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Recipe For Track Success?

Author: James Rudd Published: 14th July 2010 13:48

James Martin, has he got a recipe for track successJames Martin, has he got a recipe for track success

James Martin is one of two world renowned chefs who will line up on the grid for the BSM Centenary Abarth 500 Celebrity Challenge taking place at the Silverstone Classic on Friday 23 July, but the ‘Saturday Kitchen’ host has an advantage over his culinary rival Heston Blumenthal. James is a renowned petrol head with a love of fast cars.
“I’ve actually been along to the Silverstone Classic before.” he says. “I’m into that sort of thing as I own a few classic cars so the event is right up my street. I’m planning to take one of my own cars along there next year to race it, so taking part in the celebrity race this time round is a bit of a warm up for me.”
So how does he think he’ll fare against Heston and the rest of the celebrity line-up?  “I’ve head that Heston’s been getting some sneaky practice in – which is typical of a Three Star Michelin chef!  If he gets his glasses on the right way round he might be OK but he’ll need to put down his test tubes and grab the gearstick if he’s going to keep up – there’s only room for one chef on that podium!” James jokes. “Seriously though, I’m just looking forward to getting out on the track. It’s set to be a great event – and it’s going to raise a bit of money for a great charity too and that’s what it’s really all about."
Lining up alongside James and Heston will be Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell, BBC News presenter Kate Silverton, Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, ex-England football star Luther Blissett, TV presenter Lord Charles Brocket and rocker Rick Parfitt Junior. BBC Radio 2 DJs Johnnie Walker and Richard Allinson and BBC Sport journalist Jonny Saunders from the Chris Evans breakfast show are also competing in the race. Legendary DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris is Team Manager for the star-studded event, which takes place on Friday 23 July.
The celebrities will be racing road-going versions of the fabulous Abarth 500, which will be modified to meet the required safety specification. All the cars will carry the historic ‘Campovolo grey’ racing colours of Carl Abarth together with branding from Britain’s largest and most popular driving school, BSM.
After the race, the cars – known as ‘Abarth 500 Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge Limited Edition' – will be autographed by the drivers who are all raising funds for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. Run in memory of one of Britain's best-loved footballers, the fund raises money for research into bowel cancer.

Tickets: Available in advance via the ticket hotline on 0871 231 0849 or from the official event website www.SilverstoneClassic.com. Adult entrance: £30 Friday; £40 Saturday; £35 Sunday or three-day ticket £80. Children aged between 6 and 16: £5 per day. Those aged five and under: free. Ticket price includes car parking, grandstand seating, paddock access and live music.


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