Snetterton circuit will reverberate to the sound of Ford racing engines on Sunday 22 October, with an array of mouth-watering demonstrations from the iconic car manufacturer's history at Ford Power Live, the Norfolk venue's newest event.
Headlining this huge line-up will be Formula One cars powered by the legendary Ford-Cosworth DFV engine that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Snetterton played a key role in the early development of the DFV, which claimed a record 155 Grand Prix victories over a 15-year period. The V8 engine will be showcased at Ford Power Live in the McLaren M23, the design that powered Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt to World Championship glory, and the Lotus 76, one of the most advanced F1 cars of its time to come from the nearby Hethel factory.
Also celebrating its golden anniversary is Formula Ford, which kick-started the careers of many F1 stars, including Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button. Several of these junior single-seaters will be demonstrated, along with its 21st Century equivalent, the Ford Duratec-powered BRDC Formula 4 car, which was designed by Norfolk's legendary racing car constructor, Ralph Firman.
Ford Power Live will also feature demonstration races from some Ford-powered stock car-based series. These will include the MASCARs, 2/3-scale clones of US stock cars, with body styles replicating the Ford Taurus and Thunderbird models. Machines from the early years of the UK's own BRiSCA F2 stock cars will also be in action. American Ford power will also be celebrated with a spectacular 1967 Mustang drag racer, one of several examples of the iconic muscle car taking to the track at the event.
Ford's enduring success in the world of rallying will also be represented, with a demonstration from the stunning Group B RS200 turbo-charged, flame-spitting machine. There will also be Cosworth-powered rally and race-bred cars on track including the Sierra RS500 and Mk II Escort.
The atmosphere of celebration continues with further anniversaries set to be marked at Ford Power Live. The popular Ford Puma was launched 20 years ago and several examples of the diminutive coupé will be demonstrated, many of which will be the rare Racing Puma edition. They'll be followed by parades from the Focus ST170 and Mondeo ST220, both in their 15th year.
Finally, a selection of classics will delve further into Ford's past, with highly-modified creations including an Anglia, three Capris, an original Escort and a racing Mustang.
In addition to these demonstrations on Snetterton's infield 100 circuit, overlooked by panoramic spectator banks, there will be a Ford Power trackday on the 200 perimeter layout, open to anything badged with the famous Blue Oval. Ford owners can book their place by visiting the event website and only a handful of places remain available.
The festival feel at Ford Power Live will extend away from the track, as Snetterton will be filled with Ford displays, with 21 clubs taking part in the event and over 500 cars already committed to be on show. There will also be a special parking area for Ford cars, and other attractions are set to include monster truck rides, a funfair, radio-controlled racing, live music and more.
Tickets for Ford Power Live are on sale for £15, with free admission for under-13s. For more information or to book, including trackday details, club stands and discounts, call 0843 453 9000 or click here: http://www.fordpowerlive.co.uk/tickets/
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