Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire are hosting the Silverstone Classic from the 20-22 July. It is firmly established as the largest classic motor racing festival in the world with a record attendance in 2011 of 80,000.
The paddock and pits complexes at both the new International Wing and the National are to be utilised to hold over 800 world-renowned historic racing cars that will race on all of the Grand Prix circuit. In addition over 7,000 classic cars will be on display on the infield.
There will be air displays, rally car rides, live rock concerts, celebrity race, and vintage fun fair. Advance ticket sales have hit a new record being 31% more than last year.
“The Silverstone Classic just gets bigger and better every year with even more for all ages to see and do” said Nick Wigley, Event Director at Silverstone’s media preview on Wednesday 9th May. ‘The quality and quantity of our grids and car club displays is second to none while our new partnership with the AA is playing a significant role in extending the event‘s massive appeal to an even wider family audience. We thought last year’s blockbuster was going to be hard to match but, with so many unmissable highlights already confirmed, it’s clear that this summer’s festival is going to be the best yet.”
The 2012 Silverstone Classic is scheduled to run 24 races featuring at least 100 Grand Prix cars plus GT, Le Mans, Jaguar E-types, Group C and many more.
The Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge will see many well known stars of music, TV, sport etc putting on race suits to compete in Morgan sports cars.
This year sees the introduction of the AA World motoring theme park that will provide free driving experiences in a huge range of vehicles for toddlers through to adults.
AA President, Edmund King, said: “AA World will get the whole family involved in the fun of driving from Roary The Racing Car for toddlers to hot laps and skid-pan sessions for the grown-ups. And pre-driving age teenagers will be able to get behind the wheel of an AA driving school Ford Focus for a first drive at Silverstone. Personally I believe Drive.Live. In conjunction with AA World will be fantastic fun – a rolling motor show providing visitors with passenger and hot lap driving experiences. Already those signed up include Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati and Morgan and there’s going to be lots more. It’s a real opportunity for visitors to have a go in those cars. AA World will be thrilling free fun for all the family and will put 100 per cent enjoyment back into motoring. “
Advance tickets for the 2012 Silverstone Classic cost from as little as £35 that provides access to all events etc.
If you are driving to Silverstone in your classic car make sure you have it covered with classic car insurance.