Silverstone to commemorate racing legends at 50th British Grand Prix

Sir Jack Brabham and Sir Jackie Stewart are among those to be honoured in parades to mark the 50th Grand Prix at Silverstone next month.

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Jack Brabham in his Cooper T53-Climax. Credit: LAT Photographic

Three commemorative parades will take place over the weekend of this year’s British Grand Prix to mark the 50th Grand Prix at Silverstone. The 4-6 July parades will feature British Grand Prix-winning cars and drivers that have provided memorable moments in the circuit’s history.

The three parades – one scheduled for each day of the three-day event – will reunite a host of British Formula 1 legends with the cars they drove to British Grand Prix victory.

David Brabham, son of the late Sir Jack Brabham, and a Le Mans 24 Hours winner in 2009, will be driving  his legendary father’s Cooper Climax T53 from 1960, the same model as the car Sir Jack drove to victory at the 1960 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

David’s participation in the parades will be a tribute to his late father, a much-loved and popular figure in the world of Formula 1. Born in Australia, Sir Jack Brabham started out as a Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic before running his own engineering firm and eventually joining the Cooper team, contributing to the design of the Cooper cars in which he won the 1959 and 1960 F1 World Championships. After establishing his own Brabham marque in 1961, he went on to win a third World Championship in 1966 – the first and only driver to do so in a car of his own manufacture.

Joining David Brabham in the parades will be three-times F1 World Champion and two-times British Grand Prix winner Sir Jackie Stewart, who will be driving his 1969 British Grand Prix-winning Matra MS80. Five-times British Grand Prix winner Alain Prost is also confirmed to appear, driving the Red Bull RB8 which was driven to victory at the 2012 British Grand Prix by Mark Webber.

Speaking about his involvement in the parade and driving his father’s Cooper Climax T53, David Brabham said: “It will be a great honour for me to drive one of my father’s historic and iconic 1960 Coopers in the 50th Grand Prix parades.”

Four-time F1 World Champion Alain Prost said: “Silverstone has always been one of my favourite tracks and I have a lot of good memories there. The first time I won in 1983 with the Renault it was a very special feeling. The crowd was so loud – you could really hear their passion, even over the roar of those turbo engines!”

Tickets for the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix are available from £65pp and are on sale 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit www.silverstone.co.uk for more information.

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