Unlike the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed that was run in picture perfect weather, this year’s edition of the Silverstone Classic took place in damp and miserable conditions. But that didn’t put off the 90,000 spectators who came over the weekend or any of the 1,113 competitors who drove in sports car, touring car and single-seater events.
As with Goodwood, the Silverstone event couldn’t ignore Porsche’s landmark 50 years of the 911. To mark the 50th anniversary, 1,208 911s took to the famous race track. The event looked further back in time to celebrate 90 years of motor racing over its 24 races, the main event of which was the Piper Heidseick International Trophy for GT cars built prior to 1966.
That event was won by John Pearson in a Jaguar E-Type, who beat a capacity field of 58 cars. In the touring car Sir John Whitmore Trophy race, reigning World Touring Car Championship driver Rob Huff took a class win. The former WTCC champ and current competitor, Andy Priaulx took part in the Trans-Atlantic Touring Car Trophy for American muscle cars. He led part of the way but failed to take the chequered flag.
There were two FIA Masters Historic Formula One races run over the weekend. Both were won by Michael Lyons in a 1979 Williams FW07. Although that machine has ground effect it didn’t manage the fastest lap of the meeting. That honour was taken by former Champ Car driver Nicolas Minassian who drove a Jaguar XJR14 around the lap in 1:46.428s lap at an average speed of 123mph.
This year’s event surpassed last year’s in terms of attendance and lap records fell so no wonder event director, Nick Wigley was pleased. “Whichever way you look, the Silverstone Classic has gone fantastically well,” he said, “We are already working flat out to ensure the 2014 Classic even bigger and better.”