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Bumper Historic GP car entry for July’s Brands Hatch Superprix

Monday, June 29 2015

More than 30 Historic Grand Prix cars will blast around the Brands Hatch this July (11-12) at the HSCC Superprix. Beautiful machines from Cooper, Lotus, and Brabham are expected to be amongst the star attractions as they take to a circuit which has changed little since the F1 World Championship first raced there in 1964.

The grid encompasses everything from cars from the mid-'60s, when Brands Hatch first established itself as the host of Grands Prix, to front-engined cars from the F1 World Championship's early years. The front-engined entry includes Tony Smith's stunning Ferrari 246 Dino, as driven by Phil Hill and Wolfgang Von Trips in the 1960 season, and an Aston Martin DBR4/4, the car used by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby in Formula One races throughout 1959.

Grand Prix racing's rear-engined revolution will be recalled too, most notably in the class for pre-'61 cars running on 15" wheels, which features examples of the Cooper T51, the car in which Sir Jack Brabham won the 1959 World Championship, as driven by Innes Ireland to the historic marque's earliest podium results.

One of the most exciting additions to the grid is Andry Middlehurst's Lotus 25, arguably Colin Chapman's most iconic creation. The Lotus 25 debuted in 1962, and was a triple race-winner in its first season in the hands of Jim Clark. Clark and the 25's superiority were clear to see in 1963, when the partnership romped to a dominant championship victory with seven race wins, before going on to win the first Brands Hatch Grand Prix the following season. The 25 is a truly special car, and it was still fast enough to win the French Grand Prix in Clark's hands in 1965, despite having been replaced by the more advanced 33.

Other cars to look out for include a Brabham BT11, as used by Sir Jack's eponymous team in 1965, and a pair of Cooper T53's, recalling Brabham's emphatic 1960 World Championship success.

All of these cars can be found in the paddock, which will be open to spectators throughout the event. Fans are encouraged to go and take a closer look at these remarkable machines as they're prepared for battle, and they can also meet the teams and drivers.

Tickets for the HSCC Historic Superprix at Brands Hatch on 11-12 July are available online from £18 with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here