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Preparations gear up for Silverstone Classic

The Silverstone Classic takes place in July. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The build up to one of the biggest car festivals in the UK has officially begun.

The Silverstone Classic does not start until July, but former racing driver Tiff Needell has been giving fans a sneak preview of what's in store.

Preparations have officially begun for the three-day car festival. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"They're sliding around the corners, you see the drivers driving, there's just something for everybody over the three days of glorious sunny British summers day."

– Tiff Needell, Former racing driver

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Silverstone: 'Objective to preserve British Grand Prix'

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The owners of Silverstone have hit out at reports it wants to stop hosting the British Formula One Grand Prix.

The British Racing Drivers' Club issued a statement saying recent press reports suggesting talks have been unsuccessful and that the British Grand Prix will definitely be dropped after 2019 are "speculative and wrong"

The statement from John Grant, Chairman of the BRDC, says:

"Our objective is to preserve the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for many years to come but, of course, we can only do this if it makes economic sense. As I have said before, we will be considering over the next six months if we should give notice of our intention to exercise the break clause in our Grand Prix contract at the end of 2019. No decision has been made, or will be made, until mid July. In the meantime, we will be using this period to explore with all interested parties, hopefully in private, various ways in which we might work out a more sustainable proposition".

– John Grant

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Thousands head to classic car rally

More than 100,000 people are visiting Silverstone to see the world's biggest classic car festival.

On the 25th anniversary, they're predicting over 10,000 classic cars will be there over the three day event. (24th-26th July)

A crew from ITV news Anglia were lucky enough to spend a day at the show. Jonathan Wills took a trip down memory lane in three of the finest examples of classic motors.

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