Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa - 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Silverstone Classic 2017

The Silverstone Classic has become a staple of my motorsport diary for several years now, so late July (and a week later than originally planned due to the Grand Prix schedule moving the British Grand Prix out by a week) I always look forward to the drive down the M6 to the Northamptonshire circuit for a few days of inhaling petrol fumes and having my ears bombarded with the glorious sounds of race cars at full chat.

WARNING: There are quite a few images on this post, so it may take a while for the page to load.

David Hart and Olivier Hart - 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

David Hart and Olivier Hart – 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Rudiger Freidrichs - 1953 Jaguar C-Type

Rudiger Freidrichs – 1953 Jaguar C-Type

Andrew Dee-Crowne and Sam Thomas - 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Andrew Dee-Crowne and Sam Thomas – 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

David Shaw - 1972 March 721

David Shaw – 1972 March 721

Paul Pochciol and James Hanson - 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona

Paul Pochciol and James Hanson – 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee - 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee – 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee - 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee – 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

David Hart and Olivier Hart - 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

David Hart and Olivier Hart – 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

Tommy Dreelan - 1982 Williams FW08

Tommy Dreelan – 1982 Williams FW08

Oliver Bryant - 1964 AC Cobra

Oliver Bryant – 1964 AC Cobra

Roger Wills - 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Roger Wills – 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Jon Minshaw - 1998 Volvo S40

Jon Minshaw – 1998 Volvo S40

John Spiers - 1965 TVR Griffith

John Spiers – 1965 TVR Griffith

Ric Wood - 1974 Ford Capri

Ric Wood – 1974 Ford Capri

Andrew Dee-Crowne and Sam Thomas - 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Andrew Dee-Crowne and Sam Thomas – 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Historika Porsche 911

Historika Porsche 911

Tommy Dreelan - 1982 Williams FW08

Tommy Dreelan – 1982 Williams FW08

Mark Bates and James Bates - 1965 Porsche 911

Mark Bates and James Bates – 1965 Porsche 911

Richard Wilson and Martin Stretton - 1957 Maserati 250S

Richard Wilson and Martin Stretton – 1957 Maserati 250S

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

Marc Gordon- 1958 Jaguar XK150

Marc Gordon- 1958 Jaguar XK150

Ivan Dutton and Paul Chudecki - 1960 TVR Grantura MkII Lightweight

Ivan Dutton and Paul Chudecki – 1960 TVR Grantura MkII Lightweight

George Miller and Les Goble - 1961 Aston Martin DB4

George Miller and Les Goble – 1961 Aston Martin DB4

Bill Shepard and Jim Farley - 1963 AC Cobra

Bill Shepard and Jim Farley – 1963 AC Cobra

Urs Muler and Arlette Muller - 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT

Urs Muler and Arlette Muller – 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT

Guillermo Fierro Eleta and Steve Hart - 1957 Maserati 300S

Guillermo Fierro Eleta and Steve Hart – 1957 Maserati 300S

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee - 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee – 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Andrew Beaumont - 1961 Lotus Elite S2

Andrew Beaumont – 1961 Lotus Elite S2

Paul Griffin - 1959 Cooper Monaco

Paul Griffin – 1959 Cooper Monaco

Porsche 924

Porsche 924

Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Roger Wills - 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Roger Wills – 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Guillermo Fierro Eleta and Steve Hart - 1957 Maserati 300S

Guillermo Fierro Eleta and Steve Hart – 1957 Maserati 300S

Robert Rawe - 1961 Aston Martin DB4

Robert Rawe – 1961 Aston Martin DB4

Tony Wood - 1958 Maserati TecMec

Tony Wood – 1958 Maserati TecMec

Richard Cook and Harvey Stanley - 1964 Porsche 911

Richard Cook and Harvey Stanley – 1964 Porsche 911

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar C-Type

Guillermo Fierro Eleta and Steve Hart - 1957 Maserati 300S

Guillermo Fierro Eleta and Steve Hart – 1957 Maserati 300S

Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40

1959 Triumph 2000 Italia

1959 Triumph 2000 Italia

This year I decided to attend on the Friday and Saturday, skipping the Sunday in lieu of a rest day and a chance for my feet to recover. Believe me when I say there is an awful lot of ground to cover at the Silverstone Classic, and only being there two days meant that some things had to be skipped or only glanced at in passing – to get a full appreciation of the event then three days is certainly recommended (if your feet can stand up to the amount of walking this entails).

There are buses to ferry you from the Green (with the eBay live tent alongside it this year) down to the Wing, but this means you miss out on a stroll between where the track pinches together and an opportunity to see the cars coming through Becketts on one side and the Village on the other (although stopping to watch is frowned upon, you can still see some of the action as you walk from one location to the next).

Andrew Banks and Maxim Banks - 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ

Andrew Banks and Maxim Banks – 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ

Tony Wood - 1958 Maserati TecMec

Tony Wood – 1958 Maserati TecMec

David Hart and Olivier Hart - 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

David Hart and Olivier Hart – 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

Gary Pearson - 1958 Lister Chevrolet

Gary Pearson – 1958 Lister Chevrolet

Ben Eastick - 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Ben Eastick – 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Richard Cook and Harvey Stanley - 1964 Porsche 911

Richard Cook and Harvey Stanley – 1964 Porsche 911

Shaun Lynn - 1969 Lola Mk3B

Shaun Lynn – 1969 Lola Mk3B

Stephen Bond and Keith Fell and Ian Nuthall - 1958 Lister Jaguar Knobbly

Stephen Bond and Keith Fell and Ian Nuthall – 1958 Lister Jaguar Knobbly

Stephen Bond and Keith Fell and Ian Nuthall - 1958 Lister Jaguar Knobbly

Stephen Bond and Keith Fell and Ian Nuthall – 1958 Lister Jaguar Knobbly

Driver Watch

Driver Watch

Gregor Fisken - 1975 Shadow DN5

Gregor Fisken – 1975 Shadow DN5

On top of the great track action and full to bursting paddocks there is a plentiful supply of car clubs in attendance at the Silverstone Classic festival, and there are often some rarer models from the various manufacturer back catalogues to look at. This year both Porsche Club GB and Ferrari Club GB had a large turnout of cars, and other marques were well represented too. If you were in the mood for shopping, then there was a good selection of car related stalls selling everything from old race programmes to replica Aston Martin DB3’s. And if you were hungry or thirsty, there was plenty of food and beer on tap at the many eateries dotted around the circuit.

Silverstone also hold an auction for those looking for some new wheels, and this year there were some exceptional prices paid for cars that not so long ago were being consigned to the breakers yard. A Peugeot 205 GTi sold for £38,000 (my heart broke a little on hearing this, knowing my own 250 GTi was written off for what amounted to about £1200 worth of damage when an uninsured driver ploughed into it – I wish I’d bought it back from the insurance company and fixed it), and the joy riders car of choice from the 90’s, a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, went for an unbelievable £114,750. Admittedly, both these are what you would consider to be mint examples of legendary cars, but there is an obvious appetite for models that people once lusted after and maybe now are in the financial to buy.

Oliver Bryant - 1964 AC Cobra

Oliver Bryant – 1964 AC Cobra

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar C-Type

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa - 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa – 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Steve Jones and Robert Barrie - 1965 Porsche 911

Steve Jones and Robert Barrie – 1965 Porsche 911

David Hart - 1959 Lister Costin

David Hart – 1959 Lister Costin

Gary Pearson - 1958 Lister Chevrolet

Gary Pearson – 1958 Lister Chevrolet

Martin Halusa - 1956 Maserati 250F

Martin Halusa – 1956 Maserati 250F

Paul Kennelly - 1959 Jaguar XK150

Paul Kennelly – 1959 Jaguar XK150

Urs Muler and Arlette Muller - 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT

Urs Muler and Arlette Muller – 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa - 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa – 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Tony Best - 1961 Ferrari Dino BR01

Tony Best – 1961 Ferrari Dino BR01

Porsche 911

Porsche 911

David Hart - 1959 Lister Costin

David Hart – 1959 Lister Costin

Ford Lotus Cortina

Ford Lotus Cortina

Roger Wills - 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Roger Wills – 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

David Hart and Olivier Hart - 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

David Hart and Olivier Hart – 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

Gary Pearson - 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Gary Pearson – 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Ferrari 275 GTB

Ferrari 275 GTB

Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

Roger Wills - 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Roger Wills – 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Andrew Dee-Crowne and Sam Thomas - 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Andrew Dee-Crowne and Sam Thomas – 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Mike Wrigley - 1971 Chevron B19

Mike Wrigley – 1971 Chevron B19

Jason Wright - 1969 Lola T70 Mk3B

Jason Wright – 1969 Lola T70 Mk3B

The Silverstone Classic is known for being the largest motorsport festival, and with 22 races spanning over eight decades of racing, you can imagine the amount of organisation it takes and the number of cars there are to look at. Indeed, it is often the case that you will see a car appear in the pit lane or the assembly area and wonder where on earth it has been hidden away, such is the vastness of the paddock areas. Combine this with the circuit using both the National and International (Wing) paddocks, covering everything you want to see is a challenge.
Below is a selection of images taken at the 2017 Silverstone Classic, and as usual there are quite a few photographs so loading of the page may take a while. If you are looking for a particular photograph and it’s not shown, let me know as I’ve not necessarily published here every image taken.

The top three finishers for each race are listed at the end of the article, or you can get the full listing at the Silverstone Classic website

Ben Eastick - 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Ben Eastick – 1955 Jaguar D-Type

1959 Triumph 2000 Italia

1959 Triumph 2000 Italia

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee - 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee – 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Rory Henderson and Gregor Fisken - 1962 AC Cobra

Rory Henderson and Gregor Fisken – 1962 AC Cobra

Kay McGlone and Simon Jefferies and Richard Tyzack - 1962 Abarth Bialbero

Kay McGlone and Simon Jefferies and Richard Tyzack – 1962 Abarth Bialbero

Sam Thomas - 1958 Lister Knobbly

Sam Thomas – 1958 Lister Knobbly

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

Porsche 924

Porsche 924

Andrew Banks and Maxim Banks - 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ

Andrew Banks and Maxim Banks – 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ

Steve Wright and Ian Clark - 1958 Porsche 356A Super

Steve Wright and Ian Clark – 1958 Porsche 356A Super

MV Agusta

MV Agusta

Stephen Bulling - 1961 Elva 300

Stephen Bulling – 1961 Elva 300

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa - 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa – 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee - 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee – 1965 Iso Grifo A3C

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa - 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Lukas Halusa and Martin Halusa – 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

Porsche GB - Porsche 550 Spyder

Porsche GB – Porsche 550 Spyder

Mark Sumpter - 1958 Ford Lotus Cortina

Mark Sumpter – 1958 Ford Lotus Cortina

Gary Pearson - 1958 Lister Chevrolet

Gary Pearson – 1958 Lister Chevrolet

John Young - 1955 Jaguar D-Type

John Young – 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Roger Wills - 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Roger Wills – 1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT

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Saturday 29th July 2017 Race Results:
Commander Yorke Trophy for Historic Formula Junior
1. Sam Wilson (Lotus20/22) 8 laps (87.09mph)
2. Andrew Hibberd (Lotus 22) +28.499s
3. Westie Mitchell (De Tomaso 63) +33.841s

Formula Ford 50 presented by Historic Motorsport International
1. Michael O’Brien (Merlyn Mk20A) 9 laps (92.21mph)
2. Ed Thurston (Elden Mk8) +1.813s
3. Max Bartell (Merlyn Mk20A) +2.003s

Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre ’61 Sports Cars
1. Chris Ward (Lister Costin) 20 laps (86.74mph)
2. Rob Barff (Lotus 15) +14.251s
3. Richard Kent (Lister Costin Jaguar) +24.043s

John Fitzpatrick Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars
1. Mark Sumpter (Ford Lotus Cortina) 19 laps (82.16mph)
2. Ambrogio Perfetti/Augusto Perfetti (Ford Lotus Cortina) +38.596s
3. Karl Jones/Chris Ward (Ford Lotus Cortina) +39.183s

Kidston Trophy for Pre War Sports Cars
1. Gareth Burnett (Talbot 105) 12 laps (62.94mph)
2. Frederic Wakeman/Patrick Blakeney-Edwards (Frazer Nash Super Sports) +0.162s
3. Charles Gillett/Eddie Williams (Frazer Nash TT Rep) +6.211s

Commander Yorke Trophy for Historic Formula Junior (Race 2)
1. Sam Wilson (Lotus20/22) 9 laps (92.74mph)
2. Andrew Hibberd (Lotus 22) +4.428s
3. Timothy De Silva (Brabham BT2) +23.629s

FIA Masters Historic Formula One
1. Nick Padmore (Williams FW07C) 11 laps (116.10mph)
2. Jonathan Kennard (Arrows A3) +2.502s
3. Michael Lyons (Williams FW07B) +3.193s

Maserati Trophy for HGPCA Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars
1. Sam Wilson (Lotus 18 372) 9 laps (93.37mph)
2. Jon Fairley (Brabham BT11/19) +3.966s
3. William Nuthall (Cooper T53) +7.575s

JET Super Touring Car Trophy
1. Jason Minshaw (Volvo S40) 8 laps (95.32mph)
2. Jon Minshaw (Audi A4) +31.540s
3. Dave Jarman (Nissan Primera) +36.210s

Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge Trophy (Pro Class)
1. Steve Soper (Austin A35) 3 laps (57.63mph)
2. Martin Donnelly (Austin A35) +1.568s
3. Mark Blundell (Austin A35) +2.003s

Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge Trophy (Amateur Class)
1. Neil Primrose (Austin A35) 3 laps (56.68mph)
2. Tony Jardine (Austin A30) +3.048s
3. Jason Kenny (Austin A35) +7.983s

Gallet International Trophy for Classic GT Cars (Pre ’66)
1. Oliver Bryant (AC Cobra) 16 laps (67.92mph)
2. Roger Wills (Bizzarrini 5300 GT) +1.032s
3. Andrew Haddon (AC Cobra) +1.658s

Group C
1. Steve Tandy (Spice SE90 GTP) 10 laps (88.40mph)
2. Mike Wrigley (Spice SE89C) +11.487s
3. Tony Sinclair (Spice SE90C) +44.542s

Sunday 30th July 2017 Race Results:

Formula Ford 50 presented by Historic Motorsport International
1. Michael O’Brien (Merlyn Mk20A) 8 laps (78.31mph)
2. Callum Grant (Merlyn Mk20A) +1.235s
3. Benn Tilley (Merlyn Mk20A) +7.012s

Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars (Pre ’63 GT)
1. Wolfgang Friedrichs/Simon Hadfield (Aston Martin DP212) 20 laps (83.49mph)
2. Martin Hunt/Pat Blakeney-Edwards (AC Cobra) +2.043s
3. James Cottingham/Harvey Stanley (Jaguar E-type) +5.439s

Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars
1. Frederic Wakeman/Pat Blakeney-Edwards (Cooper T38) 20 laps (86.66mph)
2. Andrew Smith/Chris Ward (Cooper Jaguar T33) +20.341s
3. Gary Pearson/John Pearson (Jaguar D-type) +39.886s

Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars
1. Frederic Wakeman/Patrick Blakeney-Edwards (Cooper T38) 20 laps (83.54mph)
2. Chris Ward/Andrew Smith (Cooper Jaguar T33) +20.341s
3. Gary Pearson/John Pearson (Jaguar D-type) +39.886s

FIA Masters Historic Formula One
1. Michael Lyons (Williams FW07B) 11 laps (116.0mph)
2. Nick Padmore (Williams FW07C) +6.527s
3. Jonathan Kennard (Arrows A3) +8.075s

Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge Trophy (Owners)
1. Mike Jordan (Austin A30) 7 laps (74.27mph)
2. James Colburn (Austin A30) +0.889s
3. Jonathan Lewis (Austin A35) +0.891s

Jaguar Classic Challenge
1. Gary Pearson (Jaguar E-type) 13 laps (84.90mph)
2. Graeme Dodd/James Dodd (Jaguar E-type) +1.155s
3. Ben Short (Jaguar E-type) +13.592s

FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars
1. Martin O’Connell (Chevron B19) 21 laps (103.29mph)
2. Rob Garofall/Philip Hall (Lola T212) +7.221s
3. Andrew Banks/Max Banks (McLaren M6B) +8.155s

Maserati Trophy for HGPCA Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars
1. Jon Fairley (Brabham BT11/19) 9 laps (93.24mph)
2. Sam Wilson (Lotus 18 372) +5.309s
3. Barry Cannell (Brabham BT11A) +39.560s

Group C
1. Kriton Lendoudis (Mercedes C11) 12 laps (100.39mph)
2. Steve Tandy (Spice SE90 GTP) +19.041s
3. Philippe Scemama (Spice SE89C) + 48.353S

JET Super Touring Car Trophy
1. James Dodd (Honda Accord) 8 laps (88.02mph)
2. Jason Minshaw (Volvo S40) +1.187s
3. Darren Fielding (Ford Mondeo) +28.318s