Bumper Grid for the
Tony Dron Memorial Trophy Race
Just One Of the Highlights of the
Classic at Silverstone
The Classic will thunder into Silverstone in just over a fortnight and excitement is building for the four Motor Racing Legends that will feature over the weekend.
Our activities kick off with a special celebration for a great friend of Motor Racing Legends, the Tony Dron Memorial Trophy Race for Historic Touring Cars has attracted a bumper grid.
Jim Morris’s Volkswagen Scirroco has the blisteringly-fast, Mat Jackson at the wheel and will be one of the front-runners with John Spiers and James Slaughter harrying him in their Ford Capris. The Group A battle focuses on the age-old BMW M3 versus Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 show-down.
The Pre ’66 Under 2 Litre Touring Cars of U2TC are out in force – Andrew and Max Banks will head the chase-down in their Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA with a battalion of Ford Lotus Cortina’s and Mini Coopers in hot pursuit. Grid-slots for this race are in high-demand, there are only a small handful of places left for this memorable race.
The Tony Dron Memorial Trophy is the first race of the MRL weekend, getting underway at 10.20am on Saturday.
Following on closely on is the ‘BRDC 500’ for Pre-War Sports Cars. The grid features a fantastic line-up of Aston Martins, including Jonathon Lupton and co-driver, Aston Martin GT supremo, Darren Turner. Darren’s career as a racing driver is extensive with no fewer than three Le Mans victories under his belt, he has been enjoying a season of something completely different this season in the 1930 Team Car. The Bentley-boys are putting up an impressive showing, in particular Hugh Apthorp’s famous ex-Forrest Lycett 3 4 1/2.
Upfront there will be a hammer-and-tongue battle between the RAF Blue Alta of Gareth Burnett and Fred Wakeman’s Frazer Nash Super Sports, Fred will be keen to secure the BRDC 500 trophy, this being the centenary year of the Frazer Nash marque.
For Sunday’s Royal Automobile Club Historic Tourist Trophy for Pre ’63 GT cars, competitors are also gunning for a new Team Award, supported by Historic Motor Racing News. Teams are made up of three cars – each from a different class. A thrilling battle is on the cards between the Jaguar E-types of Gary Pearson and Alex Brundle, James Cottingham and Harvey Stanley and father and son Mike and Matt Wrigley – who won at Le Mans Classic earlier this season. Gary Pearson also appears in Carlos Monteverde’s glorious Ferrari 250 GTO. The opportunity to have ones names immortalised in the trophy cabinet of the Royal Automobile Club is motivation enough for all of the drivers to be giving it their all. Open to Pre ’63 GT cars, there are still places left on this grid which openly welcomes smaller capacity cars such as Lotus Elite, Alfa Romeo and Triumph TR4.
Also on Sunday, the extravaganza for 1950s Sports Cars the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy is now at virtual capacity.
A stunning grid of sixty sports and sport racing cars line up for an two-driver thriller and this year’s bumper grid will be a hotly-contested battle between Chris Ward’s Lister Knobbly and James Cottingham’s Ecurie Ecosse Tojeiro Jaguar for Stirling Moss Trophy honours. Gary Pearson might have other ideas however in his Lister Knobbly that he shares with GT supremo, Alex Brundle. Fred Wakeman’s ex-Tommy Sopwith Cooper T38 is always in the fight for the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy but a prowl of Jaguars will be snapping at his heels, the Rudolf Friedrichs and George Pochciol C-types and Eastick/Jones D-type in particular.
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