Classic motor racing comes to Silverstone

Classic motor racing is attracting a growing audience. The world's biggest classic racing festival is at Silverstone, where this year cars from eight decades of motor sport were once more on the starting grid.

The weekend also saw a race dedicated to the memory of former F1 driver Peter Gethin, who died last year. Gethin rose to fame driving for McLaren in the Formula 5000 series, and the car in which he won the European championship in 1970 has been restored to its former glory. It is now owned by Mark Longmore and driven by Matthew Wurr, who explains the attraction of getting behind the wheel of a classic racing machine.

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Matthew Wurr and the Formula 5000 car appeared at BBC Children in Need Carfest South.

Photography by Phil Coomes, Mike Hayward, Keith Lewcock, Jakob Ebrey Photography, Mark Longmore and Getty Images.

Music: Grand Prix by Maurice Jarre, Atom Heart Mother and Summer '68 by Pink Floyd.

Audio slideshow production by Phil Coomes. Publication date 24 July 2012.

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