Mustangs to turn out in record numbers for Silverstone Classic

(February 22, 2014) LONDON — The legendary Ford Mustang turns 50 this year, a milestone that’s being celebrated in style at this summer’s award-winning Silverstone Classic July 25-27.

Historic racing’s biggest and busiest event has been chosen by the Mustang Owners Club for its official golden anniversary homage to the most celebrated of all American muscle cars and a host of displays,  parades and demonstrations are planned.

The festivities, though, are topped by a pair of very special showdowns staged on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit which will be two of the major highlights on the busy weekend’s action-packed racing schedule. These will feature a record number of competition-prepared Mustangs with cars coming from all round the globe to join the celebrations.

To ensure a massive turn-out, grids will include Mustangs conforming to the FIA’s Appendix K technical regulations — as regularly raced throughout Europe in the popular Pre-1966 Touring Cars series run by Masters Historic Racing – as well as a one-off ‘invitation class’ for slightly more modified machines.

“We are hoping to attract around 25 racing Mustangs and that certainly will be biggest gathering ever assembled on one grid,” said Rachel Bailey, events manager at Masters Historic Racing, which is administering entries.

“News about the Mustang’s 50th birthday bash at Silverstone is stirring up interest worldwide. We already have cars being shipped from the States and are also expecting several other significant entries from overseas. To see so many amazing Mustangs in action is going to be a really fitting tribute to such an iconic car.”

While the multitude of merry Mustangs will top the bill, the massive fields packed with more than 50 starters will also include other notable "Yank Tanks" from the same golden era of sedan car racing such as Ford Falcons and Ford Galaxies. While Silverstone’s long straights will suit the phalanxes of thundering V8 American muscle cars, the transatlantic invaders will be given a tough time by crowd-pleasing Lotus Cortinas, BMW TiSas and three-wheeling Mini Coopers on the circuit’s newer, twistier sections.

Tickets for this summer’s edition of the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival are already selling fast with fans taking advantage of considerable "early-bird" savings. Full details can be found on the official website.

The Silverstone Classic is an annual three-day car and race event at the UK's Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. Over a long weekend every July, the event features a large number of historic cars in races and static displays and draws together a large number of car clubs. It is billed as "The World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival." Founded in 1990, the Silverstone Classic was one of the first of motor sport meetings dedicated entirely to historic racing cars and enjoyed considerable success and popularity during the following years.