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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:14 am    Post subject: Silverstone Classic 2021 (PR) Reply with quote

THE CLASSIC CELEBRATES THE E-TYPE'S 60TH BIRTHDAY WITH SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY RACE

• Magical milestone marked with record grid of racing E-types
• Extra highlight added to The Classic’s 2021 ‘Greatest Hits’ retro racecard
• Further birthday celebrations for the sixties’ icon still to be announced
• Tickets now on sale with full refunds offered should UK government guidelines prevent spectator access

A decade on from celebrating the Jaguar E-type’s milestone 50th anniversary in record-breaking style at Silverstone, The Classic 2021 will now be saluting the much-loved sportscar’s 60th birthday next summer (30 July – 1 August).

Back in 2011, the special revelries memorably included dedicated races and glittering displays plus an incredible track parade with E-types travelling from all around the globe to join what was an amazing party. The turnout packed the entire 3.7-mile Grand Prix circuit and set a new Guinness World Record for the largest-ever parade of Jaguar cars.

A whole host of celebrations are now being planned for the 60th anniversary, crowned by another unmissable race reserved exclusively for competition versions of the E-type – a show-stopper lauded on its launch in 1961 as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by none other than Enzo Ferrari.

Fittingly, the spectacular one-off showdown will be titled the ‘60th Anniversary E-Type Challenge’ and will run to a 45-minute format with a mandatory mid-race pit-stop to allow driver change-overs. Such will be the new race’s prestige, that a full-capacity 58 car grid of racing E-types is expected, topping the record 52 car entry assembled in 2011.

“We already have some amazing plans for The Classic’s own postponed 30th birthday party in 2021 and this unique ‘60th Anniversary E-Type Challenge’ adds to the anticipation,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic’s promoter Goose Live Events. “It will be not only a fitting celebration for one of the most idolised cars of all time but also yet another highlight on the unrivalled line-up of retro races at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.”

As one of the major attractions at The Classic 2021, the ‘60th Anniversary E-Type Challenge’ will take place on Saturday afternoon as part of the packed 12-hour race programme with qualifying for prized grid positions taking place on the Friday.

The stand-alone showcase is being organised by Motor Racing Legends, the historic motor racing specialist which boasts strong links with Jaguar having recently been appointed by the factory to run its popular Jaguar Classic Challenge in 2021.

Understandably, Motor Racing Legends Chairman Duncan Wiltshire is honoured to also be overseeing the ‘60th Anniversary E-Type Challenge’ at The Classic.

“The Jaguar E-type is a true icon of 1960s motor sport history and there can be no better way to celebrate this major anniversary than with a dedicated race at the UK’s premier historic motorsport event,” Wiltshire said. “Motor Racing Legends has recently taken over responsibility for the Jaguar Classic Challenge and we are so pleased to be able to announce this special race for Jaguar E-types at such an important time”.

Other grids at the Classic masterminded by Motor Racing Legends include the combined Royal Automotive Club Woodcote and Stirling Moss Trophy for sports racing cars from the fifties and sixties, the Historic Touring Car Challenge plus the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars (pre-63 GT) – another of the festival favourites which also features early racing E-types as well as a host of magical Aston Martins, Austin Healeys, Ferraris, Lotuses and Porsches from yesteryear.

As originally planned for The Classic’s postponed 30th birthday party, the racecard at next summer’s eagerly-anticipated event will be a ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation starring crowd-pleasers from the past with the inclusion of this special E-type anniversary grid an added bonus to what was already an outstanding line-up.

Tickets for The Classic next year are already on sale and, for a limited time, purchasers have the chance to buy at last year’s Early Bird prices. Adult admission starts from £39 with the price of full three-day weekend tickets frozen at £105. Free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6. Car Club Display packages are also available as well as a special 30th Anniversary Celebration Package. Show-goers can book with confidence, too, as full refunds or ticket rollovers to the following year are guaranteed should UK government guidelines prevent spectator access.

All tickets will give access to both racing paddocks, open trackside grandstand seating and much of the fabulous family entertainment on offer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MIGHTY MINI COOPER CELEBRATES 60 YEARS WITH RACES AT THE CLASSIC 2021

• Double header showdowns to honour pocket-rocket icon
• Milestone tribute for sixties racing and rallying legend
• Latest addition to best-ever ‘Greatest Hits’ line-up of retro races
• Tickets still available at launch prices with full refunds offered should UK government guidelines prevent spectator access

The 60th anniversary of the audacious and trend-setting Mini Cooper will be celebrated with two stunning showdowns on the ‘Greatest Hits’ line-up of spectacular races compiled for The Classic’s postponed 30th birthday party this summer (30 July – 1 August).

The addition of the mighty Mini Coopers adds even more excitement to the event’s non-stop track action with the pair of Classic Mini Challenge races building on the successes of 2019 when The Classic marked the Mini’s own 60th birthday in style.

With a record-breaking entry of 60 racing Mini Cooper S models all dating back to the Swinging Sixties dazzling on the legendary Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, those epic encounters wowed spectators and competitors alike.

Underlining the outstanding quality of the assembled field, victories were shared by renowned sportscar racer Darren Turner and multiple BTCC race winner Adam Morgan. A similarly star-studded turn-out is expected for this year’s two eagerly awaited follow-ups which once again will be overseen by Masters Historic Racing.

Ensuring all visitors to The Classic share in the celebrations, the eye-catching Mini Cooper entertainment will be spread over all three days at the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival. Qualifying for all important grid positions takes place on Friday with stunning 20-minute races on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The 2021 bill also features a very special race to mark 60 years of the equally evocative Jaguar E-type as part of its unrivalled programme of retro races that showcase the very best of historic motorsport from across the ages.

“Our ‘Greatest Hits’ collection of races compiled to celebrate the Classic’s 30th birthday has just gained another couple of chart toppers,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic promoter Goose Live Events. “Just like the Jaguar E-type, the Mini Cooper is a true British design icon – now to have fantastic races dedicated to both these wonderful motoring legends on the same bill this summer will be really incredible and something really special for show-goers to look forward to.”

Launched in September 1961, the Mini Cooper was a high-performance version of the fun-loving British automotive marvel which completely revolutionised small car design on its launch in 1959.

Seeing the sporting potential of Sir Alex Issigonis’ diminutive game-changer, Formula One designer John Cooper helped to create a more potent version of the original Mini. A larger capacity, race-tuned 997cc engine increased power from 34 to 55 bhp and a closer-ratio gearbox and front disc brakes were also fitted. An even more powerful Cooper S version followed in 1963.

These souped-up pocket-rockets lived up to Cooper’s expectations and quickly became giant-killers in all forms of motor sport winning countless races and rallies around the globe. A legend was born and it was no surprise when BMW revived the revered Cooper badge to adorn sportier versions of its second generation MINI.

Appropriately, this summer’s two Classic Mini Challenge shoot-outs at Silverstone are reserved for Pre-1966 models all competing in evocative period trim. Thanks to modern technologies, their 1293cc engines now develop in excess of 125 bhp and a top speed of more than 120mph.

While the 60th birthdays of both Mini Cooper and Jaguar E-type are certain to be two stand-out highlights, with last year’s motoring anniversaries rolled over and added to 2021’s major milestones, The Classic will be celebrating more automotive birthdays than ever before come the end of July.

General admission for adults starts from £39 with the price of full three-day weekend tickets currently frozen at £105. Free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6. Ticket prices will be subject to increases in the build-up to the event.

All tickets carry a COVID booking guarantee which means that if Silverstone are prevented from allowing spectators at 2021 events due to Government guidelines, all ticket-buyers will have the option to either transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I shall be there if it is on.We also have the 60th of the E-type at Blenheim in May, but I am frankly doubtful about both, as well as Le Mans and the Le Mans Classic. I shall have my jab next week and the second 8th March, but the BBC gave me the shudders when they asked an expert whether, assuming one has been vaccinated, one can still get Covid. The answer was yes, but in a mild form. The second question was, assuming you have been vaccinated and then catch the disease, can you give it to others. The answer was unequivocally "we don't know". So I shall be clean and green, but I shall still be ultracareful since I don't wish SWMBO to catch it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ Not wanting to drag things off-topic, as I understand it the main point of the vaccine is not to prevent you from getting Covid, nor from passing it on, but to minimise the effect that it has on you, the person who was vaccinated. There was some discussion on one of the briefings last week about the difference between the virus, the infection and the disease which I could understand at the time but, like financial advice, fell out of my head the moment they'd stopped explaining it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UK'S RAREST CARS TO BE SHOWCASED AT THE CLASSIC

• Display focuses on mainstream models once taken for granted
• Special selection as featured in The Telegraph
• Surviving Allegros, Avengers, Cortinas, Hunters, Marinas and Sierras
• Evoking great motoring memories and emotions
• Book now: all tickets must be purchased in advance


As the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival, The Classic is a truly incomparable celebration of motoring nostalgia featuring mind-boggling numbers of automotive legends from both road and track.

For a long three-day weekend in high summer, Silverstone’s paddocks are packed with unrivalled multitudes of retro race cars all revving up to renew old rivalries. Meanwhile, the infield car displays have thousands upon thousands of treasured classic cars from yesteryear, many celebrating important model and marque milestones with record-breaking parades on the famous Grand Prix track.

Now, in an exciting new addition, this summer’s 30th birthday party edition of The Classic (30 July – 1 August) will also put the spotlight on a very special display starring 50 of the UK’s most seldom-spotted cars.

Far from selecting one-off prototypes or multi-million pound limited edition hypercars, this intriguing new collection will showcase more familiar mainstream motors from bygone eras that are hardly ever seen on our roads today. Incredibly many of these so-called ‘ordinary’ cars are now more endangered than most Ferraris and Aston Martins.

Some were “Limited Edition” cars devised to add lustre to a showroom while others - like the Austin Mini Metro ‘Standard’, the Fiat 128 and the Renault 4 - were far more popular in period but, often as a result of their mundanity, have become seriously scarce today.

The eclectic gathering at Silverstone, which will also include other once-familiar brands such as Bedford, Colt, Datsun, Hillman, Morris, Riley, Simca and Talbot, is originated from a long-running – and very well read – series of editorial features in The Telegraph’s expansive motoring coverage.

Titled ‘The UK’s Rarest Cars’, the instalments started back in 2018 when The Telegraph’s motoring editor, Paul Hudson, remarked to his contributor, Andrew Roberts, on the low survival rate of many Japanese cars of the 1970s and 1980s. The result was a feature on a Mazda 929 Estate.

The concept was so well received by the readership that close to 70 other rarities have now been uncovered and added to the growing list of curiosities. And many of these, plus the subjects of future features in the series, will be on show at The Classic this summer.

“The response has been truly amazing,” admitted Hudson. “Setting out on the Mazda, we had absolutely no idea just how popular this regular series of articles would become. Now we are even more thrilled to be bringing so many of these curiosities together for what’s going to be a wonderfully thought-provoking trip down memory lane for so many at The Classic.”

“It’s all about the memories and emotions these cars evoke,” agreed Roberts, who describes himself as a film academic with a Wolseley obsession. “Some are mass-market vehicles that buyers virtually took for granted; others are imported models with no clearly defined role in this country. There are also large saloons that fell prey to rust and/or banger racing. And each tells a story about British motoring history.”

To that end, all the cars showcased in ‘The UK’s Rarest Cars presented by The Telegraph’ collection will have their own tales told on individual display boards. Visitors with their own recollections will also be able to share their personal memories with the current owners of these often maligned and neglected motoring stalwarts.

An assortment of these rarities will be exhibited on all three days in a dedicated area at Silverstone with the biggest gathering expected on Saturday when all those owners attending will be treated to a commemorative track parade. There will also be an online poll where visitors can vote for their favourite among these everyday heroes.

All tickets for The Classic must be purchased in advance and a wide selection is available including hospitality and camping options. Adult general admission starts from £47 with the price of a three-day weekend ticket just £125. Display packages for car club members are also available.

Free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under, while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6.

As ever, all tickets will give access to both racing paddocks, trackside grandstand seating, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings and much of the fabulous family entertainment on offer including funfair rides, driving experiences and stunt shows.

Ticket-buyers can also book with confidence with tickets carrying a COVID booking guarantee which means that if a change in current Government guidelines prevents spectators attending, all ticket-buyers will have the option to either transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MURRAY WALKER TRIBUTE FORMULA ONE RACES AT THE CLASSIC

• Broadcasting legend to be honoured at his beloved Silverstone
• Masters Historic Formula One races dedicated to the ‘Voice of Motorsport’

The life and times of the unforgettable and treasured Murray Walker OBE will be honoured at The Classic this summer (30 July – 1 August).

The passion-fuelled broadcasting legend passed away in March at the ripe old age of 97 and, in a special tribute, the prestigious Silverstone event’s two headline races for evocative Formula One cars from yesteryear will be dedicated to his memory.

Staged on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the pair of races for the Murray Walker Memorial Trophy for Masters Historic Formula One will be fitting celebrations for the much-loved ‘Voice of Motorsport’ at the circuit which meant so much to him throughout his remarkable career.

A youthful Walker was present when Silverstone hosted its very first Grand Prix in 1948 and was most recently at the Home of British Motorsport when filming a feature to mark the 70thanniversary of that race with fellow presenters Karun Chandhok, Mark Webber and Susie Wolff at The Classic’s dedicated Preview Day in May 2018 (photo: row two left below).

On that day, a still sprightly Murray was presented with a richly-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award by The Classic’s own Event Director Nick Wigley, joined in the Silverstone Wing pitlane by Tiff Needell of BBC Top Gear TV fame (photo: top below).

Speaking on receipt of the accolade, the ever-enthusiastic Walker was quick to emphasise his very special relationship with the hallowed venue as well as his love for the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival.

“Silverstone has always meant a heck of a lot to me,” he enthused. “I was here in 1948 and have covered just about everything on wheels since then. I’ve seen the circuit grow from a World War 2 bomber base into the fantastic complex that it is today and it’s great to see quite literally hundreds of the amazing cars I’ve seen racing here still competing at The Classic. It’s a unique event and there’s nothing else quite like it in the world.”

Indeed, so many of the wonderful cars that Walker raved about in period are still reliving those glory days on the unrivalled race card at The Classic.

While Murray was also renowned for his high-octane commentaries on the antics of tin-top touring cars, it is for Formula One that he will be most remembered. And, aptly, the Murray Walker Memorial Trophy for Masters Historic Formula One will feature a mouth-watering array of 3-litre F1 cars from between 1966 and 1985 (photos: below).

For many this was Grand Prix racing’s greatest era taking fans back to times in which DFV power and a creative designer could win Grand Prix races… and, of course, many of Murray’s greatest moments behind the microphone.

“Everyone in motor sport loved Murray Walker and we really wanted both to celebrate his remarkable career and to thank him for all the fantastic entertainment he provided,” said Wigley. “It’s fair to say that many of those coming to The Classic owe their love of historic racing to the infectious enthusiasm spread by Murray back in the day. The Murray Walker Memorial Trophy for Masters Historic Formula One will give us all the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to a truly unique and forever cherished personality.”

The races for the Murray Walker Memorial Trophy are just two of the highlights on an incredible ‘Greatest Hits’ race-card assembled to mark The Classic’s own 30th birthday postponed for last summer.

As well as featuring all the crowd-pleasing showdowns for Grand Prix, GT, Touring, Pre-War, Single-Seater and more modern Prototype racers, the full three-day programme also stars spectacular 60th anniversary races for two of the UK’s prized icons: the E-type Jaguar and Mini Cooper S.

All tickets for The Classic must be purchased in advance and a wide selection is available including hospitality and camping options. Adult general admission starts from £47 with the price of a three-day weekend ticket just £125. Display packages for car club members are also available until the end of May.

Free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under, while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6.

As ever, subject to guidelines, all tickets will give access to both racing paddocks, open trackside grandstand seating, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings and much of the fabulous family entertainment on offer including funfair rides, driving experiences and stunt shows.

Ticket-buyers can also book with confidence with tickets carrying a COVID booking guarantee which means that if a change in current Government guidelines prevents spectators attending, all ticket-buyers will have the option to either transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.
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