Happy New Year and brace yourself for a classic 2019!
As with every New Year, the anticipation of the forthcoming classic season heralds the usual petrolhead excitement.
Milestones, anniversaries and motoring magnificence are pencilled into classic calendars, especially this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).
Honouring the automotive history like no other, this traditional event pays homage by offering a mouth-watering feast of dedicated retro races, massive eye-catching car club displays and glittering on-track parades that have been saluted with multiple Guinness World Records.
Recent years have witnessed many spectacular and record-breaking processions including Jaguars, fabulous Ferrari F40s, evergreen Porsche 911s, Jaguar XJ220 supercars and even the odd McLaren or ten!
Plans for a number of bedazzling birthday races and other anniversary celebrations will be announced over the next few weeks. In the meantime, though, more than 110 car clubs have already registered to display at the 2019 Classic and many of these will be honouring significant marque and model landmarks in July.
The Bentley Drivers Club will be out in force, celebrating the centenary of the prestigious luxury brand founded in 1919 by the legendary W.O. Bentley in Cricklewood, north London. Abarth is another time-honoured company boasting both distinguished road and racing car pedigrees – its 70th birthday will be marked in style at the Classic by the Abarth Owners Club.
Marcos and Mini clubs will be hosting Diamond Jubilee birthday parties as their cherished icons hit 60 in 2019, while gold is the colour for both the Ford Capri and Triumph TR6 – two endearing sixties sportscars born exactly 50 years before the summer’s Classic, and still with passionate followings today.
Although from a slightly more modern era, the BMW Z1 and Mazda MX-5 are two models not only much-loved by enthusiasts but also with strong regular presences at the Classic – more so this year as both evocative two-seater idols will be turning 30 in 2019.
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Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO, said:
“Whether it’s on or off the track, the Classic is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of motoring history, with more than 10,000 magical cars from yesteryear on show over three jam-packed days,” enthused . “But while the unrivalled numbers are impressive, it’s the special automotive anniversaries that always add extra sparkle each year… and in 2019 we have some real jewels to celebrate. The cars are the stars at the Classic!”
Further details on the clubs registered to date and information on the process for car clubs wishing to apply for registration, are available here.
All admission tickets also grant access to a selection of trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings, both racing paddocks plus the vast majority of the fun-fuelled family entertainment on offer at the ‘rocking and racing’ Classic.