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Brands Hatch Masters Historic Festival revs up today

Friday, May 26 2017

Brands Hatch goes retro as the Masters Historic Festival takes the Grand Prix circuit down memory lane for two full days of action this weekend (27-28 May), headlined by the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship.

The FIA Masters F1 cars will recreate the fondly remembered '70s and '80s period of the sport, with glorious cars from a time when a Cosworth DFV, and a spot of engineering nous was enough to make you a world-beater. Star cars appearing will include machines from McLaren, Williams, Tyrrell, and Lotus, resplendent in period liveries, on an iconic circuit which has changed little since they first raced here.

Speaking of Cosworth DFVs, F1's most successful engine turns 50 this year, and to celebrate there will be a number of special DFV-powered cars appearing across the weekend, in addition to those racing. Many of these will be displayed from Saturday, with an extensive selection taking to the track for a special demonstration on Sunday, including examples of the Lotus 49 - the car that started it all.

The F1 cars will race twice across the weekend, with a race on each Saturday and Sunday.

Aside from F1, this will be an all-out celebration of motor racing's history across a number of its on-track, four-wheeled disciplines, including sports car racing which, lest we forget, is almost as prominent in the Kent circuit's history as Grand Prix competition. The spirit of the famous BOAC 500 and 1000 long-distance fixtures of the '60s and '70s will be revived with the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars.

Touring cars will be a key part of the programme too, with two eras to be on show; the '60s period of the all-rounder when drivers like Jim Clark would regularly intertwine F1 campaigns with appearances in the British Saloon Car Championship, and the '70s and '80s era of Group A touring cars - get set for plenty of excitement.

Plus, there will be much more racing, and classic car displays on Sunday.

Tickets are available on the gate for £20 on Saturday and £28 on Sunday. Call 0843 453 9000 or click here to find out more.