Travel: 21 Photos Of The Thrilling Silverstone Classic

21 Photos Of The Thrilling Silverstone Classic

By Nat Twiss
August 3, 2016

Photography by Nat Twiss

Besides the British Grand Prix, which is the UK round of the Formula 1 World Championship, this classic car event is the biggest event on the calendar for the biggest circuit in the country. It’s as impressive as it sounds, too: more than a hundred thousand people descend on Silverstone for the Classic to watch these old beasts race. If there’s one thing to take away, it’s that the passion for vintage racers is stronger than ever.

And really, why wouldn’t that be the case? Last month, this circuit was also packed, but to see those cars race the spectators had to spend hundreds upon hundreds of pounds, and were constrained to their grandstands or designated viewing points…and don’t even start to talk about the ‘deficient auditory experience’ of modern racing cars.

A month later, you can walk right to the pit garages, hear the cars fire up, talk to the drivers. The food stalls and live music isn’t bad too, but let’s be honest, we’re here for the cars. Want to watch each race from a different point on the circuit? Go ahead.

Have fun, don’t take it too seriously, at least if you’re not the one behind the wheel. The drivers? Race as if your life depended on it, forget the price tag: you’re here to win.

What was your favorite part of this year’s Classic?

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6 years ago

SIlverstone Classic is a real motoring event, and by that I mean you have access to pretty much all areas, you can get down and dirty with the teams and cars in the pits and get as close as you want. Free grandstands also allow great views of the action. For me though I’m there to see the Classic TVRs race, I love to see them blast past most of the other exotic machines on track

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt
6 years ago
Reply to  r3ump

Must make sure I take the family next year to see the TVR’s

6 years ago

It was a fantastic weekend, some epic races. Took our Aston DB MK III and loved every minute!