BRENTWOOD, England – Silverstone, the home of Formula One in the UK, will pay special homage to Formula Ford this summer when the circuit hosts two races for cars dating back to the 1960s.
The 2013 Silverstone Classic (26-28 July) will see up to 40 Formula Ford cars from the past do battle on the famous racing circuit.
First introduced in 1967, Formula Ford quickly became the first stepping-stone in the early careers of many prospective Formula One drivers. Many would go on to be World Champions from modern day heroes such as Jenson Button, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher to legends from the past including Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell and the late Ayrton Senna.
Over the past 46 years Silverstone has witnessed hundreds of spectacular Formula Ford showdowns. And this summer the Silverstone Classic will recreate some of those memorable battles when, for the very first time, two grids for historic Formula Fords will be among the many highlights at the classic motor racing festival.
“Formula Ford has played such a major role in both global motor sport history and the careers of just about every young racing driver that it’s an obvious addition to what’s already an amazing line-up of races at the Silverstone Classic spanning the full motor sport spectrum,” said Nick Wigley, Event Director. “What’s more it’s going to be another real crowd-pleaser with lots of incredible wheel-to-wheel action – something for which Formula Ford racing has always been renowned.”