12/13/2013 - U.K.'s Silverstone Classic To Fete Mustang's 50th Year
Northamptonshire, UK -- Next year's Silverstone Classic vintage race festival will pay homage to America's celebrated muscle car, the Ford Mustang, which marks its 50th anniversary in April, 2014. Races and parades dedicated to the legendary pony car will mark the official 50th U.K. birthday bash for the world's best-selling classic car, organized by the Mustang Owners Club of Great Britain.
The announcement coincidentally comes on the heels of Ford's Dec. 5 unveil of the 6th generation Mustang, which for the very first time will be sold in certain overseas markets (i.e. Great Britain) via right-hand-drive versions. Silverstone has the chops for this type of event, as it's staged similar massive celebrations for the Jaguar E-Type, Aston Martin, Ferrari F40 and Porsche 911 in recent years, and in terms of race-car entries (near 1,000 last year) is the world's biggest vintage racing event.
The July 25-27 weekend will include displays and parades showcasing all five generations of the Mustang, along with two races dedicated to the V8-powered racers from the 1960s. While the 50-plus car grids will also include other "Yank tanks" from the era, majority of the field will be competition-prepared Mustangs. Event director Nick Wigley stated, "The Mustang celebrations follow on perfectly from the amazing party we had last summer for the Porsche 911. Like the 911, the Mustang has been in continuous production for 50 years and has become a global icon among sportscars. We are thrilled that the (MOCGB) will be holding its official birthday festivities at the Classic and, with what we expect to be a record number of Mustangs racing on the track."
Mustangs such as the Shelby GT350 and Boss 302 weren't only successful in U.S. racing -- in its first year of 1964 a Mustang notched a class victory in the Tour de France road rally, and the following year an Alan Mann Racing 4.7-liter Mustang piloted by Roy Pierpoint won the British Touring Car Championship. Tickets for the Silverstone Classic are already on sale at: www.silverstoneclassic.com
Photo: Notchback 'Stangs lead brethren Ford Falcon into the corner (courtesy silverstoneclassic.com)