After more than three decades of success, The Classic now enjoys its status as the world’s largest historic racing festival, with more than 20 races and over 1000 entries, covering F1, Sports Cars, GT and Touring Cars. All grids can be seen in qualifying action on the Friday, while the races are spread across the Saturday and Sunday. As well as open paddocks there are over 10,000 club cars on display, plus trade areas, fairground rides, auctions and big-name music concerts. If there’s a downside to this huge event it is, of course, the sheer size of the site, and the distance between the track and viewing areas. But that’s Silverstone (and most other F1-eligible tracks) for you – and there’s plenty to make up for it.
Furthering its credentials as one of the UK’s premier fun-fuelled family festivals – as well as the world’s biggest retro racing celebration – The Classic is moving to an exciting new August Bank Holiday date in 2022 (26-28 August). Now three days of bliss.
As ever the record-breaking displays of privately-owned classic cars and unrivalled line-up of retro races from all of motor racing’s golden eras will be right at the heart of The Classic event, with feverish qualifying sessions followed by a programme of spectacular showdowns across three packed days.
Featuring the cream of Europe’s finest historic racing grids, the races will be set on the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, which will also continue to witness massive parades honouring key marque and model milestones.
As well as enhancing its global reputation as the epicentre of historic racing, in recent years The Classic has become a massive family attraction, providing entertainment for all generations to enjoy at the home of British motor racing.
While lovers of automotive nostalgia always revel in all the great competition and road cars from yesteryear, others immerse themselves in the off-track festivities – the vast majority included absolutely free in the price of admission.
Fun fair rides, crazy golf on the buzzing Village Green, dramatic stunt driving displays plus a massive shopping village are now very much part of the supplementary show at The Classic, as is the lure of live music from chart-topping bands.
With so much to enjoy, it is no surprise that record numbers are now turning The Classic into a fashionable ‘staycation’ and spending the entire weekend at Silverstone.
“By switching The Classic to the August Bank Holiday weekend we are expanding what’s already an incredible family festival to create a fabulous end-of-summer celebration,” explained Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic’s promoter Goose Live Events. “Holiday weekends are always very special and now The Classic will offer both petrolheads and fun-lovers a brilliant opportunity to maximise the much-loved three-day break.”
More details on The Classic 2022 on their website and do not forget to enter our competition and follow us on social media to be in will be chance of winning a pair of tickets to the Silverstone Classic.
Full coverage of this year’s Classic are available on the event’s YouTube channel and two highlight programmes hosted by Tiff Needell and Nicki Shields are also available on the ITV Hub. How cool is that.
See you there…