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Sir Patrick Stewart OBE to race Austin cars at Silverstone Classic

2 May 2017

Hollywood actor, Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, is set to become a racing driver, aged 76, competing in his first race at Silverstone Classic in July.

After passing his ARDS racing driver test at the Silverstone Motorsport Academy, the Star Trek actor will now compete in a special celebrity challenge Trophy Race taking place at the show in July.

The 76-year-old Hollystar star, famously playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek as well as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series, will be racing at Silverstone in competition-prepared Austin A30 and A35 saloons from the 50s.

Stewart will be competing against other celebrities including Olympic gold medalists Mark Hunter MBE, Jason Kenny CBE, Greg Searle MBE, former England test cricket captain Mike Gatting OBE and Dragon’s Den TV star Theo Paphitis.

Stewart said: “For someone who has followed motor racing since being a teenager, to drive around Silverstone and negotiate such legendary corners as Becketts and Stowe is just such a thrill.”

Austin A30 and A35 saloons
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

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