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Silverstone Classic 2017

28 July, 2017

As those lucky buggers in the UK get rid of the last of their hangover from the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a few of them will be heading off to another brilliant event being held in their backyard.


The 2017 Silverstone Classic sees some excellent classic racing as well as on-site classic auctions, teams events and the ever popular retro run meaning there’s a bit of something for everyone.


Taking place at the Silverstone Circuit this weekend, there might be just enough time to jump aboard NZ2 and get there for Saturday’s festivities.

Check out a preview of this year’s event here:

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.