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VSCC set for Formula Vintage Race Season launch at Silverstone

VSCC set for Formula Vintage Race Season launch at SilverstoneVintage Sports-Car Club set for Formula Vintage Race Season launch at Silverstone

The Vintage Sports-Car Club are set to celebrate the launch of its new Formula Vintage Race Season with over 300 Vintage and Historic Racing and Sports-Cars scheduled to take part in the opening round at Silverstone over the weekend of 22/23 April.

Returning to a two-day format, this year’s edition of the long-established ‘Spring Start’ season opener promises to be a spectacular weekend of Historic racing action, with capacity grids across the majority of the weekend’s packed 18-Race programme at the home of the British Grand Prix.

AC, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Cooper, ERA, Ferrari, Frazer Nash, Invicta, Jaguar, Lister, Lotus, Maserati, MG, Morgan, Riley and Talbot are just some of the famous badges that will be on show alongside representatives from some of the world’s most celebrated Historic race series, promising a truly special celebration of a golden era of motorsport.

Boasting an unprecedented 80 year history of racing, the VSCC’s new Formula Vintage brand looks to bring its unique line-up of Pre-war and Historic racing to a wider audience of motorsport enthusiasts, with the Club’s own prestigious Trophy races headlining at each round, starting with the ever-popular annual visit to the Northamptonshire venue.

Saturday will see the GP Itala Trophy collection take centre stage, featuring a number of the Club’s most prominent silverware, including the collection’s namesake GP Itala Trophy Race for Pre-1931 Vintage Racing Cars, a part of the VSCC’s first meeting at Silverstone in 1949. This will again feature a special Bentley class for the Stanley Mann Cup, following a poignant inaugural running following the admired Bentley enthusiast’s passing last year. Once again, the Club are honoured to welcome HRH Prince Michael of Kent, a close friend of Stanley to present the trophy.

The Amschel Rothschild and Patrick Lindsay Memorial Trophies Race for Pre-1961 Racing Cars will again bring together the pinnacle of Grand Prix and Voiturette racing machinery of the immediate Pre- and Post-war eras, whilst the Fox & Nicholl and Silverstone Trophy Races accommodate both original and more modified road-going Pre-war Sports-Cars.

As ever, Pre-war fans will also enjoy the most eclectic full grids competing in the ever-popular All-Comers Pre-war Short Scratch and Handicap formats, whilst we also look forward to some of the Club’s other traditional events over the weekend, including a Race for 1950s Sports Racing Cars, the High Speed Trial for those new to Circuit Racing, as well as the celebrated Mike Stripe Team Relay Race for Pre-war Sports-Cars.

To complement the weekend’s ‘Vintage’ content, we also look forward to hosting races for other celebrated Historic race series, including the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA) Pre-1966 Grand Prix Cars, The Fifties Sports Cars (FISCAR) Tom Cole Trophy, the Historic Racing Drivers Club (HRDC) new ‘Coombs Heritage Challenge’ for Pre-1966 Jaguar Saloon Cars, the 500 Owners Association F3 (500) Racing Cars and the Morgan Challenge Series.

Aside from the exciting action on track, Formula Vintage will again offer the Spectator all that is great about attending a VSCC Race Meeting, with open access to the Paddock, where you can get up-close to the cars and drivers, a mouth-watering display of cars from our Principal Associates Bonhams, onsite catering facilities, a busy Trade Village and much more ‘Vintage’ entertainment for the whole family, including Fun Fair, Massage Trailer, Mini Train Rides, Steam Engine and Tractor displays, Car Clubs and Army interactive zone with real-life military vehicles.

Taking everyone back in time, Perfect Vintage will be performing songs from the 1940’s and giving everyone the opportunity to learn how to jive throughout Saturday, whilst Sunday will see the Candy Girls performing Vintage harmonies from yesteryear.

And for those who want to test their own driving skills, Silverstone Circuit will also have a range of modern supercars including Aston Martin V8s and Ferrari V8 F430 Coupes to drive on the International Circuit (advance booking required via Silverstone website).

Alongside our Principal Associates, Bonhams and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, we also welcome Tom Hardman Limited and Louis Latour Wine Agencies, who will be supporting our Live Timing Services/Drivers’ Club and podium presentations respectively throughout the 2017 Formula Vintage Race Season.

Yet another attraction will be a VSCC AutoSolo at Silverstone taking place in the Outer Paddock on Saturday. The simple ‘Driving Tests’ competition for Pre-war cars will provide plenty of entertainment during the morning’s Practice Sessions, finishing ahead of the afternoon’s Racing action.

Advance tickets are available now directly from Silverstone with discount codes available for Club Members (all Children Under 16 go free). Gates will open at 8.00am, with Practice getting underway at 9.00am each day, and Racing commencing after the Lunch Break at 1.00pm on Saturday and from 10.00am on Sunday.

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