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Anniversary celebrations set for Silverstone Classic


Some of the cars scheduled to participate in the 50th anniversary parade | HSCC photos
Some of the cars scheduled to participate in the 50th anniversary parade | HSCC photos

Britain’s Historic Sports Car Club celebrates its 50th anniversary with a 50-car parade July 31, the final day of the Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend. To demonstrate the breadth of the club’s offerings, plans call for at least three cars in the parade to represent each of the HSCC’s 16 championships and series.

Thus the parade will include single-seater formula cars, sports and GTs, touring cars and even entry-level vehicles from the historic and ’70s road sports and classic clubman groups.

“It seemed appropriate to mark 50 years of the HSCC with 50 cars in a parade at the world’s biggest classic and historic racing festival,” the club’s chief executive, Grahame White, said in a news release.

“This is a very special golden anniversary year for the HSCC and we are truly delighted that the club has chosen the Classic for this very special parade,” added Nick Wigley, chief executive of Goose Live Events, organizer of the Silverstone Classic.

Historic Sports Car Club celebrates 50th anniversary this summer
Historic Sports Car Club celebrates 50th anniversary this summer

“The HSCC has contributed massively to the Classic’s success by overseeing what’s become an unrivaled program of virtually non-stop dawn-to-dusk racing action over three very long, action-packed days.

“Due to the extraordinary scale of the meeting, it’s a function which means working from both pits complexes and one which, despite the complexities, the HSCC always performs with huge professionalism and proficiency.

“This wonderful 50-car parade not only celebrates the club’s 50th anniversary but also the major role the club plays today right at the heart of British motor sport.”

The HSCC is not the only group celebrating an anniversary at the Silverstone Classic. Special events are planned in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Jaguar XK8; the 40th anniversary of the Lotus Esprit,;50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, Triumph GT6 and Vitesse 2-liter; 70th of Allard and 80th of the Morgan 4/4, a car that is still in production, making it the longest single-model production run in automotive history.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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