The Silverstone Classic
Johnny Herbert and Jaguar re-united to race at Silverstone - 30 / 31
July 2005 - 1995 British Grand Prix winner, three-time Formula One race winner and fans favourite Johnny Herbert will race the ex-Mike Hawthorn long nose Jaguar D-Type in the BRDC Historic Sports Car Championship race at the new-look Silverstone Classic on 30/31 July 2005.
Herbert, a multiple international winner of F1, World Sportscars, LeMans, ALMS and many other races, is one of Britain's most popular racing drivers, and an accomplished pilot of classic and historic racing cars. Having fought back from injury in the early years of his career, Herbert's determination and out-going personality make him a favourite with the crowd wherever he races.
The sight of him at the wheel of the hugely valuable 1955 Jaguar will be one of many highlights during a fantastic weekend of classic and historic racing. The race will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Herbert's famous British GP victory at Silverstone, and the 50th anniversary of the Le Mans 24-Hour victory for Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb in a Jaguar D-Type.
Herbert commented: "I'm very much looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the D-Type and tackling Silverstone's great Historic Grand Prix circuit with its faster Abbey and Club corners".
He continued: "The annual Silverstone / BRDC summer festival always has a great atmosphere with thousands of enthusiastic fans. It's a fantastic weekend and I'm really looking forward to it".
Nigel Webb, owner of the prized Jaguar, is equally keen to have Herbert driving his car at the world-famous circuit: "It's great to have Johnny at the wheel and even though I'm driving in the same race in the ex-Duncan Hamilton C-Type there will be no team orders on this occasion!"
The Silverstone Classic, in association with Bonhams, (formerly the Silverstone International Historic Festival) will feature 17 races and 6 decades of Formula One and world Sportscars, representing racing from the 1930s to the 1980s.
With more than 500 competitors, and many other classic formula and saloon car races throughout the weekend, Silverstone looks set to host one of the world's biggest gatherings of classic and historic racing cars and drivers. Admission prices start from £10.00 (if booked in advance), with grandstand seating, parking and access for children (aged 15 and under) free.