Even by its own award-winning standards, Sunday at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (25-27 July) will be very special bursting with stunning parades, remarkable races, exceptional air displays plus a host of other astounding attractions for all the family. Already one of the world’s leading historic motorsport meetings, this year organisers are aiming to surpass themselves with the attractions both on and off the track.
Billed as ‘Super Sunday’, a mouth-watering array of on-track highlights will be topped by an amazing world record parade of grand prix cars. Led by racing legend Sir Stirling Moss, the parade is being staged to honour Silverstone’s milestone 50th grand prix, which takes place at the famous Northamptonshire venue just a few weeks before the Classic.
Moss will also be fronting a glittering pageant of magnificent Maseratis to celebrate the revered Italian marque’s centenary with full support from the manufacturer itself. The colourful cavalcade will feature both road and racing models – among the illustrious line-up of track stars already confirmed is a pair of priceless 250F grand prix winners from the fifties as well as T61 Birdcage, Cooper Maserati Monaco, 200Si, 250Si, 4CS, OSCA Zagato and 300S masterpieces.
Super Sunday’s track action will also witness no fewer than 11 sparkling showdowns for hundreds of the world’s finest historic grand prix, GT, saloon and sportscars from motor sport’s golden ages. The non-stop schedule is topped by two of the massive event’s preeminent races: the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars and the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars – both tour de force grids are unique to Sunday and each features more than 50 exquisitely beautiful machines.
The Woodcote Trophy puts the spotlight on a memorable era for sportscar racing, its line-up is littered with evocative Aston Martins, Allards, Austin-Healeys plus plenty of seriously competitive Jaguar C- and D-types.
The prestigious Tourist Trophy that follows is arguably the Classic’s blue riband race, recreating the halcyon days of GT racing during the fifties and early sixties. The spectacular two-driver pit-stop race is always packed with gorgeous and iconic machinery with numerous SWB Ferraris, DB4 and DB5 Aston Martins, Lotus Elites and early spec Jaguar E-types – many of which competed in the great events in period and therefore are truly historic in every sense of the word.
There’s much, much more to Super Sunday, though, than eye-catching parades and jaw-dropping racing. For starters the heavens above Silverstone will witness an outrageous air show from the amazing ‘Wildcats Aerobatics’ display team, appearing for first time at the Classic.
Back on earth, handpicked examples selected from the thousands and thousands of much-loved classic cars being displayed by an unprecedented number of more than 100 motor clubs will be specially invited up onto the live stage as part of not-to-be-missed live clinics. These will be hosted by well-known TV presenter Mike Brewer who will be providing advice into all areas of classic car ownership such as buying, selling and restoration.
Other major attractions aimed at entertaining all ages and interests include dramatic street car shootouts, exhilarating rally rides, an off-road zone, a traditional funfair, rides on big the BMW wheel plus, for those seeking some retail therapy, the busy Shopping Village. With more than 170 exhibitors there’s lots on offer for all the family from motoring memorabilia and vintage clothing to art and autojumble.
“It really is going to be a ‘Super Sunday’ at this year’s Silverstone Classic,” promised Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic Event Director. “While Saturday’s focus will be very much on the Mustang celebrations, we will be switching Sunday’s spotlight onto the Maserati and grand prix anniversaries which will give the proceedings their own unique atmosphere and appeal. It not only gives many show-goers even more reason to spend the full weekend at Silverstone, but will also provide Sunday visitors with something truly special and exclusive.”