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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.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.