Algarve Classic Festival Friday 19th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 - Algarve, Portugal
F1 USA Grand Prix Friday 19th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 - Austin, Texas
F1 Mexican Grand Prix Thursday 25th October 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018 - Mexico City, Mexico
Imola Classic Friday 26th October 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018 - Imola, Italy
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix Thursday 8th November 2018 to Sunday 11th November 2018 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Thursday 22nd November 2018 to Sunday 25th November 2018 - Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
With the UK now seemingly in the middle of a never ending heatwave, both cars and people alike flocked to Silverstone for the 2018 Classic. With racing of all classes across the weekend and a trio of dusk races with ever decreasing light on the Saturday made for quite the spectacle.
DK Engineering entered, prepared and maintained a series of cars across many classes for the event. Saturday first brought the second round of the DK sponsored pre-63GT grid of the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy; Both James and Harvey finding themselves in the hot seat of the no. 73 E-type for a deserved second place. First place went to Martin Hunt & Patrick Blakeney-Edwards in the AC Cobra, maintaining their lead from the Donington Historic. Third place was taken by Sam Hancock & Gregor Fisken, also in a Jaguar E-Type.
James paired up with Andrew Smith for the Stirling Moss Trophy for pre '61 Sports cars, placing 5th in the race in the Lister Chevrolet, however completing the second fastest lap overall. Harvey also shared a Lotus XV with a client in the same Trophy. Across the afternoon there was a fantastic mix of racing, demonstrations and parade laps from the variety of owners clubs filling the infield. With both paddocks filled too, the enormity of the event was clear to see.
As the sun started to drop in the sky, it was the racing that really start to hot up. A trio of 'Daytona at Dusk' races brought ever increasing speed and action to the track. By the time the final grid was on track at 20.30, the sun was well masked by the grandstands opposite the International Pits. James was back on track, this time in the ex- Colin McCrae & Rickard Rydell, Le Mans competing 550 Prodrive, one of just ten examples built, and a car that has competed at Le Mans no less than 5 times! Alongside him a client of DK was driving F40 GT/LM #80742, its first competitive outing since restoration with us, and its shakedown at the Red Bull Ring in May earlier this year.
Sunday morning brought more fantastic weather and more fierce competition in the RAC Woodcote Trophy for pre'56 Sports Cars. David shared the driving seat of the family owned 500 TRC with Scott Redding, a close friend. James meanwhile, enjoyed a drive alongside Richard Woolmer in the light green HWM Cadillac.
We have a compiled a set of images below for your enjoyment. Firstly by our own Luke Gilbertson and then further imagery provided by Jeff Bloxham.