Honda Yuasa Racing star Gordon Shedden led a breathtaking parade of racing cars yesterday (21 August), as the tin-top hotshot drove his BTCC Honda Civic Tourer across the iconic Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.
A huge crowd looked on as a carefully selected array of stars and cars were invited to cross the public bridge ahead of this weekend’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship event at Knockhill.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of racing legend Jim Clark’s BTCC crown – the same year in which the Forth Road Bridge was opened to the public – home favourite Shedden crossed the bridge in his modern-day Civic Tourer alongside the 1964 title-winning machine of Clark.
The event kicked off the festival atmosphere in fine style ahead of Shedden’s home race weekend, and now his attentions turn to the serious stuff as he looks to close the gap on championship leader Colin Turkington.
‘Flash’ is especially keen to put in a strong home performance as Knockhill is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and there could be no better way to start the weekend than with this amazing parade.
The 2012 champion said:
“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s great for Honda to be here as a part of this special moment. I’ve won every single touring car race in my career in a Honda. We’ve brought something different and special to the championship this year with the Civic Tourer, and we’ve proved that it’s a competitive package at every event.
“The home support will definitely give me a boost and spur me on to score some good results this weekend!
“To drive across the Forth Road Bridge in a race car is incredible enough, but to do it in the company of Jim Clark’s championship-winning Cortina and a few of his other cars is very special. It’s special for Scottish motor sport as well – only three of us have won the BTCC and two of us are here today! I’m sure Jimmy will be looking down on us with a smile on his face thinking it’s pretty cool as well!”
All the action from Knockhill will be broadcast live and in high-definition on ITV4 on Sunday, 24 August. The three BTCC races get underway at 11:45, 14:15 and 17:05.