Silverstone Classic is simply the world’s biggest classic motor-racing festival. Now in its 22nd year, the event is packed with excitement and adrenaline. As well as more than 7,000 classic cars on display, there’ll be 24 races throughout the weekend, including:
- Masters F1
- World Sports Car Masters
- Pre ’66 Gentleman Drivers’ GT Cars
- Formula Junior
- HGPCA Front Engine GP Cars Pre ‘61
- HGPCA Rear Engine GP Cars Pre ‘66
- U2TC Under Two Litre Touring Cars
- Pre ’63 GT
- 1973-1999 Touring Cars (90s Super Touring and 80s Group A Touring)
- 50s Sports Cars
- Celebrity Race in Morgans
This year sees the Silverstone Classic sponsored by the AA which brings certain benefits such as free breakdown cover to all attending during the festival and special discounts of 10% off ticket prices for existing AA members. Located at the famous Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, following on from the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, the Silverstone Classic has already established itself as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival – and this summer’s event is all set to break yet more records. In Silverstone’s National and new International Wing pits and paddock complexes you will be able to see more than 800 of the world’s finest historic racing cars with a packed schedule of races all staged on the full Grand Prix circuit. Plus on the infields there will be more than 7,000 classic cars displayed over the weekend with marques celebrating important milestones in their histories.
At the Silverstone Classic there will be no fewer than 24 races, many boasting full 58-car grids. Included amongst these races are some of the finest historic racing cars covering more than eight halcyon decades, a race organised by the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) which features no fewer than 100 Grand Prix cars plus spectacular grids of Le Mans, GT, Group C, Jaguar E-types, Sports and Touring cars providing the very best of nostalgic race action. Then there’s the return of the Jaguar E-type Challenge as well as new races for mighty Formula 5000 and giant-killing F2 single-seaters and a unique ‘tin top’ race showcasing the cream of the front-runners from European, British and German Touring Car championships spanning the years from 1975 to 1999. You will also get to see a one off special ‘celebrity’ race with contestants from all forms of media, such as: Chemmy Alcott (Olympic skier/ITV Dancing On Ice); Heston Blumenthal (award winning chef); Julia Bradbury (BBC Countryfile presenter); Steve Bull (ex-England football star); ‘Comedy Dave’ Vitty (BBC Radio 1); Brendan Cole (BBC Strictly Come Dancing); Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale); Vicky Gomersall (Sky Sports presenter); Tony Hirst (Coronation Street); Brian Johnson (AC/DC rocker); Sir Patrick Stewart (film and stage actor) and Jo Wood (lifestyle guru). As in 2011, the stars will be lining up on a grid of competition-prepared Morgan race cars. Funds raised will support the Bobby Moore Fund, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and both Crohns and Colitis charities.
Other highlights include live rock concerts, staged on both Friday and Saturday evenings. This year’s impressive line-up includes chart-toppers Adam Ant and Mike & the Mechanics plus guitar ‘supergroup’ Snakecharmer. To get everyone in the right party mood Roy G Hemmings’ Motown Show and the Taking Care of Elvis Show are also on the bill. In addition AA World boasts its own live music shows, while the popular all-female Tetra Electra Quartet will perform amplified arrangements of classical favourites on Sunday afternoon.