This summer’s Silverstone Classic will build on the record breaking success of the 2015 special Silver Jubilee extravaganza which attracted more than 100,000 visitors for the first time in the stand-out event’s 25-year history.
The ever-growing appeal of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, staged at Britain’s premier motorsport venue, powers a virtuous circle which will see even better visitor attractions and facilities in 2016.
The number of big screens, which ensure everyone gets to view the thrilling action right around the full Grand Prix circuit, is being doubled from four to eight with the additional screens positioned to enhance viewing from the grandstands. Moreover, further grandstands (many offering covered seating) are being opened – including some at Becketts – and there will be improved access and viewing for disabled visitors at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts. This year live performances will include The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers and West Country rockers, Reef.
The quality and choice of catering is being enhanced, too, with more than 80 different options for families seeking the very best choice of sustenance and refreshment while lapping up the atmosphere at Silverstone. The famous Scarf and Goggles pub will also return having been successfully reintroduced last July in celebration of the 25th anniversary.
All these enhancements come by popular demand following an online survey offered to all last summer’s visitors. The event received a fantastic response, with more than nine out of ten giving the Classic a massive ‘thumbs up’ saying they’d recommend it to their friends and describing the circuit racing as ‘good or excellent’.
“The feedback re-affirmed what everyone loves about the Classic: the free paddock access; the ability to meet the drivers; the relaxed atmosphere and the unrivalled variety of the racing,” reported Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events. “It also showed what visitors would like even more of – an even wider choice of grandstands, more big screens, a greater selection of food and improved disabled facilities at our hugely popular concerts. I’m delighted to say we will be providing all of those – and lots more – this summer.”
The survey also revealed that more than half of those attending the Silverstone Classic now share this world class, three-day festival with their families – a result of the notable increase in sparkling entertainment now served up for people of all ages. In recognition of this, there is even an all-new Family ticket available this year, encouraging more parents to experience the non-stop ‘Rocking and Racing’ weekend with their children. The Family ticket includes camping for two adults and two children across the whole weekend and gives a discount of more than 20 per cent on advance tickets that are bought individually.
Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event website – www.silverstoneclassic.com
The Silverstone Classic – which in 2015 celebrated its 25th anniversary – is firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. The epic event attracts more than 1,100 race entries and drew a record crowd of more than 100,000 in 2015. The spectacular classic car celebration – winner of the prestigious ‘Motorsport Event of the Year Award’ as judged by the International Historic Motoring Awards in 2013 – is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The three-day festival features the very best of historic racing covering more than eight decades of motor sport, as well as live music from iconic rock bands (topped by Status Quo in 2015) and a wealth of family entertainment. This includes a free funfair, retail outlets, a host of interactive activities, a two-day classic car auction, air displays plus huge showcases of classic cars often celebrating important milestones in automotive history. In 2015, a record number of 120 car clubs displayed more than 10,000 classic cars. The Silverstone Classic is promoted and organised by Goose Live Events Ltd. Goose manage international events for companies such as AstraZeneca, Harley-Davidson, Bentley, Lamborghini, the Royal Automobile Club and Unilever