Classic Formula 3 played a prominent role when the 2014 Silverstone Classic was unveiled to the media at Silverstone on Wednesday (30 April).
The Historic Sports Car Club's Classic Formula 3 category is one of the new races at the world's biggest classic and historic racing festival (25-27 July) with a pair of races for the 1600cc and 2-litre F3 cars of the 1971-1984 era. The event also marks 50 years since the creation of the modern Formula 3 category for the 1964 season.
Event director Nick Wigley said that the Classic F3 race was an important addition to the weekend's stellar race line-up. "This leads on from the fantastic Formula Ford race we had last year: we like to celebrate the feeder series for Formula 1," said Wigley.
"It's a fantastic era to celebrate and we're hoping to get a grid of 50 cars, which would be amazing," said Wigley. "We've got many of the cars driven by drivers who went on to F1 fame like Nelson Piquet, Derek Warwick and Nigel Mansell."
Several CF3 cars were on-track during the media day, including the ex-Tony Brise Modus M1, which was having its first proper test in the hands of new owner Mark Hulme. Brise finished second at Monaco in the car in 1974, but it has not raced in the UK since the 1970s. Hulme plans to be on the grid for the Silverstone Classic races in July.
With a target entry of 50 cars, the HSCC is bidding to create one of the biggest grids ever seen in Formula 3 history. As well as cars from the club's UK series, more than 20 cars form the corresponding French F3 Classic movement are expected to swell the grid.