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– Another record beckons with the world’s biggest Formula 3 grid
– Cars raced by legends: Senna, Prost, Piquet, Warwick, Mansell…

For the very first time the unrivalled line-up of epic races at next summer’s Silverstone Classic (25-27 July) will include two spectacular showdowns dedicated to evocative cars from F3’s most glorious era.

Back in the Seventies and early Eighties, Formula 3 was the global proving ground of future world champions – it was where legends such as Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Alan Jones and Alain Prost all earned their fledging spurs en route to international stardom.

Now many of the single-seater cars raced by those luminaries – and others of the same period – will be lining up for what promises to be another record-breaking grid at the award winning Silverstone Classic.

“Whether it was Nelson Piquet duelling with Derek Warwick or Ayrton Senna battling with Martin Brundle, that age of Formula 3 is fondly remembered by lots of motor sport enthusiasts,” remarked Event Director, Nick Wigley. “Many of those well-loved cars are back competing today and we are working closely with the Historic Sports Car Club to put together a field that will not only be the biggest F3 grid ever assembled but also be full of iconic cars, many still competing in their famous period liveries.”

The two eagerly-anticipated races – one on Saturday and one on Sunday – will run to the HSCC’s successful Classic F3 Championship regulations for cars originally built and raced between 1971 and 1984. That glorious 15-year epoch includes two notable F3 eras: the earlier 1600cc twin-cam cars and the subsequent 2-litre chassis that were introduced in 1974.

The growing popularity of the HSCC’s own UK-based series has seen an escalating number of notable entries and the club is working closely with the organisers of the thriving F3Classic series in France to guarantee a huge turn-out at the 2014 Silverstone Classic.

Tickets for next summer’s edition of the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival are selling fast with show-goers taking advantage of considerable ‘early-bird’ savings on offer for those booking early. Full details can be found on the official website.

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