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Brands Hatch to showcase 50 years of F1 Heritage this weekend

Tuesday, May 20 2014

The Masters Historic Festival takes place at Brands Hatch this Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 24/Sunday 25 May), celebrating 50 years of Formula 1 heritage at the circuit, since Jim Clark's victory at the inaugural World Championship event in 1964.  

Celebrations will be headlined on track by the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, which is set to feature a number of machines that would have raced at Brands Hatch in period. A grid of 22 Formula 1 machines originally built and raced between the end of the 1960s and the mid-1980s has so far been confirmed, and will include several iconic machines from Formula 1 history. Amongst these will be a McLaren M23, as driven by Emerson Fittipaldi to the 1974 Formula World Championship, and infamously to first place on the road by James Hunt in the 1976 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, prior to his latter disqualification.

The Historic Grand Prix Car Association will also race twice this weekend, offering up a grid which features Lotuses, Coopers and many more cars, similar to those raced in the first race, 50 years ago. This grid will also stretch back even further in time to the pioneering pre-war era, with Stephan Rettenmaier competing in a Maserati 8CM, the same type of car raced to victory by Tazio Nuvolari in the 1933 Belgian Grand Prix.

Festivities will extend beyond the circuit's limits to an F1 Showcase, comprising a handful of truly iconic Grand Prix machines, including a 1986 Williams FW11, as raced to victory by Nigel Mansell in the final World Championship encounter at the circuit. Ayrton Senna's 1985 Lotus 97T/2 will also be on display, the same car in which he claimed his first Grand Prix win in Estoril and also claimed pole position for the 1985 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. An ex-Michael Schumacher Benetton B191 will also appear on display, the very car in which the seven-time world champion achieved his first F1 podium.

David Brabham, son of three-time World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, will drive Ron Maydon's Brabham BT24 on track at the event to celebrate the life and career of his father. Sir Jack, who won the 1966 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, sadly passed away at the beginning of this week and David will take part in a special parade of Brabham machinery to honour the Australian legend's legacy.

For further event information please visit www.brandshatchmastersfestival.com.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 24/25 May are available from £15 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information spectators should call 0843 453 9000 or click here.