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Top accolade for 2011 Silverstone Classic at Autosport Show
Old 19 Jan 2011 14:50
Category: Historic Racing
The 2011 Silverstone Classic is already off to a winning start. The event’s impressive display at the recent Autosport International Show won the coveted ‘Best Historic Motor Sport Stand’ accolade – a fitting tribute to the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, which is celebrating its 21st birthday at the home of the British Grand Prix this summer.

At the NEC, the award-winning Silverstone Classic showcase put the spotlight on three of the iconic cars that will be competing against more than 800 of the world’s most famous and revered competition cars during three days of classic on-track action later in the year.
Highlighting the amazing mix of famous competition cars that will be racing at the 2011 Silverstone Classic (22-24 July), the showcase featured a Maserati 250F from the Fifties, regarded by many as the finest Grand Prix car of all generations.

Lining up alongside the evocative Maserati were a pair of legendary Jaguars: a Silk Cut Jaguar XJR9 – the V12 sports prototype that took the famous British marque back to victory at Le Mans in 1988 – plus one of the original racing E-Types.

While the XJR9 will be rolling back the years in a pair of showdowns for grids of Group C machinery, its forebear will be starring in two very special HSCC Jaguar E-Type Challenge races being organised to mark the legendary sportscar’s 50th birthday at the 2011 Silverstone Classic.

Adding to the attraction, the Autosport International Show stand also featured a dedicated stage area where VIP personalities including XJR9 designer Tony Southgate, former F1 driver Jackie Oliver, Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips plus a host of other personalities were interviewed by TV presenter Louise Goodman. Highlights of these interviews can be viewed soon on the Silverstone Classic website: www.SilverstoneClassic.Com.

Showcasing the lifestyle and musical elements which further enhance the annual event’s family appeal, the stage also hosted live performances from a band fronted by Mollie Marriot, daughter of famous Sixties rock star Steve Marriot, plus interviews with Rick Parfitt Jnr and Travis drummer Neil Primrose, the two top finishers in the BSM Centenary Abarth 500 Celebrity Challenge which was an exciting new addition to the event’s on-track entertainment in 2010.

“We enjoyed a terrific four days at the show and even came home with a trophy,” confirmed a delighted event director Nick Wigley. “Advanced ticket sales are already well ahead of where they were 12 months ago and we experienced huge interest at the NEC. The magical cocktail of classic racing cars, live music and open public access proved every bit as popular in Birmingham as it is at Silverstone. The historic racing scene is thriving here in the UK and, as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Silverstone Classic is the leading the way.”
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