The Silverstone Classic Meeting on 28-30 July 2017 will pay special tribute to racing legend Bruce McLaren – one of the greatest names in motor sport history.
Although the New Zealander won Le Mans, two Can-Am titles and four Grands Prix before tragically losing his life aged just 32 in an accident when testing a sportscar at Goodwood in 1970, it is as a racing car constructor that he is best remembered – and where the McLaren name lives on.
The history books show that the team he founded has won no fewer than 20 F1 World Championships – 12 for drivers, eight for constructors – and 182 Grands Prix. McLaren cars have also won Le Mans and the Indy 500.
Today’s company is also a prolific maker of GT road cars and to mark what would have been Bruce McLaren’s 80th year, the McLaren Owners Group has organised what will be the largest-ever gathering of McLaren road cars in the same place at the same time.
The initial plan was to gather together 80 McLaren road cars, to include cars from the 1992 F1 via the P1 hypercar through to the latest 570GT, but the event has proved so popular that, to date, 117 cars have registered.
Leading the parade, which is scheduled for Sunday 30 July, will be another McLaren in a McLaren – Bruce’s daughter Amanda, his only child, who was just four years old when he lost his life. Today, Amanda is a McLaren Brand Ambassador.
Amanda said, “I am very excited to be attending the McLaren Owner Group’s national event at the Silverstone Classic, celebrating what would have been my father’s 80th year. His dream to build road cars began with his prototype M6GT and has now been realised by the cars McLaren Automotive is producing. I am looking forward to seeing so many of these cars in one place, knowing how proud my father would have been.”
More than 20 races and demos
The McLaren parade is just one aspect of the Silverstone Classic weekend. Track action will see more than 20 races and demonstrations with entries from more than 1,000 historic racing cars of all shapes and sizes including F1 cars of all eras, sports and GT cars from the 1950s and 1960s, Group C Le Mans racers, pre-war sports cars, touring cars and GP Bike Legends.
Other action includes air shows, classic car auctions, displays from over 120 car clubs, a vintage fun fair and a shopping village and much more.
The ‘rocking and racing’ weekend also includes live concerts with tribute acts including The Bootleg Beatles, Who’s Next and Are You Experienced? playing on Friday evening. Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame will be headlining on Saturday, alongwith The Dire Straits Experience.
Entry is by advance ticket only from www.silverstoneclassic.com