Colossal Silverstone Classic parade sets new record

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The 50th British Grand Prix at Silverstone was marked in fine style at the Silverstone Classic, which gathered a record 84 GP cars, led by motor sport legend Sir Stirling Moss.

Moss was at the wheel of a Maserati 250F and was joined by David Brabham, who drove a Brabham BT24 in honour of his father, Jack, who passed away earlier this year. They were joined by the Talbot-Lago T26C that was entered into the first Silverstone Grand Prix for Lord Selsdon, as well as Jack Sears' Cooper, who took the car out more than 50 years after he first raced it.

"The 250F is such a fabulous car – absolutely beautiful," said Moss: "What a wonderful occasion – to be driving a car like this is just magic and reminds me just how fabulous the Maserati was. I guess it shows just how good it was if you can win a race like Monaco in one.

"I still have pretty vivid memories of the first Grand Prix here at Silverstone, which was back in 1948, when I was racing a 500cc in the support race. I also remember the 1950 race because I met the King and Queen, which was a bit special. In fact I have got lots of happy memories of Silverstone, I think it was one of the circuits I didn’t crash on! It's just been an astonishing day."

Following the parade, the majority of the field entered the pits, but Moss stayed on the circuit to lead a monumental tribute to Maserati to mark the firm's 100th year. Alfieri Maserati – son of one of the founding brothers, Ernesto joined the Formula 1 legend at the front of the display.

Alfieri Maserati said: "Where better than Silverstone to celebrate the centenary of the 'Officine Alfieri Maserati'. Maseratis were built for racing and after 100 years [the marque] is undergoing a great renaissance. It has been a joy to participate in the parade of over 200 Maseratis from years gone by."

The Ford Mustang was also celebrating a significant milestone, this time its 50th anniversary. The American Pony car was the subject of the weekend's third celebratory parade, which involved 175 examples taking to the track.

While the Mustangs were lapping the circuit, two P51 Mustangs were performing an air display in the skies above. 

 

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