Ferrari F40 tour de force at Silverstone Classic

The largest collection of Ferrari F40s ever assembled in one place. Photo / Supplied
The largest collection of Ferrari F40s ever assembled in one place. Photo / Supplied

The largest ever line-up of rare Ferrari F40s nearly stole the show at the Silverstone Classic at the weekend.

This is not easily done - the event is arguably the largest motorsport festival in the world, attracting hundreds of expensive and exotic vehicles, on display as well as on the track.

The record line-up of 60 F40s took to the famous British circuit on Sunday, local time, to mark the car's 25th anniversary. The day before was BMW's turn with hundreds of 'Z' cars taking to the track at the same time.

The light and savage rear-wheel drive F40 was Ferrari's first genuine 320km/h (200mph) supercar when it appeared in 1987 and is considered to be one of the most uncompromising supercars ever made. The 352kW three-litre twin-turbo V8 machine was also Enzo Ferrari's supercar swansong - he died in 1988.

Over 400 collectable cars joined an impressive parade in which classic British sportscars like TVRs, Lotus Elans, Austin Healeys, MGs and Triumph Spitfires were very well represented.

But it wasn't all about the supercar fashion parade, with over 1000 race entries for the meeting, which spanned over eight decades of motorsport.

The three-day Classic is held at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home of the British Grand Prix.

- NZ HERALD STAFF

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