Rock legend tops poll to discover the best ever rock guitarist
Lucky voter wins a ‘dream’ Gibson SGJ guitar
Further Gibson guitars to be won at the Silverstone Classic
Silverstone Classic fans have hailed Eric Clapton CBE as the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music. Voters placed Clapton ahead of other guitar legends Jimmy Page, Slash, Angus Young, Pete Townshend and Keith Richards in a special on-line poll hosted on the official Silverstone Classic website (www.SilverstoneClassic.com).
Although renowned as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the annual Silverstone Classic is equally famous for its hugely popular live music concerts staged on both Friday and Saturday evenings – hence the event’s ‘Rocking and Racing’ motto and the significance of this poll. In recent years these have included a host of celebrated artists including Suzi Quattro, Mike + The Mechanics, Santana and the Yardbirds, the band with which ‘Slowhand’ Clapton originally came to fame.
“In total, nearly two thousand votes were cast and it’s clear from the results that Silverstone Classic fans are just as knowledgeable about classic rock guitarists as they are about classic racing cars,” said Nick Wigley, Event Director. “I’m sure they will enjoy this year’s amazing line up of rocking and racing which includes The Hollies plus some of Europe’s top tribute bands playing the music of Pink Floyd, The Eagles and Guns N Roses as well as 24 fabulous races for the world’s finest racing cars from past generations. I’m not sure what sounds best: the roar of a Ferrari V12 or a well-known Gibson guitar riff.”
Silverstone Classic’s exciting partnership with Gibson Brands not only puts the spotlight on the performing bands but also has given this year’s festival goers a chance to win one of three amazing Gibson SGJ guitars.
The first of these fabulous prizes has already been awarded to a lucky Londoner – Hari Denton – who was drawn from those voting in the on-line poll. He will be presented with his Gibson SGJ guitar on the main stage at Silverstone on Saturday 27 July.
"I am absolutely chuffed to bits,” said the delighted Denton. “To own a real Gibson Guitar is a dream come true for me – they are legendary and I love them. Watching Angus Young rocking the hell out of his got me hooked; in my book Angus and his SG are unbeatable. Clapton was my other choice as I knew he would be popular. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on my prize, and at the Silverstone Classic no less!.“
Two additional Gibson SGJ guitars can be won by those entering a special draw taking place at the Gibson Brands Experience in the Shopping Village at the Silverstone Classic (26-28 July). What’s more, visitors to the Silverstone Classic can also visit the Gibson Brands Experience to learn guitar riffs, perform on a cyberstage and see guitar demonstrations throughout the day. Gibson USA 2013 Guitars, Cerwin Vega and Gibson Gear will be showcased too.
All tickets to the 2013 Silverstone Classic – which must be purchased in advance – give access to the classic racing, classic car displays and classic concerts. Adult admittance is from just £35 (plus fees) and, following the event’s widely acclaimed ‘access all areas’ policy, all tickets include free entrance to racing paddocks, trackside grandstands and all live music concerts. Considerable savings are on offer for festival-goers spending the full rocking and racing weekend at Silverstone.