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Classic Americans Weekend at Silverstone 23rd-25th July

The biggest grid of iconic V8-engined historic American muscle cars ever assembled will be one of the many on-track highlights of next month’s Silverstone Classic (23-25 July).
So popular has this new race proved to be that all 48 grid places are likely to be taken as a phalanx of no fewer than 34 thunderous US V8 machines take on a fleet of British Jaguars and a lone, and rather rare, Alfa Romeo 2600 in two epic HSCC Big Engine Touring Cars races held over the weekend. The record field of over 2-litre touring cars from the pre '66 era will make a sensational spectacle on the Historic Grand Prix circuit, as around 17,000bhp is unleashed through skinny rear tyres.
Topping the entry is the classic American Ford Mustang (pictured above), the iconic performance car of a generation, with an amazing tally of 17 cars. The 4.7-litre Mustang was made famous in coupe form in the hands of Steve McQueen in the film 'Bullitt', although it is the notch-back model that dominates pre '66 touring car racing.
Likely to be the absolute pacesetter in the Mustang pack is former British Touring Car Championship racer Patrick Watts, who is revered for his maximum attack approach to racing. "It should be a great spectacle as these V8s need to be steered on the throttle and we all want to win," said Watts. His Mustang rivals include seasoned UK-based Aussie surfer Neil Cunningham, Chris Chiles and Chris Beighton.
The big rival to the Mustang is the Ford Falcon, powered by the same 4727cc V8 motor. The entry list includes no less than nine Falcons, including those of potential pacesetters Leo Voyazides and John Young while other quick Falcons are in the hands of Westley Harding, Harry Wyndham and racing newcomer Ben Shuckburgh.
Carrying British honours in the face of a mighty US challenge will be a squad of 10 Jaguars, although the open spaces of Silverstone should give the advantage to the more powerful V8 brigade. Top of the Jaguar pack will be Graeme Dodd in his 1963-vintage Mk2, although Neil Cunningham is also scheduled to race an earlier Mk1 – the model famously driven by TV's Inspector Morsefrom 1957 in one of the races.
Three vast 7-litre Ford Galaxies will be the biggest cars on the grid, while rarities include the Plymouth Barracudas of Oliver Bryant and Duncan Pittaway, the Dodge Dart of Grahame Bryant, the Studebaker Silver Hawk of Steve Read and the Mercury Cyclone Comet of Roger Wills/Joe Twyman. The father and son Bryant team of Grahame and Oliver are usually team mates, but this time will be fierce rivals, and both will be chasing a place on the podium as well as family bragging rights.
It really is an incredible line-up of cars and it is a spectacle that has never before been seen anywhere in the world. The pair of races represent yet another first for the Silverstone Classic!
The Silverstone Classic (23-25 July, 2010) is firmly established as the World’s biggest classic racing festival. The spectacular three-day event is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home of the British Grand Prix. The Silverstone Classic features over 1000 drivers racing more than 800 of the world’s finest competition cars spanning the full spectrum of motor sport history. Adding to the rich on-track entertainment, the Silverstone Classic features a vast array of off-track attractions with 6000+ classic cars and bikes on display, hot rod demonstrations, fun fair, parades and live music concerts featuring classic rock bands and finalists from the X Factor guaranteeing a memorable day out for all the family.
Tickets: Available in advance via the ticket hotline on 0871 231 0849 or from the official event website Adult entrance: £30 Friday; £40 Saturday; £35 Sunday or three-day ticket £80. Children aged between 6 and 16: £5 per day. Those aged five and under: free. Ticket price includes car parking, grandstand seating, paddock access and live music.


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