Celebrating Landmark Anniversaries

Silverstone Classic, the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, celebrated its 30th edition, due originally for 2020, but postponed due to world events. The last weekend of July, in the midst of a traditionally rainy English summer, saw drivers, teams and fans alike descend on the Northamptonshire circuit. 

With grids from Masters Historic Racing and the Historic Sports Car Club, the circuit hosted a sumptuous feast of classic racing, with packed grids and spectators adorning the grandstands. 

The 30th anniversary of this event, also hosted celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the unmistakable Jaguar E Type, the 50th anniversary of the Triumph Stag and the 40th anniversary of the DMC DeLorean. 

Friday, beset by torrential rain at times, saw qualifying sessions throughout the day, with track conditions tricky for drivers through all classes. This didn’t dampen spirits though, with limits being tested and pace being found throughout the fields. The British weather, true to its reputation for unpredictability didn’t offer much in the way of summer sunshine for the remainder of the weekend either, with conditions on track ranging from ‘almost dry’ to ‘aquaplaning inevitable’ with alarming frequency.

Jaguar E-Type in the pit lane during the 60th Anniversary race

Jaguar E-Type in the pit lane during the 60th Anniversary race

Race Reports

Historic Formula Junior

Opening the racing over both days was the Historic Formula Junior. Originally a feeder series to direct aspiring young drivers into Formula One, legendary names such as Clark, Surtees, Hulme, Rindt and Hailwood all graduated from this Formula. The Brabham BT2 were the class of the field, with Richard Bradley and Cameron Jackson both taking a win apiece, the Lotus 22 of Pierre Livingstone taking the only non-Brabham podium place in race 2.

Pre-War BRDC 500

The MRL Pre-War BRDC 500 was an incredible spectacle with sports cars from the 1920’s and 1930’s jousting around the high speed corners of Silverstone. The Wakeman/Blakeney-Edwards Frazer Nash TT replica taking the race win by just over half a minute from the hard charging Talbot AV105 Brooklands, with Clive Morley’s Bentley 3/41/2 claiming third spot. 

Historic Formula 2

The eardrum-perforating Historic Formula 2 enjoyed two races over the weekend, with a grid of over 40 cars competing for honours. An incredible first race saw less than half a second separating the winner Matthew Wrigley in his March 782 from the March 742 of Andrew Smith, with Miles Griffiths in the Ralt RT1 claiming third step on the podium his.

Roles were reversed in Sunday’s second race, however, with Smith turning the tables on Wrigley and bringing his March home five seconds clear of Wrigley in second.

The race winning Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

The race winning Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

RAC Historic Tourist Trophy

One of the undoubted highlights of the weekend was the incredibly close racing seen in the Royal Automobile Club Historic Tourist Trophy for pre-63 GT cars. A wonderfully eclectic array of cars took to the track, with the two Jaguar E Types setting the early pace. It looked to be a clean sweep, until the hard charging Lukas Halusa in the unmistakable Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan turned the tables, and with some intense wheel to wheel battles, Halusa came home in first, narrowly edging out the Nottingham/Stanley piloted E-Type, with the second charging E Type of Fisken/Ward coming in third, narrowly edging out the chasing pack of Cobras, Healeys and the stunning DB4 of Les Goble.

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By: Matty White
Title: Silverstone Classic 2021
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/silverstone-classic-2021-event/
Published Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2021 04:00:34 +0000