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Silverstone Classic 2010 - Jo Hind

Phil Morton, his son Jack and I went down to the Silverstone classic over the weekend of 23rd – 25th July 2010 with the recently finished Fiat X/19 Prototipo in transit.

Billed as one of the largest classic racing events in the world, with the objective of being definitively the World’s Biggest Classic Racing Festival, we weren’t sure what to expect, but it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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We left around 8am on the Friday morning (late in typical Morton style, after me arriving at the garage at 6am as agreed to find everyone still asleep!) after an amusing 230 mile journey down we arrived at Silverstone around lunchtime, having enjoyed watching people taking photos and looking on in amazement at the car on the trailer on the M1

After much driving round and trying to find out where we needed to be (and a slight run in with a security guard!) we managed to find the ‘slowly sideways’ club stand where the Fiat needed to be

After the car was dropped off we set about finding the campsite and erecting our ‘home’ for the weekend, (which was interesting to say the least) - then we were free to enjoy the fun. We didn’t know where to start!

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Apart from the club’s Auto solo event in June this was the car's first outing and after the disappointment of it not quite being finished in time for the Jim Clark National rally in May, it was great to see it getting so much attention.

A rally stage was set up for the cars on the Wellington straight and the cars used this twice each day of the show providing truly excellent viewing!

 

There were many other lovely cars on the slowly sideways group stand, including a Nissan 240RS which I was lucky enough to get a ride round the stage in.

A personal favourite part of the weekend for me was to finally get out in the car and I have to say I was very impressed - it looked and sounded amazing and the comments and attention it got made it well worth all the hard work that Phil and the lads put into getting it finished.

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There was live music on both the Friday and Saturday nights including performances by Dr Feelgood and The Yardbirds and Rick Parfitt Jr .

There was also a fairground where we thoroughly enjoyed revisiting our childhoods on the dodgems and Phil spent an hour looking a bit green after out ride on the ‘booster’ :-)

The show was absolutely huge, it was very difficult to get round everything, even in three days. There was everything you can imagine on show there from Lamborghinis to a Porsche engined tractor!!

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The highlight of the weekend included Sir Stirling Moss taking to the circuit, there were examples of the best quality racers available in each of the decades from the pre-war era through to the 90s which covered GP, Le Mans, Sports and Touring cars and more. There were lots of car clubs, celebrity races, aerial displays, classic racing bikes…… too much to name…..and for us a stale bread bun fight finished the weekend perfectly!

All in all a fantastic weekend was had by all, this is definitely a show I will visit again.

Jo Hind

 
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