Sir Stirling Moss OBE will lead a record parade of historic F1 cars at this summer's Silverstone Classic, it has been announced.
The parade is being organised to celebrate 50 grands prix at Silverstone, with the Northamptonshire venue having first hosted the British GP back in 1948, initially sharing the honour of putting on the blue riband event with both Aintree and Brands Hatch.
“The Silverstone Classic really is a great event and it will be an absolute honour to lead this parade of Grand Prix cars,” said Moss, who is widely regarded as 'the greatest driver never to win the World Championship' though he enjoyed many F1 victories for Cooper, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes and Vanwall.
“This is the global home of motor racing – I recall meeting Her Majesty here and so many other dignitaries and guests over the years, not to mention my memories of the circuit itself and the Grands Prix I contested,” he continued.
“Silverstone is a wonderful place with a rich history; in my day it really was a fast and challenging circuit with some extremely demanding corners. During my career I believe I raced 108 cars so I had a pretty good innings and seeing some of those that'll be involved in the Silverstone Classic brings back a lot of great memories for me. I'm really looking forward to being a part of it all in July.”
“With three exciting and evocative races on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon starring more than seven decades of the world's greatest grand prix cars, the Silverstone Classic is always a massive attraction for all F1 fans – but this year will be even more special,” added Nick Wigely, event director.
“We really wanted to mark Silverstone's 50th Grand Prix in terrific style and this fabulous parade [on Sunday, July 27] will do just that – even more so as Sir Stirling Moss will be adding his magic to proceedings.
“Obviously I'd like to thank Stirling for agreeing to head the parade and those at Masters and the HGPCA for their enthusiastic support. We now want to hear from others with F1 cars who are keen to participate not just in setting a new world record but also in being part of something really special.”