Top 10 cars of Silverstone Classic 2018
The tenth Silverstone Classic event delivered an impressive roster of historic cars. Here are some of the very best from 2018's edition
The 2018 instalment of Silverstone Classic marked 10 years since it all began. Crowds were treated to the sights and sounds of historic motorsport in action around the famous track over a gloriously sunny weekend. There was lots to see on and off track, making this selection of top 10 cars of Silverstone Classic a very difficult choice indeed!
Jaguar Lightweight E-type
We got up close and personal with this original Lightweight E-type while it was enjoying the shade in a pit garage, and what a thing to behold. Raced by John and Gary Pearson, this burnished specimen of perfection is arguably more handsome than the road car. Under the lightweight body is a 3.8-litre aluminium block that gives the car 300bhp.
A fire at the Jaguar factory during the '60s meant that just 12 of the planned 18 cars were produced, but in 2014 Jaguar decided to build the missing cars. Although identical to their period siblings, some events do not allow the 'new' (continuation) Lightweight E-types to race.
Porsche Carrera GTS (904)
Another gem seeking refuge from the heat was this Porsche Carrera GTS. The GTS was conceived to complete in the FIA-GT series, but Group 3 rules stipulated that at least 100 road-legal cars had to be produced for homologation.
Powered by a 198bhp flat-four engine, the Porsche Carrera GTS punched well above its weight. Factory cars won multiple titles as did examples run by privateers in circuit racing and rally stages.
Ferrari F40 x3
Ferrari F40s are like buses, not only are most of them red, but you don’t see one for a while before a cluster turn up all at once. Thanks to the UK Ferrari Owners club three of the iconic '80s supercar gathered at Silverstone.
This 3.0-litre V8 machine never fails to impress with its Batmobile-esque styling and raucous soundtrack. 1311 F40s were built at the Maranello factory in Italy, each today worth around £1 million.
Volvo S40 Touring Car
BTCC was full of tough competition during the late 1990s with eight factory-backed teams battling it out for the championship title. One such car was the Volvo S40 and to witness it driven in anger once again at Silverstone Classic by Rickard Rydell was very special. Richard used that very S40 to win the championship in 1998 and seeing it race against its contemporaries once again was peek nostalgia.
Rydell qualified fastest but the Volvo driver couldn’t match James Dodd in his Honda Accord.
Taking pride of place in the supercar paddock was this immaculate BMW M1. This style and performance icon drew a crowd regardless of the other supercar company it was keeping on that day.
Built between 1978 and 1981 to homologate the racing car, the M1 was famously the responsibility of Lamborghini until conflicts of interest arose. At that point BMW took the project in-house and completed it itself.
Ford Lotus Cortina
Another great sight was the impressive grid of Lotus Cortinas racing in the Under 2-litre Touring Car category — 14 in total. Robb Huff and Andy Wolfe won the race but under extreme pressure from an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint.
In the early '60s Ford asked Lotus to create a car based on the Cortina for Group 2 homologation, and so the 105bhp Ford Lotus Cortina was born.
Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS
Porsche have produced plenty of noteworthy cars in its 70 years, but the Carrera 2.7 RS is still one of the most famous. Built to homologate the Group 4 racer, all 500 were sold within a week of its unveiling in 1972. It was the very first Porsche RS model, the spark that started the lightweight 911 fire that rages on today.
Its 2.7-litre engine produced 210bhp when new and thanks to weighing under 1000kg, it could dart to 60mph in less than six seconds. This example was found amongst Porsche Club GB cars of which there were many other eye-catching models.
The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre ’56 Sports Cars was won by Gary Pearson in a Jaguar D-type. Jaguar D-types won Le Mans three years in a row (1955, ’56, ’57) with it totally dominating the 1957 event finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th.
To see, hear, and even smell this thoroughbred in action was a real highlight.
Ferrari F40 LM
At the risk of Ferrari F40 overload, this LM car just had to make our list. The road cars are special, but this racer is an all-out assault on the senses. It breathed fire and deafened everything within a two mile radius — a piece of automotive theatre.
Just 19 of these cars were built with many of them succeeding in the hands of privateers in various GT championships.
Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI
It wasn't the rarest or the fastest car at Silverstone Classics, but it was driven with real gusto! This Mk1 GTI was piloted by Mark Wilson and while the car suffered a DNF, seeing it grabbed by the scruff of the neck during qualifying was a great spectacle.
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