Last weekend, fans of classic and more contemporary motorsport alike descended on Silverstone for the now annual Silverstone Classic, much more than just a race meeting the Classic offered excellent value for the whole family with plenty of child friendly attractions should the sight and sound of a howling race car not be your thing!
With a packed race card featuring everything from early 60’s single seaters, 60’s sports, GTs and Touring cars right up to the more contemporary Group C and even the “high speed demonstration laps” of the 1990s GT cars.
For me the highlights of the Sunday (the day I attended) however was the 2nd half of the days racing. This included the FIA Historic F1, Historic Group C, (which saw an alarmingly similar scenario of a silver Mercedes disappear from the pack to take an easy victory) the Historic Super Touring Car (complete with a few interlopers in the shape of Sierra Cosworths, Capris, a BMW CSL and a couple of Mk1 Escorts among others) which saw former WTCC champion Rob Huff take victory in a Ford Mondeo, and the 90s GT demonstration, a run which saw the red flag brought out following a clash between a Porsche 911 and Ferrari F40 at Becketts – and these guys weren’t even racing!
Away from the racing there was also the spectacle of the Silverstone Auction where – depending on the depth of your pocket – you could have bid for many exotic classics and a few surprise lots. Around £100k would buy you an ex Blancpain series Lamborghini, whereas an E Type in need of extensive restoration could be landed for around 8-12K based on auction estimates.
Other highlights in the “shopping village” saw all the normal car and motorsport trade stands you would expect to see at this type of event and more, we witnessed the “Rush Mclaren” being sold for nigh on £60k on a trade stand on the infield, couldn’t tell if it was a genuine M23 or the mock up, the price suggests the latter. There were many static displays from the various car clubs up and down the country, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Jaguar featuring here among others.
All in all I would say this is a thoroughly enjoyable event, the perfect companion to the Goodwood Festival of speed, classic cars driven hard, accessible to all, not too costly and always something happening.
Not been? If you love your motorsport but want to get up close to the action I would say this event is very much worth a visit in the future.
The day did, however end on a sad note, Historic racer Denis Welch died on the Sunday night following an incident on the first lap of the Sir Jack Brabham Trophy race for pre 1966 F1 cars.
The thoughts of everyone at Carwitter are with all concerned.