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Masters Historic Festival kicks off today

Saturday, May 24 2014

The past swings back into life today (Saturday) at Brands Hatch, as the Masters Historic Festival commences on the legendary Grand Prix circuit.

Today's action will include qualifying for the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, ahead of tomorrow's double-bill of races, which will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Grand Prix to be held at the Kent circuit.

Formula One machines will also race today, with the first of the weekend's two Historic Grand Prix Car Association (HGPCA) taking place this afternoon. The HGPCA features cars from the time of Tazio Nuvolari's early heroics, in the pioneering pre-war era, right up to machines similar to those driven in the 1964 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, a race won by Jim Clark.

The circuit's sports car heritage will also be celebrated this weekend with the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, which evokes an era in which the world's frequently raced in the BOAC 500 and 1000 events at Brands Hatch. Lola T70s and Ford GT40s will feature prominently, machines that are arguably just as iconic as their historic Grand Prix counterparts.

Sideways action will be provided by the Masters pre-66 Touring Cars, with a field of Mini Coopers and Lotus Cortinas taking on the brutish Mustangs from the other side of the Atlantic. With different cars possessing such varying characteristics, momentum can shift from competitor to competitor several times over the course of the lap.

There will also be racing today from the FIA Lurani trophy for Formula Junior single-seaters, and the pristinely maintained sports cars in the Gentleman Drivers and Stirling Moss Trophy.

The paddock will also be open, allowing spectators to get a much closer look at some important machines from motor racing history as well as meet the teams and drivers who run them today.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch are available on the gate for £18 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.