The legendary Silverstone circuit is hosting ‘the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival’ in July – with cars such as exotic, classic Ferraris taking to the track alongside 90s BTCC saloons. We’ve been along for a sneak preview of what the weekend has to offer.
BTCC Ford Mondeos
From a time when Touring Cars were arguably at their peak, these two Mondeos in Rapid Fit livery look the part. Note the fuel tanker in the background – probably required, given the amount of fuel-guzzling race cars in attendance.
BTCC Peugeot 406 and MG Metro Turbo
Another touring car from the mid-90s, the Peugeot 406 is seen here in the pits alongside an MG Metro Turbo.
BTCC Audi A4
From a time before Audis were fashionable, the British Touring Car Championship gave the German premium car manufacturer a much-needed image boost.
BTCC Volvo S40
The same could be said for the Volvo S40 – but the 850 estates that preceded it were much cooler, in our opinion.
And here’s a selection of 80s racers – we spy a Jaguar XJ12 up front, along with a Rover SD1, Ford Sierra Cosworth, Ford Capri and a handful of Triumph Dolomites.
Such a British affair – a trio of Morgans take to the track. In the centre is a Morgan 4/4 from 1947 – although it’s hard to believe that nearly 50 years separate it from the other two.
Based on the first-generation Ford Cortina, the Lotus Cortina used a 1.6-litre twin-cam engine and the same close-ratio gearbox as the Elan. It’s very popular for historic racing, with no fewer than eight on the grid at Silverstone this weekend. This example is piloted by Richard Dutton and Neil Brown.
‘Butch’ indeed. Is there a cooler car of the period than a Triumph Dolomite Sprint? This one’s owned by Duncan Wiltshire.
Austin Healey 3000
While the Dolly might win cool points, we think there’s little chirpier than a yellow Austin Healey being ragged around Silverstone. This Mk1 Austin Healey 3000 is being driven by Richard Collyer.