Bentley centenary leads 2019 Silverstone Classic

by Graham Keilloh on 3rd January 2019

Abarth, Mini and others join Bentley in marking anniversaries at the 2019 Classic

Bentleys on display at Silverstone Classic

The Silverstone Classic has not only established itself as the world’s biggest classic motor sport festival but also as the event that marks an array of important motoring anniversaries.

And this year’s will be no exception, with the anniversaries led by marking 100 years since the Bentley brand was founded.

The prestigious luxury brand was founded in 1919 by the legendary W.O. Bentley and the Bentley Drivers Club will therefore be out in force at Silverstone this July.

In addition Abarth this year marks 70 years of its distinguished road and racing pedigree and this will be marked at the Classic by the Abarth Owners Club.

Marcos and Mini clubs will mark 60 years of their iconic cars while both the Ford Capri and Triumph TR6 – two endearing 1960s' sportscars with strong followings – will celebrate golden jubilees.


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The BMW Z1 and Mazda MX-5 turn 30 this year as well, both evocative two-seater models much-loved by enthusiasts, and which appear routinely at the Classic.​

In recent years several of the Classic’s parades have also smashed world records for the number of cars gathered, and this has included gatherings of E-type Jaguars, Ferrari F40s, Porsche 911s, Ford Mustangs, Jaguar XJ220 supercars and McLarens.

“Whether it’s on or off the track, the Classic is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of motoring history, with more than 10,000 magical cars from yesteryear on show over three jam-packed days,” said Silverstone Classic CEO Nick Wigley.

“But while the unrivalled numbers are impressive, it’s the special automotive anniversaries that always add extra sparkle each year… and in 2019 we have some real jewels to celebrate. The cars are the stars at the Classic!”

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