Chipping Norton’s Walkinshaw returns to restoration

Silverstone Classic Media Day 2016, Silverstone Circuit, Northants, England. 27th April, 2016 Fergus Walkinshaw and the Range Rover for restoration by ebay. (Courtesy Jakob Ebrey) NNL-170328-182747001
Silverstone Classic Media Day 2016, Silverstone Circuit, Northants, England. 27th April, 2016 Fergus Walkinshaw and the Range Rover for restoration by ebay. (Courtesy Jakob Ebrey) NNL-170328-182747001
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Fergus Walkinshaw, son of the late motorsport giant Tom Walkinshaw, will trade in his helmet for a hammer and his race wear for ratchets as he confirms his appearance at this year’s Silverstone Classic as part of Restoration Live.

During last year’s event Mr Wilkinshaw, 25, from Chipping Norton, masterminded the restoration of a car using only parts found on internet auction site eBay.

Mr Wilkinshaw led a team of engineers to restore an iconic first-generation Range Rover at last year’s event, guiding the audience through every step of the process, as part of Restoration Live.

This year he will be repeating the feat, with a yet to be chosen vehicle, at the event which runs from July 28 to 30.

Last year saw the team easily obtain everything they needed from the Internet to fully restore the Range Rover but completing the task came down to the wire, finishing the vehicle with five minutes to spare,.

Mr Wilkinson said: “It’s brilliant to bring a car back that’s near enough on the brink of wanting to be scrapped.

“To bring it back to near concourse level and go back out on the road and continue to be hugely enjoyed is wonderful.

“I’ve been to the Silverstone Classic for the last four years, and each year the spectacle just grows and grows.”

Following the vehicle’s completion Mr Wilkinson held an open question and answer session hosted by car trader turned TV presenter Mike Brewer.

Mr Wilkinson said: “The atmosphere at Silverstone is just brilliant, the number of fans who come out is just incredible, everyone comes out to support cars they love and drivers they love.

He added: “We had to be so meticulous and everything had to be done to a tight time schedule, but once that’s set in place, it ran pretty smoothly.

“We had a couple of unexpected hiccoughs, but managed to get back on track.”

The Silverstone Classic features historic motor racing, track parades, infield displays from over 100 car clubs , plus interactive driving activities.

To find out more about the event click here.