Some major changes have been made to the content of the Silverstone Classic ahead of the July 24-26 event. The proposed Edwardian race has been shelved and replaced by a race for Jaguars, while the Super Touring race has been opened up to racing saloon cars of the 1970s and ’80s.
Sixty years ago the Daily Express sponsored the inaugural production car race at the new Silverstone Circuit, which was won by a Jaguar XK120. This year, the race will be the Daily Express Trophy for pre-60 Production Jaguars.
Initially planned for super touring cars of the 1990s, the David Leslie Trophy will now take cars of the 1970s and ’80s to give the rather incongruous sight of Cologne Capris and Batmobile BMWs racing with Vauxhall Vectras and Ford Mondeos.
The event, which is aiming for carbon-neutral status, will no longer feature the Pussycat Dolls concert after contractual problems.