The 2013 Silverstone Classic saw record numbers of entries across 24 races. Classed as the biggest classic motor racing festival, there were a total of 1113 entries across a massive range of racing machinery spanning nearly 90 years.
A poignant and fitting moment of the weekend was with the 50 year anniversary of Jim Clarks maiden British Grand Prix win and Formula One World Championship being hugely celebrated at this year’s classic, his original 1963 Lotus 25 was taken to another class victory by Andy Middlehurst. The race named the Jim Clark Trophy for HGPCA pre-66 GP cars was won overall by Jason Minishaw in a Brabham BT4.
Another highlight was the sight of 1992 British Touring Car Champion Tim Harvey leading the Super Touring Car Trophy in the Labatt’s liveried Ford Sierra Cosworth that he last raced in 1990. Tim had to settle for 2nd place behind the more modern car and younger driver of Frank Wrathall in the Vauxhall Cavalier.
The Piper Heidseck International Trophy for GT Cars in association with Chopard went to Gary and John Pearson in the Jaguar E-type and then a Jaguar D-type took the win for the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy on Sunday morning.
Among the crowd were the Duke of Kent who himself has owned a 8 litre 1931 Bentley, three times world champion Sir Jackie Stewart and the much loved veteran commentator Murray Walker, with his first public appearance since his recent illness.
Not including the historic racing cars, over 8000 classic cars were on a very busy infield. Aston Martin was the featured marque on Saturday, marking their centenary, but Sunday was dedicated for Porsche. A parade to mark 50 years of the iconic 911 smashed its own target by hoping to achieve 911 on the circuit but managed a staggering 1208. Adding to this the cavalcade was lead by five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell along with Mark Porsche, son of Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Porsche, designer of the original 911 first unveiled in 1963.
With the event getting bigger and bigger, with more cars than before and reported record ticket sales, 2014 should be immense.