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– Spectacular dusk race for classic GT racing cars
– AC Cobras v E-types v Porsche 911s
– Glittering full 58-car grid selected from oversubscribed entry

The dazzling new Piper Heidsieck International Trophy for Classic GT Cars in association with Chopard race at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July) has attracted an exceptional entry featuring many of the world’s finest pre-1966 GT cars.

More than 80 entries were received for the special one-hour, two-driver showdown that will be staged at dusk on Saturday evening with a selection committee inviting a capacity grid of 58 starters (plus six reserves) on grounds of authenticity, competitiveness and variety.

Two of the esteemed era’s most iconic creations – the AC Cobra and E-type Jaguar – are most prolific on the impressive entry list and both are expected to be right in the thick of the spectacular action.

Appropriately Aston Martin and Porsche are well represented, too, as both revered marques are celebrating major milestones in their respective histories at this year’s Silverstone Classic. Three different DB4-based competition models will be upholding Aston Martin honour in its centenary year: DB4 GT, DB4 Zagato and the DP214 ‘Project Car’.

The Porsche 911 is marking its golden anniversary with a massive parade on Sunday and no fewer than four 911s will be lining up on Saturday evening’s grid including the official ‘Project 50’ prepared by Porsche Cars GB for 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood to race.

The outstanding grid also includes a host of famous Le Mans front-runners from the early sixties such as the Porsche 904, Ferrari 275LM and Cobra Daytona Coupe. Moreover, as it was at Le Mans in the period, many of the smaller British manufacturers are out in force with race-prepared Austin Healeys, Lotus Elans, MGBs, Morgans, Ginettas, TVRs, Triumph TRs and Sunbeam Tigers all adding to what’s going to be a sensationally atmospheric showdown as the sun sets on Saturday evening.

“We’re thrilled not only with the hugely oversubscribed entry, which once again underlines the terrific appeal of the Silverstone Classic, but also with the fantastic quality of these cars. We really were spoilt for choice when it came to making the final selection and it’s clear we’re in for a wonderfully fast and super-competitive race,” predicted event director Nick Wigley who himself will be joining the grid behind the wheel of a rare Milano GT in the event. “It’s going to be massive treat for the fans to savour so many glorious GTs in high-speed action on the full Silverstone GP track. What’s more they can expect some fierce battles up front, not least as the winners will go home with an impressive silver trophy, an elegant Chopard wristwatch plus a dozen bottles of Piper Heidsieck champagne.”

The prominent Piper Heidsieck International Trophy for Classic GT Cars is just one of the many highlights on a massive 24-race programme – starring more than 1000 entries – which showcases the full spectrum of motor sport history from F1 to Le Mans at what’s the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. To find out more, visit the official website.

In keeping with the popular event’s widely acclaimed ‘access all areas’ policy, all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) include free entrance to both National and Wing racing paddocks and pit complexes, trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings plus a host of other entertainment for all ages and interests. Adult admittance is from just £35 (plus fees) and considerable savings are on offer for those festival goers spending the full weekend at Silverstone. Full details can be found on the official website.

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