Engine Grand Prix Cars races, while the Grand Prix Masters races will re-live the 1970s and early 1980s era of the Cosworth DFV engine.
* 50 racing E-type Jaguars: The E-type Challenge, an exciting new series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type. Fifty E-type Jaguars in one race will set a new world record and will make an unforgettable sight.
* 1000 E-type Jaguars for official 50th birthday party: Up to 1000 E-types on show and on parade in the models’ biggest ever gathering.
* 120 car clubs and 7000 classic cars: More than 7000 classic cars of all shapes and sizes, with a record number of over 120 Car Clubs on show.
* Record crowds: The response from fans for the 2011 Silverstone Classic has been superb and points to a bumper crowd for the weekend. Advance ticket sales are 90 per cent higher than in 2010.
* 30 Group C prototypes: One of the star races will be for the Le Mans-type cars of the 1980s in the Group C category. Cars from Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes, Nissan, Lancia and Spice will make a memorable spectacle amongst a superb 30-car grid.
* Celebrity race with Morgans: A gaggle of famous names will be tackling the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Saturday afternoon in a special Celebrity Challenge in Morgan sport cars raising funds for the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund. Heston Blumenthal, Jo Wood and Brendan Cole are among those who will be racing, as well as Road regular, Neil Primrose, of Travis (go Neil!).
* Live music: Friday will be given over to some of the best tribute bands around, while Saturday’s concert is topped by Suzi Quattro, 10CC and Wishbone Ash. Sunday switches to a classical focus.
* Massive off-track entertainment: Funfairs, shopping malls, an assault course, the Village Green, traction engines, hot-air balloon fly-outs, air displays, festival catering by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feast and even a lawn mower race are all part of the most remarkable show of the year.
"The Silverstone Classic is simply the biggest and best classic racing festival in the World and the numbers involved in the 2011 event are incredible," said event director Nick Wigley. "It is going to be a sensational weekend!” Get tickets and info via www.SilverstoneClassic.com.