Silverstone Classic’s plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am Championship have ballooned into what is sure to be one of the most anticipated highlights on the 2016 motorsport calendar.
The commemoration races at the Classic (29-31 July) will be the awesome culmination of a three-round Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge. The addition of curtain-raisers at Brands Hatch and Donington Park will give owners of these Can-Am racers a pair of extra incentives to spruce up their beasts and be part of what is going to be a top dollar celebration.
“There’s been an incredible buzz since we announced our intention to include Can-Am races in 2016,” reported Nick Wigley, of Goose Live Events, the company responsible for the Silverstone Classic. “Now the addition of these two extra races will just 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.”
“Can-Am cars always stop people in their tracks,” added Rachel Bailey of Masters Historic Racing. “They look exciting, sound superb and we are very pleased to be organising this celebration series in tandem with the Silverstone Classic where the cars will take centre stage. We are sure that many cars from across Europe will seize the opportunity to take part in this series and it will be wonderful to see them return to the circuits again. We are keen to attract a wide range of cars into action and offer fans a snapshot of the history of Can-Am racing.”
Launched in 1966, the iconic U.S.A based Can-Am Championship sparked some of the world’s most bonkers sports racers, often boasting in excess of 1,000 horsepower. Furthermore, with only a few technical restrictions, these amazing, hi-tech Can-Am monsters were among the first race cars to sprout wings and sport aerospace materials.
The involvement of these awe-inspiring sports cars will be a major draw at the 2016 Silverstone Classic. Fans wanting to immerse themselves in these machines can get Early Bird tickets, offering savings of up to 17 per cent. There is also the all-new Family ticket available for 2016 – this includes camping across the whole weekend and gives a discount of over 20 per cent on advance tickets.