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Great battles to be recreated at Historic Superprix this weekend

Thursday, June 21 2012

The HSCC Historic Superprix returns to Brands Hatch this weekend (30 June - 1 July). A traditional fixture on the circuit's calendar, it recalls the great races of the 50s, 60s and 70s that were held at the venue. Unlike many of its classic Grand Prix contemporaries, the Kent track has lost none of its character from those halcyon days and remains a favourite amongst the historic racing community.

Taking to the full Grand Prix circuit for a glorious summer weekend of racing will be some of the greatest cars of the last 60 years.

Amongst the single seater fraternity, Formulae Ford, 3 and 2 are still important steps in an aspiring driver's career and many of the cars racing during this event will carry the familiar names of their original campaigners. Also popular in the 60s was Formula Junior, which brought Jim Clark to the world's attention, and the cars now race under the banner of the FIA Lurani Trophy. An assortment of categories will also combine for the Classic Racing Cars event, with famous constructors including Brabham, March and Lotus.

Meanwhile the Derek Bell Trophy features an assortment of higher-powered machinery, with Formula 2 cars joining the 5 litre V8 Formula 5000 cars, plus a handful of Formula 1 cars. The grid will be familiar to those that remember the classic Race of Champions events during the 70s when the categories raced together, with Grand Prix stars often being humbled by their opponents.

The racing world's attention was divided between F1 and sportscars in the 60s and 70s and Brands Hatch always drew a huge crowd for the BOAC 500 and 1000km events. Many of the cars that raced then will be present in the Martini Trophy, whilst the GT ranks will be represented by the Guards Trophy, Historic Roadsports and 70s RoadSports. Classic names including Lola, Chevron, Jaguar, MG, Lotus and Porsche will all feature on the grid.

The more humble saloon cars of the period were no less popular too and the Historic Touring Car Championship includes spectacular American Muscle cars as well as the European Jaguars, Lotus Cortinas, Mini Coopers and Hillman Imps.

Amongst more than 350 cars entered, several will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The MGB reaches its half-century in 2012, as does the Lotus Elan. The Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is the perfect venue for a summer picnic, so remember to pack a bottle of champagne for a birthday toast!

Tickets for the Brands Hatch Historic Superprix are available in advance from £17, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.