Coined as the ‘World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival’, the annual Silverstone Classic hits the tracks this summer on the 25th, 26th and 27th of July. A three day festival of classic motors and classic music, this years programme looks set to be the most explosive to date.
The Silverstone Classic celebrates the automotive world with a yearly line up of races, displays and demonstrations. 2014 will host a jam packed racing schedule with grids dedicated to categories of Formula One, GT, ‘Le Mans’ prototype, sports and touring cars. Qualifying laps for each grid take place on Friday 25th with races being held over the Saturday and Sunday. The Classic is also home to the UK’s biggest car club convention, with over 9,000 cars on display in 2013 of every make, model and era imaginable. The programme also hosts the growingly popular street car demonstrations, pitting the best monster engines against each other in a classic style street race. This years event will feature heavily the beloved Ford Mustang in a celebration of its UK 50th anniversary.
When the light becomes too dim to admire the classic motors, Silverstone turns its attention to classic music. This years line up showcases renowned tribute bands to the Eagles and Aerosmith as well as the fantastically soulful Motown covers band ‘Signed, Sealed & Delivered’. Friday nights headlining act comes in the form of Woodstock legends ‘Canned Heat’ in their only UK performance this year, whilst Saturday evening sees international lady of rock, Bonnie Tyler, take centre stage.
Located on a WWII airfield, Silverstone is the perfect location for some of the country’s finest displays of aerial acrobatics. The weekends schedule features a display from two WWII P51 Mustangs, plus an aerial extravaganza from the ‘Wildcat Aerobatics’ display team. Somewhat closer to the ground, motorcar mastermind Mike Brewer, presenter of the Discovery Channels ‘Wheeler Dealers’ and all round automotive aficionado, will be holding live clinics throughout the weekend as well as a live ‘Meet and Great’ session on the main stage on the last day of the festival. The Silverstone auction will once again take place on the Saturday, whilst those looking to take home something a little less extravagant can browse to their hearts content the some 150 exhibitors trading in the Shopping Village.
Ideally located a half hours drive from the Watford Gap Days Inn, Silverstone is easily accessible, taking the A43 southbound off the M1. Gates open to the grounds every day at 7:30am so it is advisable to leave early to avoid traffic. Tickets for the Silverstone Classic are available in 3 day weekend, 2 day option and single day tickets with a range of access options from standard to VIP, full details of which can be found on the Silverstone Classic website.