The Silverstone Classic this weekend is not just about racing, there are parades too. Big ones, like last year’s line up of 60 Ferrari F40s. This year to celebrate its half-century it’s the Porsche 911 centre stage, and the organisers are looking to break all sorts of records with — wait for it — nine hundred and eleven 911s. Ooo-er.
So yesterday and Monday we gave you a taste of the F1 and the sportscar action. The Masters Historic Sports car race will put together on track a Ferrari 512 and its nemesis the Porsche 917, along with two brace of Ford GT40s and more Lola T70s than you count. The Masters Historic F1 race has the some of the cream of the Cosworth DFV (read James Hunt) era of F1 featuring championship winning cars from Williams, Brabham and Lotus. And the Jim Clark Trophy Race features the ex-Clark Lotus 25 that nearly had David Coulthard in tears on the Beeb a few weekends ago. It’s the very car Clark drove to victory at Silverstone 50 years ago. It is a thing of wonder, quite beautiful, and worth the visit alone to see what had the usually stoic Coulthard so moved.
The Porsche 911-cade is Sunday, but for those who missed Aston’s centenary in the park at Kensington Palace last Sunday many of the 100 cars present then will be taking part in a 100-car jam on the track on Saturday. And if two milestone gatherings wasn’t enough Lamborghini is promising its own record breaking line up on Saturday evening as it celebrates its own 50th.
Who knows what the weather will do, but the worst you can expect is a few little showers. Seriously if Goodwood has stimulated your need for beautiful old cars and racing cars, we can’t recommend a weekend at Silverstone enough.