25th Silverstone Classic draws Record Crowd

Rain of almost biblical proportions failed to dampen the enthusiasm of over 100,000 motorsport fans as the Northampton event celebrated its 25th year of operation at the ‘Home of British Motor Sport’, Silverstone.

As well as the on-circuit action involving cars drawn from over 100 years of racing, visitors viewed the usual mix of static displays, car club gatherings, the famous Silverstone auction (from where a £200,000 Cooper Monaco was bought on Thursday and raced on the Saturday), air displays and a set from rock legends Status Quo on the Saturday evening.

“All in all it has been fantastic weekend” said Event Director Nick Wigley “…there was entertainment right the way from first lights-out to the final chequered flag, while a staggering 120 car clubs all joined in the fun. A big thank you to our brilliant marshals, who dealt with everything the British summer could throw at the circuit with stoicism and a smile.”

Providing courtesy cars to the event were Korean-based SsangYong, who pulled virtually every new vehicle in the country to the event after last year’s provider pulled out a the last minute.

Text and photos: Chris Valentine


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