Silverstone Classic 2016

Date: 29 July, 2016

Location: Silverstone Village, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TN

Few events are more worthy of the word “classic” than this eagerly awaited barnstormer.

The Silverstone Classic (July 29-31) promises both top-class racing and rocking music.

The Northamptonshire circuit plays host to what organisers claim is the largest festival of classic motor racing.

It boasts 1,000 competitors and plenty of demos and races. The racing includes delights such as the FIA Masters Historic Formula 1; international pre-1966 Classic GT racing; and the Maserati Trophy for HGPCA pre-1966 Grand Prix motors.

Retro Runs and Can-Am celebrations
Fancy driving your car on a lap round the legendary Northants circuit? Well, now you can. It’s part of a non-competitive event for drivers of cars manufactured before 1996.

Retro entry includes two adult three-day passes to the Classic, parking, a rally plaque, a parade lap on the Sunday (July 31) after Saturday’s run.

It also includes Stowe House free entry and a hot drink as well as admission to the British Motor Museum with a beverage. There are two routes from which to choose - either 60 or 100 miles.

The noise of Can-Am machines was originally compared to that of rolling thunder. They were lightweight cars and heavyweight speedsters competing across the US and Canada. This year the race series celebrates its golden jubilee and the Classic will be staging a double-header showcase over the weekend. The only rule seems to be that there are no rules.

Don’t leave without…
• Catching the Silverstone Classic Sale: Whether modern sports cars, classics, automobile or bikes are your bag, there will be a sumptuous array of items to bid for

• Rocking with the Rats: The Boomtown Rats are headlining Friday night’s live music line-up. Sir Bob Geldof‘s band had a string of hits from 1977-1985, including Banana Republic, Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mondays. They will be supported by Elton John and Thin Lizzy tribute bands

• Enjoying the myriad club stands: There’s something for everybody here, from the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club to the Panther Car Club

• Sampling the Shopping Village: Everything you need to indulge your automobile retail therapy is here: memorabilia, vintage fashion and accessories, models and toys, books, restoration services, car parts and auto-jumble

Get a ticket
Adult tickets cost from £35 on the Friday. A combined pass for all three days is £99. Children (6-16) pay from £6 on the Friday.