Silverstone Classic 2019

July 28, 2019
Sir Jackie Stewart mantra ms80

The Silverstone Classic is now firmly established as the worlds biggest classic car racing event. Every year the organisers manage to mix regular races spectators now know to expect along with special celebration races. Always one of my favourite events of the year.  Silverstone Classic 2019, 3 day weekend was sure to be no different.

3 red classic racing cars in pit lane
The Ferrari ‘Bread Van’ heads out for qualifying
Phil Hall in the 1975 March 752 Formula 2
Phil Hall in the 1975 March 752 Formula 2

This year there was the 100 years milestone of Bentley Motors to celebrate. To mark the occasion over 20 lovely old Bentleys made up a mixed grid alongside other British classics. It is amazing to see the speed these cars get up to on such skinny tyres!!

Celebrating Bentley 100 at Silverstone Classic 2019
Celebrating Bentley 100 at Silverstone Classic 2019
2 racing bentleys at Silverstone Classic 2019
Just enough room to squeeze through…

A massive crowd pleaser, Sir Jackie Stewart, it’s lovely to see the warmth he is held in by the fans. Whenever he was in the paddock it was 6 deep all trying to get a photo!  Thankfully the old ORANGE vest comes in handy and I was able to capture a quiet moment as he got ready.

Sir Jackie Stewart preparing to drive
Sir Jackie Stewart puts his ear plugs in before demo drive

Almost 50 years to the day, Sir Jackie Stewart drove this Matra MS80-02 to victory in the 1969 British Grand Prix. A fantastic battle with the late Jochen Rindt, going down as one the greatest British GP races of all time. Sir Jackie was reunited with the car for a couple of quick laps in front of his admiring fans.

Sir Jackie Stewart mantra ms80
Reunited after 50 years, Sir Jackie Stewart in his British Grand Prix winning Matra MS80

My highlight this year was to finally get to do a couple of laps of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. A big thank you to James who let me jump in his Tesla during his demo laps. Absolutely incredible acceleration… but very strange all that speed but only the noise of the wind!!

in car image of silverstone classic 2019
Finally got to do a couple of laps around this famous circuit

As Billy Connoly says there’s no such thing as bad weather just wrong clothes! Rain may be miserable to sit in, it does however produce great photos. The rain had almost gone by time the Masters Historic Endurance Legends returned for their now traditional Saturday evening slot. Dry track means the drivers can push hard enough to bring out those glowing red brake discs.

univac march 782 formula 2 racing car
Martin Stretton in the 1978 March 782 BMW F2
LMP2 race car with glowing brakes
Dallara SP1 gets the discs glowing red hot…
LMP2 race car spits flames
…then lift off into a fire spitting dragon!!

It really is no surprise the action on and off the track has made the Silverstone Classic the massive success. The worlds largest Classic Car racing festival! Silverstone Classic really is a highlight of my photography season and I’m already looking forward to what 2020 has in store…. after all it’s their 30th Anniversary!!!

By Skelly

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