On the last weekend in July around 100,000 visitors came to one of the largest vintage racing events of the season, the Silverstone classic on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The organizers themselves called this event a Festival, for it is here not only about the legends of racing on the track, but also a comprehensive program around the race. Starting with driving a Jaguar F-type in the drift, the possibility of a Range Rover off road adventure or also the Sang Yong football game. In music In the evenings bands such as the Boom Town Rats, the Stranglers and Reef gave their concert in the music arena..
However, the race action was the main atraction. The racing cars in different grids could compete in twenty contests. The memories of the former racing history became alive during the exciting races. The rumble and roar of the V8 and V12 race engines hovered over the arena. An absolute highlight was the Sunday FIA Masters historic F1 race, in which the Formal 1 vehicles from different eras provided a very exciting race. Six Formula 1 cars from the 80s were particularly impressive, driving a tire to tire duel until crossing the finishing line. On the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am series there was a special race on Saturday. True rarities were to be seen, such as the light blue Matra MS650, who could secure a place on the winners platform at the end.
But the racetrack was also the center of some parades. For the 40th anniversary of the launch of the transaxle system the British Porsche Club presented up to 200 vehicles in a convoy along the circuit. The parade runs of the brands Panther, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Allard, Lancia and Westfield, were somewhat smaller but equally impressive.
Some 10,000 private vintage car parked on the meadows around the circuit. The Organizer took this as an opportunity to allow some selected vehicles this year participating at the Concours. Sponsors for this Concours was Autoglym, Classic & Sports Car magazine, Miller Oil and Silverstone Real Ales. Paul O’Keefe won the prize Best of show with his Mercedes-Benz W111 220 Cabriolet. A Jaguar XK120 was awarded the prize for the best unrestored original condition, a Piper P2 received the historic “Classic car price”, the “Judges special award” was given to a Mini Cooper and the audience prize went to a Panther Kallista. The owner of an Abarth 750GT Zagato from Australia was awarded for the longest journey.
A really entertaining highlight was the Sang Yong car football match England versus Germany on Thursday. The English players were sitting in the red cars, the German players in white vehicles. The German team was represented by the former Formula 1 driver Damon Hill (Captain), Johnny Herbert and Anthony Davidson. The result of this game – 3:3 and a cheque for the Prostate Cancer Foundation UK.