MOTORSPORT: The Silverstone Classic lived up to all its expectations last weekend, with the event providing some superb historic motor racing action around the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, writes James Beckett.
Two full days of racing, organised by the Silverstone-based Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), saw Europe’s finest historic racing machines battling wheel-to-wheel around the track that only two weeks earlier had played host to the British Grand Prix.
Sportsracing, saloon, GT and single-seater cars were all in action - with a host of local driver, cars and teams taking part in the festivities.
Gary Pearson was a very busy man throughout the weekend. His finest hour came in the Woodcote Trophy event which he won with Carlos Monteverde.
The duo scored victory in a stunning Jaguar D-Type and throughout the 50-minute race were the class of the field. Pearson was also seen behind the wheel of numerous other cars including a Lotus Cortina, Alfa Romeo GTA, Maserati, Jaguar E-Type and a Jaguar XJR Group C Le Mans machine.
Buckingham’s Mark Lewis Engineering celebrated victory on Sunday morning when Ewan McIntyre took his Lotus 15 to the number one position in the Sir Stirling Moss Trophy race. McIntyre powered his way into the lead during the closing stages of the race, after original race leader, Bobby Verdon-Roe, was forced to take a pit-stop after missing his mandatory mid-race stop. Evenley’s RW Racing Services ran numerous cars at Classic, including a number of sports and saloon cars, while James Wood and Queenie Louwman were also in action.
Wood and Louwman contested the Sir Stirling Moss Trophy with a Lotus 15, and were lucky to finish the race after the Lotus was hit - while Louwman was at the wheel, by engine components from a Lister-Jaguar that blew its engine. The bodywork of the Lotus suffered considerable damage, but Louwman was able to return to the car to the pits, shaken but unharmed.
Sam Wilson won two superb Formula Junior races to earn himself the title of ‘Driver of the Weekend’. He defeated local racer Jon Milicevic in both F.Junior encounters, while Andy Meyrick drove a Bicester-constructed March 761 to two race wins in the Grand Prix Masters race for F1 cars. Over 30 former Grand Prix machines were in the GPM races, which provided great entertainment for those at trackside.
Katsu Kubota and Bob Berridge won the Group C races with their Nissan RC90 and Mercedes-Benz C11 cars.