Sywell Classic announces GT40 parade

| 12 Aug 2014

Organisers of the Sywell Classic Pistons & Props event have unveiled plans for a Ford GT40 parade, which is set to headline the show's live circuit on 27-28 September.

The display will be lead by the GT40 Enthusiasts' Club, which will run several cars on the demonstration circuit to mark 50 years since the iconic racer first competed at Le Mans.

The aerodrome's runway is set to be transformed into a short sprint track by the addition of a right-hand bend, a long straight with mid-way chicane, followed by a 180-degree hairpin and flying finish.

Fittingly, given the focus of the celebrations on the model's Le Mans anniversary, the field will include a replica of a GT40 Le Mans winner. Paul Brameld's car was built in France in 1995 and is a regular visitor to the Le Mans Classic, as well as Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring.

Dave Garner's GT40 was built by Riccardo Engineering as a demonstrator before passing into private hands, then languishing in a garage due to the owner's ill-health. Garner bought the car in 2011, recommissioned it for road and track use and increased the power output to a healthy 355bhp.

Last is Peter Thompson's MkIV-type racer, which is fitted with a Porsche gearbox.

In addition to the GT40s, an eclectic mix of Formula One, Group B rally cars and Group C Le Mans racers will all be demonstrated, as well as numerous historic single-seaters and tin tops.

Of course, 'pistons' is just half the fun – the 'props' element will feature four aerial displays each day, along with demonstrations of the Spitfire and Swordfish. A mock WW1 dogfight is set to take place, as is a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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