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Silverstone Classic to celebrate 25 years

22 May, 2015

The Silverstone Classic festival, held over July 24–26, was always going to be a big one for the festival that is known as “the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival” — add in the fact that 2015 also marks the festival’s 25th anniversary, and this year will be something extra special.

The biggest feature of the event will be the Silver Jubilee parade, which will see an enormous array of silver cars take to the Silverstone track. The parade is open to anyone with a silver car, be it new or old, and has already attracted a diverse and wonderful line-up — from a 1934 Austin Seven Special, through to Land Rovers and Aston Martins.

With the Silverstone Classic already renowned for its huge display of classic and vintage cars — around 10,000 privately owned classics are expected for display — yesteryear’s finest will be sure to be well represented.

It won’t just be old vehicles, though. “For once it’s not limited to those lucky enough to own an E-type, 911, or F40 – it’s open to all those millions of motorists who simply have a silver car,” said event director Nick Wigley. Attendance is expected to top 100,000 for the first time.

Other highlights of the event include the RetroRun parade, as well as two of the festival’s most prestigious races — the Royal Automotive Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars for Pre ‘63 GTs and the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars. These two race events will play host to a wonderful line-up of automotive history, from E-type Jaguars, to Ferraris, and Le Mans–winning D-type Jaguars and Aston Martins.

Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.

Class struggle

For a British car, it is huge; for those sitting inside, the bonnet seems to extend past the horizon. The front seats are very comfortable rather than body hugging. The dashboard and centre console cluster are beautifully laid out, reminiscent of a fighter plane cockpit, with acres of red leather all around. Its V8 burble is on show. It is not a car to sneak about in, and it gets attention wherever it goes.
The large back window, possibly the best-known feature of the Interceptor and one that sets it apart, has very good functionality, allowing greater access to the boot. It would not be an easy job to replace it, so Interceptor owners are careful about reversing and not hitting anything.