Some of the most evocative cars from Formula 3‘s most glorious era will make their Silverstone Classic debut at the 2014 event.
The two new races will celebrate Classic Formula 3 from the seventies and early eighties, a time when F3 was the global proving ground for future world champions, including Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Alan Jones and Alain Prost.
Many of the cars from that era, including machinery piloted by the eventual world champions, will line up at Silverstone for what is expected to be another record-breaking race at one of the best historic racing events of the year.
“Whether it was Nelson Piquet dueling with Derek Warwick or Ayrton Senna battling with Martin Brundle, that age of Formula 3 is fondly remembered by lots of motor sport enthusiasts,” said Event Director, Nick Wigley. “Many of those well-loved cars are back competing today and we are working closely with the Historic Sports Car Club to put together a field that will not only be the biggest F3 grid ever assembled but also be full of iconic cars, many still competing in their famous period liveries.”
The two races, one on Saturday 26 July and one on Sunday 27 July, will run to the HSCC’s Classic Formula 3 Championship regulations for cars originally built and raced between 1971 and 1984. The time period in question features two notable F3 eras, the earlier 1600cc twin-cam cars and the 2-litre chassis that were introduced in 1974.
The HSCC’s own UK-based series has recently enjoyed growing numbers, and the club is working closely with the French F3Classic series to ensure a bumper grid at the 2014 Silverstone Classic.