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Brands Hatch meeting to pay homage to F1 masters
2:29pm Wednesday 2nd May 2012 in Other Sport
THE annual masters historic festival on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit at the end of this month is set to be a glorious celebration of Formula 1, with races and demonstrations covering the sport’s illustrious past.
Fans of every era of motorsport’s pinnacle will find something on track during two days of non-stop action on May 26 and May 27.
New for 2012 is the historic race of champions, which recalls the classic non-championship races that were held at circuit regularly from the 1960s to early 1980s.
It is being run as the second round of a new historic F1 series, called the Return to Power, which will debut at the Monaco historic Grand Prix.
The title is in honour of the early days of the three-litre era which began in 1966 and was most famous for producing the hugely successful Cosworth DFV engine that dominated the sport until the 1980s.
The race is open to cars from 1966, when legendary director John Frankenheimer filmed the movie Grand Prix at the circuit, until 1971, when Jackie Stewart was dominating the sport.
Also present will be the historic Grand Prix cars association, which will be bringing a superb collection of cars dating back to the 1930s when Italian teams were central to Grand Prix racing, through to the 1950s and early 1960s.
With many cars running engines in front of the driver, it was an era of heroic deeds and gentlemen drivers.
The Grand Prix masters series will return with the late 1970s and early 1980s era very much to the fore, a time when aerodynamics started to display their influence.
As engines became louder and more powerful, the cars cornered like they were on rails, making them a spectacular sight around the twists and undulations of Brands Hatch.
In between races there will be demonstrations of more contemporary Formula 1 cars too.
A clutch of newer machinery, headlined by Damon Hill’s 1996 world championship winning Williams, includes cars from the Benetton and Lotus factories.
In addition to these, there will be appearances from former Grand Prix drivers, with Derek Bell taking to the wheel of a March, plus Jackie Oliver and Howden Ganley piloting BRMs that both once raced in the world championship.
With demonstrations and a race from each era on both days, plus the regular masters racing action from Le Mans sportscars, Can-Am classics, GTs and Saloons and off-track entertainment for all the family, the event will be an unforgettable festival of nostalgia.
Tickets for the masters festival at Brands Hatch on May 26 and May 27 May are available in advance from £17, with free entry for children aged 12 and under.
For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or visit brandshatch.co.uk
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