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Brands Hatch set for historic event on Grand Prix circuit next weekend

Saturday, June 25 2016

The majestic Brands Hatch GP circuit will burst to life with the sounds of up to 500 racing cars from motor racing's golden era next weekend (1/2/3 July), many of which have raced in-period at the Kent circuit, as the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) celebrates its 50th anniversary.

On-track action includes races for the Historic Grand Prix Car Association (HGPCA), which recalls the classically-modelled pre-slicks-and-wings machines of the 1960s. The races will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 British Grand Prix at the Kent venue, which was won by the late Jack Brabham. It's also 40 years since the famous 1976 British Grand Prix, won on the road by James Hunt in a McLaren M23, and an example of this car will be on display throughout the weekend, and will be demonstrated on track on the Sunday.

Another highlight will be the Historic Race of Champions, which will recall the venue's past as the host of non-championship F1 fixtures with races for powerful 1970s single-seaters, including the thunderous Formula 5000 machines from the 1970s.

A stunning line-up of super saloons cars from the British Touring Car Championship golden 1990s era will also take to the track. The 23-strong grid includes period heros John Cleland and Patrick Watts. Both men were stalwarts of the BTCC's most popular era, with Cleland taking the crown as the series reached the peak of its popularity in 1995. Cleland will drive his 1998 Vauxhall Vectra, whilst Watts has entered his Peugeot 406 from the same season.

Older saloons will appear in the Historic Touring Cars category for pre-1966 machinery. This will recall the memorable David v Goliath battles of the era when the powerful American muscle cars fought with their nimbler European cousins.

There are classic sportscar races for the Guards Trophy, which remembers the epic GT races of the 1960s with Jaguar E-Types, Lotus Elans and more. There are even more exotic machines in the Pre-'80 Endurance Series for Le Mans-style prototypes. The Historic Road Sports and 70s Road Sports categories, for road-legal classic GT cars is set to be massively popular too.

Strong grids are expected in plenty of the other classes too, including a plethora of single-seater categories, including Historic Formula Ford, Historic and Classic Formula 3, and Historic Formula 2. All of these classes helped nurture great drivers, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt and Nigel Mansell. In addition, there's a major celebration of the Formula Junior category that trained drivers in the late 1950s and early 60s, in particular former champion Jim Clark. Over 100 cars have been entered for this class alone.

Visitors will be able to get closer than ever to these stunning cars, with new paddock and assembly locations close to spectator areas. This includes a special paddock for the 90s Touring Cars located behind the main straight.

The event will be supported by prestigious racing publication Motor Sport Magazine, with a special souvenir programme on sale and an official presence from Motor Sport at the event. Visitors will be able to find out more about the magazine and purchase copies at their official trade stand. Other attractions will include classic car displays and live 1960s music on the Sunday, and appearances from past legends who have raced with the HSCC during its 50-year history.

Tickets for the HSCC Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will be available from £19 with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.