Grand Prix Masters and Group C top Silverstone Classic line-up

| 7 Feb 2013

Eight decades of racing cars will be out on track at this year’s Silverstone Classic from 26-28 July.

Billed as the ‘the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival’, the event has already confirmed grids covering everything from Group C to Grand Prix Masters, Historic Formula 1, F5000, GT machines, plus Touring and sports cars.

More than 100 iconic GP racers are set to take to the tarmac including 1920s Bugattis, Ferraris and Maseratis from the ’50s, plus 1960s mid-engined open-wheelers from the likes of Brabham, Cooper and Lotus.

The Masters, meanwhile, will bring a host of Cosworth DFV-powered machines from 1968-’78.  

Rounding off the single-seater programme are Historic Formula Juniors and the combined F5000/F2 class.

Top sports car billing goes to the Group C machines of the ’80s and ’90s from manufacturers such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Peugeot and Porsche as well as a trio of Ferrari-engined Lancia LC2s.

The weekend’s action will also cover post-war racers from the likes of Jaguar in the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, while The Stirling Moss Trophy stars pre-’61 cars such as Lister-Jaguars, Cooper Monacos and Maserati T61 Birdcages.

The World Sportscar Masters will feature machines from the mid-’60s through to 1974, with track legends such as the Porsche 917, Ferrari 512 and Lola T70.

The Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy will also be up for grabs, with Aston Martins winning the event the past two years running.

As always, the saloon-car grids are set to offer some of the closest racing.  

The Under 2-Litre Touring Cars will feature a 58-car line-up including Lotus Cortinas, BMW 1800 TIs, Alfa Romeo GTAs and Mini Coopers from the pre-’66 era.

Finally, the Group A and Super Touring contests will feature saloons from 1980-’90s.

To find out more about the event, click here.