Some fantastic cars, entertainment and racing action for the 2016 Silverstone Classic. Here is all the action from throughout the weekend.
As it does every year, the Silverstone Classic has once again outdone itself. With one of the best lineups of historic racing cars of all eras, the Northamptonshire event celebrated every era of motorsport; from the pre-’66 touring cars, right up to the much-loved Super Touring Cars of the 1990s. Single seaters, Group C monsters and even a special selection of cars in the Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge – celebrating 50 years since the first Can-Am race in the USA.
While the day kicked off with a cluster of 21 hot air balloons taking to the skies, and winded down with a performance from The Stranglers, it was the fantastic display of racing, classic car parades and big name drivers that most were there to see.
Early 1980s DFV-powered F1 cars and fifties GTs pleased the crowds, but as always the more modern Super Tourers and Group C prototypes attracted significant interest. A few significant automotive anniversaries were also marked, with the Lamborghini Club celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Miura, plus 100 years since the birth of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini with some high-speed demonstration runs. The Viper Club also marked its 20th birthday, while Porsche Club GB took the opportunity to celebrate Porsche’s first ‘transaxle’ sports cars that first appeared 40 years ago.
Billed as ‘Tin Top Sunday’, the second day of the racing at the Silverstone classic was just as full-on as Saturday, with a number of different races and demonstrations.
A total of nine races featured racers from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, with a number of second showdowns for many of Saturday’s highlights: including Group C, Can-Am, Super Tourers and an evocative F1 race.
The demonstrations included 50 competition cars honouring 50 years of the HSCC, the Mercedes-Benz Club marking 20 years of the CLK and SLK, and the Morgan Sportscar Club hailing 80 years of the Morgan 4/4.
World GP Bike Legends such as Wayne Gardner, Freddie Spencer, Phil Read and Troy Bayliss also took part in the display of screaming 500cc motorbikes. Perhaps the most evocative moment was the sight and sound of Mika Häkkinen’s 2001 British Grand Prix winning McLaren MP4/16A, a reminder of just how fantastic these old high-revving V10-engined F1 cars sounded.
The 90s Endurance Legends, containing Ferraris, Jaguars, Porsches and other GT and sports prototypes were also a joy, including touring car legend Steve Soper behind the wheel of Nick Mason’s McLaren F1.
All images: Jakob Ebrey