MOTORING: Green flag for Silverstone Classic celebrations

Silver Jubilee celebrations open with showcase at Autosport Show. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Silver Jubilee celebrations open with showcase at Autosport Show. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

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Two of the leading names in the global classic car world are joining forces to provide visitors with a very special showcase at this month’s Autosport International show at the NEC, Birmingham (January 8-11).

Kicking off its Silver Jubilee celebrations, the Silverstone Classic is teaming up with Classic & Sports Car magazine to create a huge display of iconic racing and road cars from previous eras.

The set-piece will put the spotlight on many of the grids that have established the Silverstone Classic as successful classic motor racing festival.

Mercedes’ striking 1990 ‘Silver Arrows’ C11 sports prototype will take pole position among the eight competition cars gathered to mark the Classic’s 25th anniversary.

Raced in period by, among others, Michael Schumacher, the brutal twin-turbo Group C machine has always been a crowd-pleaser at Silverstone and, appropriately, has been selected to symbolise the Silver Jubilee event.

Emphasising the diversity of historic motor sport competing on the hallowed British Grand Prix circuit at the Classic, the other track cars on show range from a revered Jaguar D-type from the Fifties to more recent cars such as the ex-James Thompson Honda Accord from the much-admired Super Touring generation.

Classic & Sports Car has put together an equally impressive collection of ‘wow’ factor road cars for those at the NEC to savour.

This mouth-watering gathering includes an Audi Sport quattro, Ferrari F40, Jaguar XJR15, Lancia Stratos Stradale and Porsche 959.

More details on the Autosport International Show, including ticket information, can be found here: www.autosportinternational.com