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Masters Historic Festival gets underway at Brands Hatch

Saturday, May 28 2016

The Masters Historic Festival gets underway at Brands Hatch today (Saturday), with two days of nostalgic entertainment including racing, demonstrations, displays and a special James Hunt tribute, 40 years on from his Formula One World Championship success.

The opening day's action includes qualifying for almost all of the historic racing categories competing this weekend, including the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship for 1960s to 80s cars and the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association for 1930s to 60s machinery.

Racing gets underway at 2:00pm with the Can Am Interserie Challenge for 1960s and 70s sports racing cars from the legendary Canadian American Challenge Cup and its European Interserie cousin.

The first F1 race of the weekend takes place at 2:40pm, and it's the first chance to see cars from Hunt's era of the sport racing this weekend. Entries include two Heskeths and the 1977 McLaren M26, with historic F1 ace Michael Lyons taking on the same car that powered the defending World Champion to victory in the 1977 British Grand Prix.

The first day of the festival concludes with the Masters Three Hours race for pre-66 Touring, GT and GT prototype cars. A huge entry features contingents of Jaguar E-Types, Ford GT40s, Shelby Mustangs and many more priceless machines, including cars from Aston Martin, Lotus, MG, Triumph.

There will also be a Karting Legends demonstration at lunch time, and the paddock is open to spectators, where the cars competing this weekend can be found between sessions.

Click here to download the entry lists and here to download the event timetable.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 28-29 May are available on the gate for £20 on Saturday and £26 on Sunday with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.