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Silverstone Classic 2015 – Report and Photos

The Silverstone Classic 2015 was held 24-26 July at the historic 3.6-mile Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in Northamptonshire, England. The three-day Festival welcomed its first-ever 100,000 strong crowd in 2015, in celebration of the 25th running of the “World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival” that featured a field of more than 1,000 classic race cars covering the full spectrum of motorsport greats.

“All in all it has been another fantastic weekend,” said Event Director Nick Wigley. “On the Silverstone Classic’s 25th birthday there was entertainment right the way from first lights-out to the final chequered flag, while a staggering 120 car clubs all joined in the fun. Come rain and shine the racing was superb, and enjoyed by a record-breaking crowd – the first time ever that we have passed through the 100,000 barrier – and we completed the full programme safely. For that, I must say a big ‘thank you’ to our brilliant marshals, who dealt with everything the British summer could throw at the circuit with stoicism and a smile. We’re already counting down the days to next year’s Classic!”

Silverstone is synonymous with Formula One, even hosting the very first round of the Formula 1 World Championship. So it’s no surprise that so much of this F1 history played a central role at the 2015 Silverstone Classic. This year’s line-up was the most comprehensive yet, ranging from 1938 Maserati 6CM to a Super Aguri as raced by Takuma Sato as recently as 2006.

A grid of more than 50 cars lined up for the Maserati Trophy for HGPCA Pre-1966 Grand Prix Cars on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. While Cooper-Bristols, Aston Martin DBR4s and Maserati 250Fs represented the front-engined era, a large number of Coopers, Lotuses and Brabhams epitomised the dawn of the rear-engined era that followed in the early sixties.

The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship put the spotlight on the 3-litre epoch dominated by Ford DFV powered machines created by British-based teams such as Arrows, March, McLaren, Shadow, Tyrrell and Williams. A record field of close to 40 cars included a pair of recently resorted LECs as raced in period by David Purely. Another entry was the 1981 Williams FW07C with former F1 driver Paulo Barilla at the wheel.

Bringing the F1 story almost up to date was the new high-speed demonstration for the sights and sounds of the Legends of Formula One. This featured more recent F1 cars from V8, V10, V12 and turbocharged generations as raced between 1990 and 2006 by champions such as Damon Hill, Nelson Piquet, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Jacques Villeneuve.

More than 50 years of GT and sports car racing history also rolled back the years during the Silverstone Classic 2015. The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre-1956 Sports Cars saw Jaguar D-types and Aston Martin DB3Ss to the fore. The Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre-1961 Sportscars featured at least seven Lister Jaguars, the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars featured Pre-1963 GTs such as Aston Martin DB4 GTs and early E-types, the International Trophy for Classic GT Cars was for Pre-1966 GTs such as the AC Cobra, TVR Griffith and latter day E-types and the FIA Masters Historic Sportscars was filled with Lola T70s, Chevron B16s and Ford GT40s.

The two races for Group C prototypes – notably at sunset on Saturday evening, were among the highlights; this year’s field included the Silk Cut Jaguar, Sauber-Mercedes C11 and Porsche 962 as well as several new additions including the Aston Martin-powered EMKA and Royal Mail-liveried Ecurie Ecosse. Completing the bill were the high-speed demonstrations for the ’90s GT Legends that included Jaguar XJ220s, McLaren F1s, Porsche 911 GT1s and the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR.

We split up pictures from the Silverstone Classic 2015 into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can by found on the last page of the gallery and gives a comprehensive view of all photographs.

Silverstone Classic 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery

Frank Lyons' McLaren M26
Frank Lyons’ McLaren M26
AC Cobra piloted by M. Gans/A. Wolfe
AC Cobra piloted by M. Gans/A. Wolfe
Driver change in the Ford GT40
Driver change in the Ford GT40
Ben Eastick's Jaguar D-Type
Ben Eastick’s Jaguar D-Type

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Gregor Fisken pilots the Ferrari 246S
Gregor Fisken pilots the Ferrari 246S
Marino Franchitti and Dario Franchitti share a moment at Silverstone Classic 2015
Marino Franchitti and Dario Franchitti share a moment at Silverstone Classic 2015
Brabham BT49C
Brabham BT49C
Simon Diffey Maserati 250F
Simon Diffey’s Maserati 250F

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  1. Variety is the spice of … racing photos! THAT’S the way to cover racing with a camera, not just pictures of cars on corners, but varied shots, each a different look. Gaggles of cars, night shots, rain shots, people shots, closeups, rear shots – terrific photo experience for me. Viewing the photos made me feel as if I was there.

  2. Ron’s “Variety is the Spice” says it all – a superb portfolio of photographs. If you really pushed me for a favourite then Page 10 Ben Eastick’s Jaguar D-Type is quite sublime. Great work and thanks for sharing with us.

  3. some really brilliant photography, especially give the rather inclement conditions.
    shame there are no credits…