25-27 July 2014
Reviewed by Ben Jones
Rain, mud and not very good facilities. I’m glad to report that we encountered none of these during our recent visit to the circuit for the Silverstone Historic weekend.
The circuit has undergone major changes since I was last here many years ago and whereas before you got the idea it remained on the F1 calendar purely because of its racing heritage, it’s now a bona fide world class facility with impressive new pits, parking and paddock areas.
We’ve been to the Lemans Historic which along with the Goodwood revival are probably the leading two events of this type. From what we saw over the weekend though, this is up there with the class of cars and atmosphere. Everywhere you went there was something different which also means it appeals to maybe the less car-mad ‘other-halves’ who otherwise might get bored after a while. The large turn out from the car owners clubs was also quite impressive, heaven to a car nut like myself!
In-between races there were events on stage, demonstrations on track, stunt planes… you name it. You never felt a lull in the entertainment and if you did want to take time out there were plenty of areas to sit, chill out, grab some food and a drink. None of this queuing up 30 minutes for an over-priced cardboard burger, there was a genuine variety with most tastes catered for.
The other pleasing aspect to the weekend was the accessibility of the whole thing. I understand you can’t have open pits at a Formula One event so it’s very refreshing to find that the whole pits were completely open to wander around in. You really can get up close and personal with the cars, mechanics and drivers which made for a really great atmosphere. The highlight of the weekend for me was standing down in the pits watching a ridiculously valuable line up of 90’s GT cars fire up and then head off to the track. I was a bit deaf and a bit high on octane fumes afterwards but it was well worth it!
As I said earlier, it isn’t just aimed at car enthusiasts, the whole family has been catered for with a large children’s activity area and a shopping ‘village’ . We were so impressed we have already put a placeholder in next year’s diary to come back with our two young twins.
For more information visit www.silverstoneclassic.com. Tickets will be on sale from November for the 2015 Silverstone Classic.
Silverstone Circuit. Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN