Cooper racing cars featured at Silverstone Historic Festival

Pre-1966 Grand Prix and Tasman cars line up at the Silverstone Historic Festival John Cooper, creator of Cooper racing cars and the Mini-Cooper, will be honoured at this year's Silverstone Historic Festival - the largest historic racing event ...

Pre-1966 Grand Prix and Tasman cars line up at the Silverstone Historic Festival

John Cooper, creator of Cooper racing cars and the Mini-Cooper, will be honoured at this year's Silverstone Historic Festival - the largest historic racing event anywhere in the world (August 25, 26 and 27) - when pre-1966 Grand Prix and Tasman cars compete for the trophy in his name.

The Festival, now boasting more than an amazing 500 entries, will stage the John Cooper Trophy for pre-1966 Grand Prix and Tasman Cars on Sunday August 26, for which 21 Cooper Grand Prix cars have been entered! The three-day event's truly international flavour is reflected in this 10-lap race, with drivers from six countries taking part.

Among the cars entered are the ex-Bruce McLaren 1959 Cooper T45/51, driven by Rod Jolley, the ex-Jo Bonnier Cooper T66, and a BRM P261 commemorating the Jackie Stewart car - chassis `7' - which was crashed at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix, and now driven by the former triple-World Champion's former team-mate, Richard Attwood.

Lotus fans are also well catered for, as nine such cars are entered, including three 21s. One of this trio was built for, and raced by, Scottish racing legend Jim Clark, while another Lotus 21 on the grid was driven in period by Innes Ireland.

Other cars entered include seven Brabhams, a Maserati T51 and a Lola. "Once again, we have been able to assemble a truly stunning international grid," says Festival organiser Roger Etcell. "The John Cooper Trophy will recreate the excitement of those Pre-1966 races, and I'm sure Festival fans will be looking forward to some great on-track duelling."

For ticket information and advance bookings for the Silverstone Historic Festival, call Silverstone on 01327 850204 or visit www.octagonmotorsports.com 

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Series Vintage
Drivers Jackie Stewart , Jim Clark , Bruce McLaren , John Cooper , Richard Attwood , Rod Jolley