Works D-Type OKV 1 steal the show at Vernasca Silver Flag hill climb

The first works D-Type OKV 1, that came second at Le Mans in 1954, attracted all the attention at the Vernasca Silver Flag event in Italy over the weekend of June 16th and 17th.The car, which is prepared by Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, won the award for Best of show and the driver James Baxter from Huddersfield received a trophy, which was a replica of the car sculptured by one of the organisers of the event, Claudio Casali.This year the Silver Flag event celebrated “The best of British” and the winning trophies had been modelled on the famous D-Type.“It was fantastic that the car on which the trophies were based won an award,” said James Baxter. “The car got a fantastic welcome when it turned up and received a great deal of attention all over the weekend.”On hand to congratulate the driver and the car was Norman Dewis, Jaguar’s famous test driver, who along with David Piper were special guests at the event.Every year the famous hill climb, which attracts cars from all over Europe and beyond, celebrates a particular marquee and this year the organisers wanted to attract the best of British. Enthusiasts responded by bringing a huge cross section of cars.Including a 1933 Riley Brooklands owned by Tomas de Vargas Machuca, the Managing Director of HERO Events, which won best pre war car.Marques included Aston Martin, Frazer Nash, AC, Cooper, March, Lotus, Alvis and many more.

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