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At this summer’s Silverstone Classic, Ferrari F40 enthusiasts hope to set a world record while celebrating the 25th anniversary of the exotic.
The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain is organizing the largest collection of F40s ever seen at the world’s biggest classic racing festival. “Our original aim was to get at least 25 of these Ferraris together and, as I have contacted owners, I have been gratified that so many want to be part of the celebration – so much so that we now have more than 50 F40s registered for the event with more still to come!” reported Nigel Chiltern-Hunt, the club’s co-ordinator for this anniversary gathering and an F40 owner himself. “A parade of those F40s present is planned for the Sunday and it undoubtedly will be the largest gathering of F40s ever seen anywhere in the world and will certainly beat the club’s own previous record of 40 F40s (pictured above) seen at the Silverstone Classic in 2007.”
The Ferrari F40 was first introduced in 1987 to celebrate the Italian automaker’s 40th anniversary. It features a twin-turbo V8 engine with 478-hp and was the world’s first 200-mph production road car. The supercar was sold at around $475,000 and only 1,315 F40s were ever produced. Silverstone Classic should be housing no less than 50 at this year’s show in July.
“Silverstone is the perfect place for Ferrari to be celebrating this important milestone in the incredible F40’s history,” said Nick Wigley, Event Organiser. “It was, of course, at Silverstone in 1951 that Ferrari achieved its first grand prix win and, since then, the circuit has witnessed countless more Ferrari victories, most recently when Fernando Alonso won last year’s British Grand Prix. With such a rich sporting history, it’s no surprise that so many fabulous Ferraris star in many of the major races staged at the Silverstone Classic. Now the promise of a record number of Ferrari F40s lining up on the infield is another major attraction. It’s a truly mouth-watering prospect that no supercar enthusiast will want to miss.”
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It’s billed as the world’s largest motor racing festival and the 2011 event, which will take place on 22-24 July was officially announced in style.
At Silverstone, some 800 vintage race cars will take Grand Prix track as Event Director Nick Wigley announced that the 2011 Classic will be the biggest and best yet.
Just how big exactly? Well around 1000 competitors will be driving those 800 cars and there’ll be a full program of some 22 races that will take place over the course of the weekend. In addition, there will be a special celebrity challenge, with famous personalities racing around the track in identically prepped Morgans, plus a special celebration of the E-Type Jaguar with a planned parade of some 1000 examples to honor the iconic sports car’s 50th anniversary.
Other attractions include live music on Friday and Saturday, with an orchestra on Sunday; air displays, hot air balloons, a fun fair, a shopping village and even lawnmower racing. And if you’re hungry, Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts will be providing catering services over the course of the weekend.
So, if you happen to find yourself in Central England towards the end of the July and looking for something to do, head on over to the Silverstone Classic:
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