In the year of its 50th anniversary the Jaguar E-Type has been named as the UK's favourite sportscar in an online vote of race fans and classic car enthusiasts.

“Britain is famous for its sportscars but until now no one has ever been able to say which one is the best. That's a long-running debate we have now put to rest,” said Silverstone Classic Event Director, Nick Wigley.

The iconic Jaguar collected nearly a quarter of the votes cast, easily beating the similarly iconic Morgan and the TVR Griffith into second and third.

The vote was set-up by organisers of Silverstone Classic (July 22-24), the world's largest classic motorsport festival that this year features a celebration of the iconic E-Type.

The highlight of the celebration will be two headline races during the weekend, both with 58 cars expected to take to the Silverstone Grand Prix track from the new brand new Silverstone Wing paddock. Organisers also hope to set a world record with over 1,000 road going examples making up a cavalcade around the 3.66 mile circuit.

The 2011 Silverstone Classic is set to be the biggest event yet with over 100 historic F1 cars expected for the weekend, as well as a grid of Group C sportscars that will race into the dusk on Saturday night. The program also includes a celebrity race, using identical Morgan cars, with drivers including TV chef Heston Blumenthal and Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Brendan Cole raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

As well as the on track action aerial display teams and live bands provide entertainment of a different sort, with Suzi Quatro, 10cc and Wishbone Ash earning the 2011 its strapline – Rocking And Racing.

For more information, including how to book tickets at special advance prices visit www.silverstoneclassic.com