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Racing Austin A30/A35s on track at the Silverstone Classic Media Preview day 2017

There will be Austin A35s racing – lots of them!

2017 Silverstone Classic Preview

The message from the official Silverstone Classic preview day held last Thursday (March 23) was that this year's event will be the biggest and best yet.

 

Nick Wigley, CEO of event organisers, Goose Live Events, promised a stellar event for this summer, with exciting new races, a special world record anniversary parade, more off-track entertainment, the largest ever car club attendance, and an impressive line-up of racing celebrities.

"Ticket sales are currently up 17% on the same stage in 2016, which is very encouraging, and we are selling far more three-day tickets than ever before." Wigley reports.

"We already have a record number of car clubs registered to attend, too, so all the signs are pointing to the biggest and best Silverstone Classic yet.”

Over 130 cars, representing Europe's leading historic racing championships, from F1 to sportscars, used the preview day as a test session.

A highlight of the Classic weekend will be the Celebrity Challenge Race. Among those racing in Austin A35s will be Olympic gold medallist Mark Hunter, adventurer Charlie Boorman and Ant Anstead (new host of Wheeler Dealers).

Racing bikes from yesteryear will be featured in July. Former world champions on two wheels, Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer were at Silverstone to promote the return of World GP Bike Legends to the Classic.

Line-up of Formula Fords in pit lane at SilverstoneGardner and Spencer will be joining Tiff Needell in the Celebrity Challenge Race, while Tiff will also be competing in FF1600 and will front ITV4's coverage of the weekend.

“Formula Ford has always been a superb training ground, nurturing the formative careers of some of the greatest drivers the world has ever seen – and it gave me the breaks I needed to become a professional racer. With the incredible slipstreaming opportunities these cars offer, there’s sure to be some superb racing at the Classic here in July.” He said.

With the record number of car clubs scheduled to attend, over 10,000 privately-owned classics are expected to be on display in the infield area. Anniversary parades are set to include Jaguar XJ220, Fiat 500, Ferrari Owners Club, Lotus 7, TVR and Triumph TR.

The Williams F1 team will be marking the 40th Anniversary of its debut at the 1977 Spanish Grand Prix.

Peter Osborne

Formula Fords

Line-up

All photos © Peter Osborne

For more photos from the Silverstone Classic Preview day click HERE