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Can-Am Championship joins 2016 Silverstone Classic

Goose Live Events has announced that the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Can-Am Championship will culminate at the 2016 Silverstone Classic.

Beginning back in 1966 in North America, the Can-Am Championship will celebrate 50 years with a three-round Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge, organised by Masters Historic Racing.

The Challenge will include classes for 1960s and 1970s cars, along with a category for the later, smaller-engined sports prototypes that ran in the Masters Interserie Revival series, which took place several racing seasons ago.

Can-Am sports racers are known for being particularly ferocious, some carrying more than 1,000 horsepower. McLaren, Chaparral, Lola, BRM, March, Shadow and Porsche have all submitted cars to the Challenge, with cars also among the first to use sport wings, ground-effect aerodynamics and aerospace materials.

The inclusion of the Can-Am series into the Silverstone Classic has brought an “incredible buzz”, Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, said. “Now the addition of these two extra races will fuel those fires and ensure the 50-year milestone is marked in memorable style with some truly fantastic races next summer.

“Rather like Group B in rallying, these fearsome Can-Am creations have rightly reached legendary status and to have so many of them back racing is really going to catch everyone’s imagination.”

The 2016 Silverstone Classic takes place 29-31 July, with Early Bird tickets on sale now, including the Family ticket, a new offering for the 2016 edition.

Silverstone Classic tickets on sale for 2016

Tickets for the Silverstone Classic go on sale today (12 November) for the 2016 edition, which will take place next summer on 29-31 July.

This year’s Silver Jubilee, celebrating the Classic’s 25th anniversary, attracted more than 100,000 visitors – a record for the event.

The Silverstone Classic promotes an ‘access all areas’ attitude, with the ticket allowing access to the race paddocks and covered grandstand seating. Interactive driving activities, access to all the car club displays, live music, family entertainment in the infield and a free vintage funfair are all included in the price of admission.

“The event is now a firm family favourite and it’s wonderful to see all generations enjoying our celebration of classic motor racing,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for the Silverstone Classic. “In recognition of this, we’ve also introduced a special new family ticket for the whole weekend – including camping for two adults and two children. We’re looking forward to another great event in July.”

Silverstone Classic prepares for 25th anniversary event

The Silverstone Classic is expecting, for the first time ever, a crowd of more than 100,000 for its 25th anniversary celebrations, which will cover the full spectrum of motor sport history, with over 10,000 classic cars on display.

The Silver Jubilee celebrations kick off on 24 July, with aerial demonstrations alongside brand activations from sponsors and event partners, including official fuel partners Jet and SsangYong at the Silverstone Circuit.

Live music from Status Quo and Paul Young will feature alongside more than 20 car races at this year’s three-day motor racing festival.

According to Goose Live Events, the event’s organiser, the oldest car competing is a 1923 Bentley racing in the Kidston Trophy for pre-war sports cars, and the most recent a howling Super Aguri raced by Takuma Sato in the 2006 F1 World Championship.

Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events and event director for the Silverstone Classic said: “The Silverstone Classic has become one of our most proud accomplishments and we could not be more thrilled with its growing popularity in recent years.

“This year will be extra special as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary so there is a lot to look forward too, the Silverstone Classic really does boast a wealth of attractions and activities to keep all ages amused and engaged.”