Silverstone Classic 2016 - Media Day
Hello sports fans,
This week, I attended the Media Day for the 2016 Silverstone Classic for Virtual Motorpix Picture Agency. It was founded in 1990 and is the U.K's first historic motor racing festival and is the 'World's Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival' and the largest race meeting ever staged anywhere on Earth. I will be capturing images over three full days for editorial use by Virtual Motorpix Picture Agency. The event is expected to attract over 100,000 people as well as 120 car clubs showing over 10,000's of classic cars.
On the media Day one of the undoubted attractions was the addition of Freddie Hunt as he celebrates his fathers Formula 1 World Championship crown. He drove the 1976 title-winning McLaren-Ford M23 and interviewed by the legendary commentator Murray Walker. Other famous people included Nic Hamilton - brother of World Champion Lewis and former England international footballer Luther Blissett who is an ambassador of the event Charity Partner Prostate Cancer UK.
In addition to the ever-popular Group C race, FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Legends of Modern Formula One and Stirling Moss Trophy there is the new Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge which will stage its season finale at the Classic as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. Extending the Classic from four wheeled machines, this year there will be the inclusion of two-wheeled and three wheeled bikes with the World GP Bike Legends and Sidecar salute with the 1987 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardener and ten time FIM Sidecar World Champion Steve Webster.
The event is not only about racing but also 'Rocking' and on Friday night the event has attracted The Boomtown Rats and Sir Elton John and on Saturday evening The Stranger's take centre stage. In a special tribute to commemorate England's victory over Germany in the 1966 Football World Cup, a car football match will be held on Saturday 30th July.
A full blog post will follow up after the Classic with highlights of the racing and event celebrations.
Here is one of my favourite cars on show from the April Media Day to wet the appetite - a Porsche 918.
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