Big names flock to take part in the hilarious celebrity Austin A35 race at this year’s Silverstone Classic.
There has been much excitement over the celebrity-peppered grid at the Silverstone Classic this year. This decorated bunch includes two of Britain’s stand-out Olympic gold medallists – Jason Kenny CBE and Amy Williams MBE – and former England test cricket captain Mike Gatting OBE.
The Olympians will be part of an illustrious 50-car grid which includes stars such as comedian Stan Boardman, snooker icon Dennis Taylor and Neil Primrose, drummer for double BRIT winning band Travis. They’ve even roped-in Dragon’s Den TV star Theo Paphitis – a keen historic racer.
Some of the celebrities have genuine claims to motorsport: Amy Williams MBE – alongside being a Winter Olympic Gold Medalist – a fiercely competitive rally co-driver while Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer are fully established motorcycle stars.
The final list of celebrities, however, is yet to be confirmed. Once it is, they will all be divided into teams representing their professions – for example TV, sport and music – and each team will be mentored by a renowned racing driver.
And with the Classic’s date change now precluding some of the previously announced team captains from the British Touring Car Championship, a new roster has been put in place. This roster features F1 stars Mark Blundell and Martin Donnelly, touring car legends Steve Soper and Robb Gravett and renowned sportscar drivers Alex Brundle and Darren Turner.
But the real stars of the show are the cars themselves: race-prepped A35s.
CEO of Silverstone Classic organiser Goose Live Events Nick Wigley said: ‘We are thrilled that stars of this calibre are eager and enthusiastic to go racing at the Silverstone Classic. What’s more, we have some more big names – including at least three further Olympic gold medallists – to announce soon.’
Early Bird tickets for the 2017 Silverstone Classic are on sale until the end of March with adult admission prices starting from £35 and the cost of the three-day weekend ticket priced at £99. Details of all 2017 ticket prices, as well as hospitality and camping options are available on the Silverstone Classic