Following the opening 12 races on Super Saturday – as well as a second night of ‘rocking’ at the Classic’s renowned live music festival, which this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock – there was yet another packed day of entertainment waiting on Sunday.
As one of the major highlight’s at this year’s record-breaking Silverstone Classic, racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart returned to the home of British motorsport to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first British Grand Prix victory which came at the superfast Northamptonshire circuit back in July 1969.
As on Saturday, three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart demonstrated his incredible title-winning Matra MS80-02, 50 years after winning his first British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1969 en route to the first of his three world championship titles.
Marking the golden anniversary of that magical milestone – a win that propelled the Flying Scot towards the first of his three world championship titles – Stewart was back behind the wheel of his race-winning blue Matra MS80-02 for some evocative laps on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Classic.
Quite apart from its significance to Stewart, the 1969 British Grand Prix is regarded by many as one of the greatest F1 races of all times. It is remembered for a truly epic battle between Stewart and the hard-charging Jochen Rindt in his red, white and gold Lotus 49.
The two fastest men of their generation traded places continually with the lead changing many times until, on one such occasion, Stewart spotted that a part of the Lotus’ rear wing was coming loose and, dangerously, starting to rub against a rear tyre.
Record numbers of car clubs also attended this year’s event, providing visitors with more than 10,000 privately-owned classic cars to admire.
The two-day Silverstone Auctions sale saw huge numbers of competition and classic road cars coming under the hammer, while Car Clinics – hosted by TV’s Mike Brewer – supplied a unique insight into classic car ownership.
“The race programme was the most varied yet and the Mini races in particular will live long in the memory. In truth, the entire race programme has been extraordinary both in terms of great cars and exceptional driving skills,“ said Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO.
“As ever, the racing is just part of the huge extravaganza that is today’s Silverstone Classic. This year’s event attracted an unprecedented crowd and we would like to thank everybody for coming, as well as all of the drivers, marshals, exhibitors, entertainers, performers and everyone else who made the event such a huge success.”