One of the highlights of the Motor Racing Legends annual calendar is the forthcoming Silverstone Classic (July 20-22) where a fabulous entry line-up will assemble across three over-flowing grids.
Highlights of the weekend include a fine entry line-up for the Stirling Moss Trophy for sports racers built before 1961. Previously this season we have witnessed a great battle between Chris Ward in the JD Classics’ Lister Jaguar Knobbly verses the agile two-litre Lotus Climax 15 piloted by Oliver Bryant. The closely matched pair have won a race a piece, with Oliver finally managing to get the fragile Lotus to the flag for two 30 minute races at Thruxton to come out on top, but it was a very close shave and highly entertaining to watch.
Winning at Silverstone Classic is a highly coveted prize, and Chris Ward came out on top here last year. He is back this year in the Lister Knobbly, Oliver Bryant is back driving with dad Grahame in the family Lotus 15 fresh from their win at Spa Three Hours. Other podium contenders include capable US hands of Michael Gans driving a similar Lotus 15 and Tony Woods driving with Will Nuthall who made the podium at Donington in Woods Lister Knobbly.
The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy is scheduled for the second race on Sunday with a spectacular field of nearly 40 pre-56 sports cars – all of which must conform strictly to period specification – will roar into action for the start of their 50 minute race.
One driver pairing who have serious form in this series are Frederic Wakeman and Patrick Blackeney-Edwards in their Cooper T38 and they could be the ones to watch in this fiercely competitive grid sponsored by EFG Private Bank. But they will encounter serious competition from four Jaguar D-Types including previous race winners Gary and John Pearson. Another previous race winner the silver Cooper Jaguar T33 piloted by Chris Ward and Derek Hood a car we know is on form after winning outright at this year’s Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
The Historic Touring Car Challenge is one of the feature races and part of the BTCC 60th anniversary ‘Tin Top Sunday’ at this year’s Silverstone Classic to honour four decades of saloon and touring car racing.
A bumper grid of nearly 50 cars will take to the circuit for this 40 minute race. Last time out Ric Wood and co driver current Touring car ace Adam Morgan took the overall win at Thruxton and in May this year father and son duo Nick and Harry Whale proved they are on winning form after topping the podium at the Donington Historic Festival. Nick and Harry also won this race here in 2016 driving Nick’s BMW E30 M3 that he raced in the BTCC in 89, 90 and 91. Both of the above are back out for this race, alongside a whole raft of serious podium contenders including three Sierra Cosworth RS500s now eligible to enter, sprinkled on top a selection of Touring Car stars such as Tim Harvey and Mat Jackson and you can rest assured of a very exciting battle.
Nearly twenty cars within this grid are competing for The Tony Dron Trophy, these cars are running to period specification, including original brakes so you will see significant different lap times to the more modern era cars. So far this year, multiple race and rally champion Patrick Watts took first place at Donington in his Frank & Jeans Ford Capri and at Thruxton 50th Anniversary event it was the Chevrolet Camaro of Oliver Bryant who took the top step. Both are back out.
*It is worth noting due to the high number of invitation cars ‘who are not engine verified’ the results classification and entry both feature a ‘V’ after those cars which are engine verified and thus will be included in the overall results and prize giving.