The Silverstone Classic 2011 will be staged 22-24 July at the famous Silverstone circuit in England. This year’s event will include over 800 racing cars, more than 1000 drivers and grids of up to 58 cars on the new Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
The Silverstone Classic race weekend will feature the bold and brave machines of the 1930s to the DFV-engined Formula 1 cars of the 1970s and early 1980s and the stunning Group C sports cars of the 1980s and early 1990s. Further diversity is provided by races for period touring cars, classic sports and GT racers of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
“The race line-up for the 2011 Silverstone Classic is nothing short of sensational,” said Event Director Nick Wigley. “We have gathered together the finest categories from across Europe and with the move to the new Grand Prix circuit we can run bigger grids than ever before. Even so, some grids have still been over-subscribed!”
Silverstone Classic 2011 will be the first event to take full advantage of both the national and international pit complexes at Silverstone. Some grids will be housed in the spectacular ‘Wing’, the brand new Formula 1 pit complex built between Club and Abbey Corners, while others will be in the traditional national pit complex at Woodcote Corner. A fleet of Route Master buses will be on hand to ferry visitors between the two sites. Both buildings are required as the move to racing on the new Grand Prix circuit means that the event will feature even bigger grids than ever before.
“The Silverstone Classic also will give the public its first chance to experience the circuit’s amazing new ‘Wing’ building following the British Grand Prix. Moreover, our ‘access all areas’ policy will give everyone the chance not only to admire the new structure from afar but also to see it close up as they are free to walk around the paddock and watch these wonderful cars being prepared in the pits,” commented Wigley.
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Silverstone Classic 2011 – Race Classes
Group C sports-prototypes from 1983 to 1991
The magnificent Le Mans prototype cars of the 1980s, including cars from Porsche, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Nissan, Mercedes, Lancia and Spice.
Grand Prix Masters for Grand Prix cars from 1968 to 1982
The DFV-engined generation of Formula 1 cars from manufacturers like Lotus, Tyrrell, McLaren, Brabham and March.
Historic Grand Prix Car Association pre-1961 Grand Prix cars
Cars ranging from Pre-War monsters through to Cooper, Lotus and Maserati representing a golden era of Formula 1.
Historic Grand Prix Car Association pre-1966 Grand Prix cars
The cars of the era when F1 engines went to the rear of the car; Cooper, Lotus and Brabham are among the key manufacturers.
World Sportscar Masters for sport-prototypes and GT cars up to 1974.
The mighty V8-powered Lolas and Ford GT40s ranged against nimble 2-litre cars from Chevron and Lola.
Gentleman Drivers Series for pre-1966 GT and pre-1963 sports cars
A magnificent line-up of classic GT cars from Aston Martin, Jaguar, AC, TVR and many more.
Italian Historic Car Cup for pre-1974 Italian sports, sports-prototype and GT cars
An over dose of glorious machinery from Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo.
Jaguar E-Type Challenge
Brand new for 2011 to celebrate 50 years of the E-type; a one-make race series for the classic British sports cars of the early 1960s.
Formula Junior for single-seaters from 1959 to 1963
For six years, Formula Junior was the proving ground for aspiring Grand Prix drivers, competing in both front and rear-engined racing cars.
U2TC up to 2-litre pre-1966 touring cars
The U2TC series for up to 2-litre touring cars is packed with Lotus Cortinas, Alfa Romeos, BMWs and Mini Coopers.
Big–engined Touring Cars for over 2-litre pre-1966 touring cars
A record grid of American V8 racers, with the Ford Mustang and Falcon to the fore, along with a smattering of Jaguars and a Mercedes or two.
Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars
This race, for pre ’63 GT cars, celebrates Britain’s oldest motor race, and includes priceless classics from Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar and many others.
Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-1956 sports cars
The evocative sports cars of the early 1950s will include early Aston Martins, Maseratis and Jaguars along with a host of smaller-engined cars.
Sir Stirling Moss Trophy for pre1961 sports and sports-racing cars
The sports-racing cars of the 1950s were some of the most beautiful cars ever built for racing; Lotus, Lister, Maserati and Cooper are all represented.
[Source: Silverstone Classic; photo credit: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]