Silverstone Circuit will be going back in time at this year’s British Grand Prix with a commemorative parade of race winners.
To mark the 50th Grand Prix to be held at the circuit, three parades will be held on each day of the event featuring Grand Prix winning cars and drivers that have provided unforgettable moments in the circuit’s history.
The search has already started for these iconic and original cars and the first driver and car to be involved in the parade is two-times British Grand Prix winner and three times Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart who is expected to be reunited with his 1969 British Grand Prix winning Matra MS80.
The car, originally run by Ken Tyrrell’s Matra International team, was one of the first F1 cars to be designed with wings for downforce and 1969 was also the year that Sir Jackie went on to win his first F1 World Championship.
Sir Jackie said: “Britain should be very proud the very beginning of Formula One was at Silverstone, and that we will be celebrating its 50th Grand Prix in July. Silverstone, at that time, was one of the fastest racetracks in the world and I am extremely proud that my name is down as a winner of the British Grand Prix; as to win your home Grand Prix has special meaning.
“I had one of the greatest battles in my racing career with Jochen Rindt in ’69, when there were more than thirty lead changes during the race. My father and my brother were there to witness it; it was one of the proudest occasions of my career. My victory at Silverstone was to lead on to me securing the World Championship for the first time also.
“Britain is now the technology capital of the whole world in motorsport. We have had great drivers and great cars born and bred in Britain. The Formula One World Championship is now the greatest sporting series around the globe, which is a huge credit to GB plc.”
Tickets for the British Grand Prix (July 4 to 6) are available from www.silverstone.co.uk or call 0844 3728 300.