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Stunning F1 line-up tops Brands Hatch Masters Festival bill

Monday, May 20 2019

The full Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will reverberate with the sound of the past at the Masters Historic Festival this weekend (25-26 May), which is headlined by a stunning selection of cars in the FIA Masters Historic F1 Championship.

This year's stellar entry includes Steve Hartley's stunning McLaren MP4/1, the first machine to be built and raced by the British manufacturer under Ron Dennis's stewardship in the early '80s. Another machine from the famous marque which is set to appear is the McLaren M29 of Warren Briggs.

Other cars from the early '80s expected to appear include an example of the Williams FW08C, as raced by circuit owner Jonathan Palmer in his Grand Prix debut at the same venue in 1983, and a pair of FW07Cs from the same stable.

A trio of Tyrrells will take to the grid too, resplendent in the green Benetton livery which graced the manufacturer's cars during that period, with Martin Stretton's 012 amongst the machines you can expect to see competing at the front.

Other key cars to keep an eye out for will include a Shadow DN8, as raced in-period by Welshman Tom Pryce, victor in the 1975 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch in a DN5, and a Hesketh 308 in which James Hunt made his name prior to joining McLaren and chasing World Championship glory in the mid '70s.

The F1 machines will be complemented by an ensemble grid in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, which recreates the Le Mans 24 Hours battles of the late '60s and early '70s. Star cars here will include the Ferrari 512 of Carlos Monteverde, and the stunning McLaren M1B of Chris Drake and Mark Shaw.


Additional highlights of the sports car grid will include multiple machines from the celebrated British Chevron marque, plus no fewer than five examples of the Lola T70.

Further major races to keep an eye out for this weekend will include a huge entry of more than 40 cars in the Pre-'66 Touring Cars with a huge entry comprising Mini Coopers, Ford Lotus Cortinas, and big American muscle cars too.

The racing line-up will also include the Gentleman Drivers series for pre-'1966 GTs, Historic Formula 2, Equipe GTS sports cars and the eclectic, Dutch based Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge which is set to feature everything

In addition to the racing, there will be classic car displays, live music, and some interesting demonstrations.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 25-26 May are available on the gate with FREE entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.