Silverstone Classic

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Silverstone Classic
GenreMotoring festival
Venue Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, England
Coordinates 52°04′24″N1°00′53″E / 52.0733°N 1.0147°E / 52.0733; 1.0147 Coordinates: 52°04′24″N1°00′53″E / 52.0733°N 1.0147°E / 52.0733; 1.0147
Country England
InauguratedJuly 1990 (1990-07)
FounderStuart Graham
Most recent2019

The Silverstone Classic is an annual three-day car and race event at the UK's Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. [1] Over a long weekend every July, the event features hundreds of historic race cars in circa 20 races over the weekend, displays from over 100 car clubs with more than 10,000 classic cars, free access to the paddocks and grandstands, interactive activities, dynamic demonstrations, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, a shopping village and lots more.


Founded in 1990, the Silverstone Classic was one of the first of motor sport meetings dedicated entirely to historic racing cars in 2019 it had a crowd of 109,000. The Classic will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020 (31 July – 2 August).


Now entering its 30th year, with more than 1,000 entries.

2019’s Classic programme consisted of 21 retro races and some of the winners were presented with their trophies by racing legends including Jackie Stewart, Gordon Spice, and Paddy Hopkirk.

Both Silverstone’s paddock complexes are used during the weekend of the Classic to accommodate the large number of entrants, with racing taking place out of the National Paddock in the morning and the International Paddock in the afternoon.


2019 (26 to 28 July)

2018 (20 to 22 July)

2017 (28 to 30 July)

2016 (29 to 31 July)

2015 (24 to 26 July)

2014 (25 to 27 July)

2013 (26 to 28 July)

Ferrari F40 25th Anniversary at 2012 Silverstone Classic F40 Ferrari 20090509.jpg
Ferrari F40 25th Anniversary at 2012 Silverstone Classic
2012 (20 to 22 July)




Other attractions

As well as the on-track racing, the Silverstone Classic festival includes live music sets from classic rock and pop bands from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Well known bands to have appeared in recent years include: UB40, Soul II Soul, The Stranglers, Reef, The Boomtown Rats, and the legendary Status Quo in 2015 for the Classic’s 25th anniversary. The line-up for the 30th anniversary celebrations in 2020 is yet to be announced

In addition to numerous trade stands, club displays, live demonstrations, and family activities on the Village Green, car auctions are held at each Silverstone Classic. Since 2011, the auctions have been run by Nick Whale's Silverstone Auctions with over £6m of sales in recent years. [6]

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