Race Retro celebrates 70 years of F1 with ‘The Greatest Grid’

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Seven Formula 1 cars from the sport’s past will be present at Race Retro 2020

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Alan Jones in the Williams FW07B

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Formula 1 cars dating back to the 1960s will be a part of the Race Retro celebration of 70 years of the F1 championship.

Seven cars from F1 past will feature as part of the anniversary event, with the BRM P48 from 1960 the oldest car appearing at Race Retro.

Also there during the three-day event is the Lotus 24, driven by Jack Brabham in 1962, the BRM P48#2 driven by Graham Hill at the International ‘100’ at Aintree and the 2004 BAR 006 – which will be the most recent modern car set to feature.

Spanning decades of Formula 1 history, Race Retro’s ‘Greatest Grid’ is designed to recognise stand-out cars, designers and drivers.

Famous faces from throughout the sport’s history will also be making guest appearances over the weekend, including ex-Arrows and Lotus driver Martin Donnelley, technical director of BRM, Shadow and Arrows Tony Southgate, former BAR team principal David Richards and former McLaren number one mechanic, Marc Priestley.

Cars from the 70s, 80s and 90s will also feature, with efforts from Shadow, Williams and Ferrari all part of the celebrations.

The Shadow DN1 from the team’s first season in Formula 1 in 1973 will be exhibited.

Williams’ first championship-winning car, the FW07B, will be on show. Alan Jones took the car to the 1980 drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

Designed by Sir Patrick Head, Frank Dernie and Neil Oatley, it is regarded as one of the first F1 cars to utilise ‘ground effect’.

The 1996/97 Ferrari F310, driven by Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine is also part of the line-up. The F310 was driven to eight wins, 22 podiums and seven pole positions.

Also representing F1 from the 90s is a 1994 Jordan 194/05. Originally driven by Rubens Barrichello, the car has been repainted yellow and is still currently raced. It was also taken the 1999 and 2001 European Formula Boss championship.

Race Retro will take place from February 21-23 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with tickets still available to purchase from their website.

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