The 2001 Silverstone Historic Festival (August Summer Bank Holiday 25-27th inclusive) breaks new ground within the world of historic race meetings by broadening the attraction of the event to an additional generation of enthusiasts - for the first...
The 2001 Silverstone Historic Festival (August Summer Bank Holiday 25-27th inclusive) breaks new ground within the world of historic race meetings by broadening the attraction of the event to an additional generation of enthusiasts - for the first time, motor racing's finest from the 1980s and '90s will be rubbing shoulders with the more traditional line-up of classic vehicles from the '40s/'50s/'60s.
"The appeal of the Silverstone Historic Festival has been expanded in many directions and this year kicks off a fresh approach which will continue to grow over the next couple of years," explains Event Director, Roger Etcell. "An important change this year is the event date - by holding the Festival over the August Summer Bank Holiday we can offer spectators three full holiday days of on and off track entertainment. In addition, the new date doesn't clash with a Grand Prix weekend."
To entice spectators further, Europe's leading collectors' car auction house, Bonhams & Brooks, will be staging an important sale of rare and exotic cars and motorcycles. "The auction is always a huge attraction and this year, for the first time ever, the public will have walk-through access to the vehicles pre-sale -adding yet another exciting dimension to the Festival," confirms Bonhams & Brooks Chairman, Robert Brooks.
In addition, the sale will be filmed live by Silverstone TV and transmitted onto giant TV screens around the circuit.
Red: The Colour of Passion
This year's Festival will be symbolised by the colour red - paying homage to the passion and glory of the Italian marques and celebrating Ferrari's title as reigning Formula One World Champions. This approach will continue for the 2002 and 2003 events, which will be similarly themed.
Back on Track
Returning to Silverstone for the first time since the late '80s will be the awesome Group C Sportscars which are set to do battle in a 2-hour evening race for the BRDC British Empire Trophy.
In addition, there will be the unmistakeable aroma of Castrol R permeating the Silverstone air, as making their debut at the Silverstone Historic Festival will be a grid of 40 classic racing motorcycles, including such marques as Triumph, BSA, Laverda, Ducati, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi, BMW and Norton.
Other new race attractions include pre '76 Historic Formula Ford and Historic Touring Cars, which will run alongside classic Festival favourites such as pre-'61, '66 and '78 Grand Prix Cars, pre-'74 Le Mans Cars, pre-'67 Endurance Cars, early '60s Formula Junior Cars, and pre-'60s BRDC Historic Sports-Racing Cars.
Festival ticket prices this year offer great value for money when purchased in advance with adult admission starting at £28.00 per day, child admission at £5.00 per day and a three-day adult ticket at £55.00. Family tickets come in two forms - a one-day family ticket (two adults and up to three children) costs just £63.00 when booked in advance and the three-day advance family ticket costs £125.00.
Further programme details will be announced shortly. For more information on vehicles, drivers and riders, additional celebrity attendance and ticket details, call Silverstone Circuits on 01327 850204 or visit www.silverstone-circuit.co.uk.