Silverstone Historic Festival sets sports car race

Sports car showdown set to delight crowds at Silverstone Historic Festival This year's Silverstone Historic Festival (August 25, 26 and 27) - with more than 500 entries the largest historic racing event anywhere in the world - brings together...

Sports car showdown set to delight crowds at Silverstone Historic Festival

This year's Silverstone Historic Festival (August 25, 26 and 27) - with more than 500 entries the largest historic racing event anywhere in the world - brings together six Lister-Jaguars, three Birdcage Maseratis and five Cooper Monacos in a mouth-watering grid for the BRDC Historic Sports Car races.

There are two outings for these exciting cars: they will race on Sunday August 26 for the Duncan Hamilton Trophy (race 9) and on Monday August 27 in the Innes Ireland Trophy (race 16).

Former Saloon Car Champion, and Tourist Trophy winner on both two wheels and four, Stuart Graham is at the wheel of his 1958 Lister-Chevrolet, and he faces opposition from last year's winner, Peter Austin, who is piloting a 1960 Lola Mk1. Peter's car is unique, being the only Lola Mk1 to ever run in-period with a 1460cc engine - the others using a smaller, 1220cc unit. Those extra cubic centimetres give Peter an advantage when it comes to defeating the opposition.

Also taking part are Frank Sytner, head of one of the UK's leading motor dealer groups, driving a Cooper Monaco, and Barrie `Whizzo' Williams in a 1958 Tojeiro-Jaguar. Ron Gammons will be providing multi-cylinder opposition in his American V-8 Devin SS, also built in 1958.

"With engine sizes varying from 1220cc up to 4900cc, these cars will offer spectators the sight of pure power versus compact agility in both sports car races," says Festival organiser Roger Etcell. "And with so many forms of historic racing at Silverstone over the weekend, fans will be treated to the very best competition."

The three-day long Silverstone Historic Festival has long since been an important part of any historic race fan's calendar. It combines exciting racing with plenty of off-track activities and attractions, including car club displays, an historic aircraft fly-in, helicopter flights and the chance to buy many kinds of automobilia.

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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