THE SILVERSTONE Classic –
The Celebrity Challenge was just part of the entertainment available at the Silverstone Classic, which was celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. There were more than 1000 drivers enthusiastically racing more than 850 of the world’s greatest and most valuable competition cars. The legendary E-type Jaguar was 50 years old this year and by way of a birthday celebration there were over 1000 E-types in attendance. The Jaguar club wanted to break the Guinness World Record for numbers of single marque cars on a race track. It is understood that over 800 took part, driving around the circuit. Quite a logistical nightmare!
The Morgan Motor Company had managed to arrange that the celebrity race this year had a complete field of Morgans instead of the usual ‘tin boxes’. The event was used to raise funds for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
Fourteen celebrities, who had received special race training, were entered into the race which turned out to be a harrowing experience for ex England footballer Luther Blissett. He managed to barrel roll his borrowed Roadster on the first lap, but fortunately Morgans are made of stern stuff and he escaped without injury.
Rick Parfitt Jnr (dad is Rick senior, of Status Quo fame) won the race after a very exciting tussle with Heston Blumenthal and Brendan Cole in a great battle that had the spectators enthralled.
The ‘Celebrity Challenge’ driver line-up included; Jimmy Akingbola (Actor – Holby City), Luther Blissett (ex-England footballer), Sally ‘Traffic’ Boazman (Radio 2 presenter), Heston Blumenthal (chef), Brendan Cole (dancer), Zoe Cole (model), Paul O’Duffy(Music producer – Amy Winehouse), Vicky Gomersall (Sky Sports Presenter), Lee McQueen (‘The Apprentice’ winner), Alexander Nall-Cain (entrepreneur), Rick Parfitt Jr. (musician), Paul Stewart (Drummer – The Feeling), ‘Comedy Dave’ Vitty (Radio 1 presenter), Jo Wood (Organics Entrepreneur).