The Historic Sports Car Club’s twin Road Sports categories will deliver a sensational capacity grid of 58 cars for a high-profile race at the Silverstone Classic (July 20-22), the biggest historic racing festival of the season.

The 30-minute non-championship race will take place in front of a huge audience on Saturday afternoon and will include competitors from both the 70s Road Sports and Historic Road Sports Championships. The race will also mark the 50th year of the Morgan Plus 8, with as many as nine Plus 8s sure to be near the head of the field.

As well as a capacity grid of 58, comprising 29 cars from each category, the entry includes a further 15 reserves waiting for a chance to join the grid. Over 20 different marques, from the UK, Europe, America and Australia, are represented in the entry. There is a plan to make each car’s category evident by markings adjacent to the race numbers as the twin categories have slightly different technical regulations.

Charles Barter, from 70s Road Sports, said: “It is an incredible privilege to be on the Silverstone Classic programme and a great opportunity to showcase the Road Sports categories to a new audience. We’re over the moon about it and we’ve still got reserves waiting for a space on the grid.”

Kevin Kivlochan, from Historic Road Sports, said: The Silverstone Classic is one of the premier historic racing events in the world. It’s fantastic for Historic Road Sports, which dates back to 1981. We have a wonderful grid of competitive drivers with superb camaraderie. I am sure we will put on a great display with tremendous variety for the public.”