Legends and Classic Cars to be Reunited

at Silverstone for Anniversary Celebrations

Legends  and  past  Champions  from  fifty  years  of  the  British  Touring  Car  Championship  (BTCC)  will  be reunited with their competition cars when they gather at Silverstone’s round of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring  Car  Championship  (31  August),  to  celebrate  the  50th,  60th  and  80th  anniversaries  of  the  BTCC, Silverstone  and  British  Racing  Drivers’  Club  (BRDC)  respectively. 

In  addition  to  celebrating  the  three special  anniversaries,  Silverstone  is  also  looking  forward  to  the  BTCC’s  return  to  the  Home  of  British Motor Racing.

A spectacular line-up of BTCC legends  have already confirmed their attendance at the gathering on the Sunday  (31  August)  of  the  race  weekend  – the penultimate round of this year’s BTCC. Race-goers will have an opportunity to collect autographs and hear from some of Britain’s most illustrious BTCC drivers during  several  ‘meet and greet’ sessions, scheduled to take place throughout the day within the classic cars display enclosure, adjacent to the main paddock entrance. To  continue  the  celebrations  the  drivers  will  also  take  part  in  a  historic  Parade  Lap*,  scheduled  for 12:30pm*  on  the  Sunday,  when  they  will jump behind the wheel of some of the iconic competition cars that  they  raced  competitively  in  their  heyday. 

The  stunning  range  of  celebrated  cars,  spanning  the  five decades of the series, will also be on display next to the open BTCC paddock, access to which is free for all  race  day  ticket  holders. 

A  2008  SEAT  Leon  from  SEAT  Sport  UK,  a  1996  Audi  A4  Quattro  Super Tourer and a current Team Halfords competition car will also be on display, bringing the history of saloon car racing up to the present day.

The list of drivers and cars gathering at Silverstone for the anniversary celebrations is as distinguished as it is long: -

  1958  and 1963 Champion “Gentleman” Jack Sears (BTCC driver between 1958 and 1965) will drive  the  Austin  Westminster  A105  he  raced  on  his  way  to  winning  the  inaugural  1958  British Saloon Car Championship, as it was known back then -  David Brodie (1963 to 1995) in his 1988 Ford Sierra RS500 -  1965 Champion Roy Pierpoint (1965 to 1968) in the ‘68 Ford Falcon -  Jackie Oliver (1966 to 1970) behind the wheel of a 1965 Ford Mustang -  Martin Thomas (1967 to 1986) driving his 1967 ‘Ovaltine’ Chevrolet Camaro -  Chris Craft (1969 to 1979) in the 1969 Ford Escort -  Gordon Spice (1969 to 1984) in the 1974 ‘Quick Brew’ Ford Capri 3.0S Mk.2 Gp.1 -  1970, ’71 and ’72 Champion Bill McGovern (1970 to 1974) in a ’64 / ‘65 Hillman Imp -  Vince Woodman (1971 to 1989) in his 1973 Ford Capri Cologne -  Stuart  Graham  (1973  to  1980)  in  a  1970  Chevrolet  Camaro  –  also  representing  the  Chevrolet Camaro’s driven by Graham’s team mate, the late Richard Lloyd -  1975, ‘83, ‘84 and ‘85 Champion and winner of a record 60 races Andy Rouse (1973 to 1994) in the Ford Sierra RS500 -  Tony Dron (1974 to 1984) in the 1975 Triumph Dolomite Sprint -  Barrie Williams (1974 to 1989) in the late Gerry Marshall’s 1976 Vauxhall Magnum -  1978 and 1979 Champion Richard Longman (1977 to 1986) in his 1978 1275GT Mini Clubman -  Jeff Allam (1977 to 1995) in a 1975 Rover Vitesse -  Damon Hill (1989) driving the 1958 Riley 1.5, in the absence of Tommy Sopwith -  Derek Warwick (1995 to 1998) in the 1995 Vauxhall Cavalier, formerly driven by John Cleland -  Graham Leslie driving the Nissan Primera his father, the late David Leslie, drove in 1999 -  Anthony Reid (1997 to 2004) in a car to be confirmed

BRDC President Damon Hill OBE, who raced behind the wheel of a Sierra RS500 at the Donington Park round of BTCC in 1989, will also be joining the legends at both the meet and greet sessions and in the Parade Lap.

Silverstone  will  showcase  what  promises  to  be  an  exciting  penultimate  raceday  in  the  BTCC  calendar. Spectators will be able to watch the drama unfold throughout a busy day that features three BTCC races on Silverstone's tight 1.6 mile National Circuit.

In addition to the headline race action, a superb line-up of support races, including the Porsche Carrera Cup, Renault Clio Cup, Formula Renault UK Championship, SEAT Cupra Championship and Ginetta Junior Championship will provide fans with a full day of top class entertainment. It is an event weekend not to be missed by motor racing fans as the tin-top action is fast and furious, with plenty of thrills and spills to wow the crowds.

Free access to the centre of the circuit and BTCC paddock will provide race-goers with the opportunity to rub shoulders with the drivers and teams, while away from the track - and in addition to the BTCC classic car  display,  autograph  sessions  and  Q&As  with  the  BTCC  legends  -  spectators  will  also  enjoy  a spectacular Red Devils parachute display and FREE family entertainment, including fairground rides.

Taster experiences, such as the Caterham Autotest (Saturday and Sunday), and helicopter pleasure rides (Saturday and Sunday) will also add to the festival atmosphere, ensuring there is plenty to keep younger fans entertained.

Tickets for the Silverstone round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, taking place on 30- 31  August,  have  been  priced  at  an  attractive  £15  for  the  Saturday  (qualifying)  and  £23  for  the  Sunday Raceday  (if  booked  in  advance). 

Sunday  tickets  will  cost  £30  if  purchased  on  the  day.  Meanwhile, Weekend Tickets, which can only be booked in advance, offer great value at £27 for both days. Children aged 15 years and under, accompanied by an adult, go free; while parking, grandstand seating and access to the Paddock and centre of the circuit are all also included in these special prices.

To book tickets, or for further information, visit silverstone.co.uk, or call 08704 588 260.

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