The 2012 Silverstone Classic powered by the AA is set to be even more spectacular than ever before, with its heady mix of beautiful cars and awesome rock and roll making this the very best weekend of rocking and racing that you will get anywhere in the world
With more than 1100 of the world’s finest classic competition cars entering a remarkable mix of superb races on the Grand Prix circuit, last year’s Silverstone Classic was the biggest motor sport event ever staged on earth. Now the introduction of two new grids means that the event is even bigger with special showdowns for super touring cars and awesome F5000 and F2 single-seaters lining up alongside established crowd favourites such as Group C Le Mans prototypes and DFV-powered F1 cars.
In excess of 7000 classic cars will be displayed by more than 120 car clubs, many marking significant anniversaries. This year’s standout tributes include 50th birthday parties for a number of famous British sportscars including the MGB, AC Cobra, Lotus Elan, Triumph Spitfire and Ferrari F40.
And live music shows on Friday and Saturday evenings will see classic pop and rock bands strutting their stuff with Adam Ant and Mike and the Mechanics topping the 2012 bill.
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There's a whole pile of things to keep you entertained, both on and off the track.
Keep reading to find out what's in store at Silverstone Classic 2012.
There are two new exciting grids for 2012. The first is the very popular Super Touring Cars from the 70s, 80s, & 90s. They can be relied upon for extreme door handle to door handle racing. The other is the ground shaking F5000 cars. These mighty V8s sound fabulous. Returning by public demand are the amazing Group C Le Mans Prototypes and over 100 Grand Prix cars covering over 40 years of the F1 era. The Sports and GT cars are not left out with races featuring Jaguars, Ferraris, Maseratis, Aston Martins, Cobras, Lotus and many more of the finest historic race cars. In total over 800 rare and important race cars will take part valued at more than £300m making it the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.
The In-Field Classic Car Displays
This year over 100 car club clubs will present their members classic cars with over 7,000 expected across the weekend. The event sees major 50th anniversary celebrations for the MGB, AC cobra and Lotus Elan. And for the first time in the UK the BMW Owners Club will hold a Z-Fest. This will be a gathering of 100s of the Z1, Z3,Z4 & Z8 models.
There are many more in-field attractions with Harley-Davidson displays, a vintage fun fair, aerobic displays, a retail village, steam engines, rally car rides, street car shoot outs, go-karts, lawnmower racing, trial biking demos and more.
A brand new feature that allows the whole family to have a driving experience. In particular children over 12 years (1.52m/4.9ft) tall can take a first drive in a dual control learner car (fully insured, no previous experience needed). Older drivers can try their hand on the skid pan and there will be hot laps on the Stowe Race Circuit. If you are not in a car there are lots of interactive games. The AA will also present The Grand Tour featuring 250 classic cars that will be starting from various points around the UK and converging on AA World at the three day festival.
All AA customers can receive an extra 10% off prevailing ticket prices.
The event is about Rocking and Racing so there will be live music on stage for Friday with Mike and The Mechanics and for Saturday Adam Ant. Many more support acts will be confirmed soon.
New for 2012 is the Snoozebox hotel. A 200 plus hotel installed on site. This together with the new Woodlands campsite next to the circuit mean you do not have to miss a thing by making this a true festival experience.
Silverstone Classic is so big that you're going to struggle to see everything, so we've picked out some of our other favourite things on offer this year:
High class aerobatic displays and parachute free falls
A visit to the fabulous new ‘Silverstone Wing’ pit complex
Super retail shopping area with art, antiques, books, models, clothing, accessories, automobilia & more
Free Period Fun Fair alongside other inexpensive extreme rides
Live demonstrations such as rally cars and street cars
Village green with outdoor seating, big screen and delicious food and bar offering
Steam traction rally and working displays
Pampering including pedicures, manicures, hair-styling, massaging and even face-painting for the kids
Hot laps on Stowe Circuit in manufacturer’s demonstration cars
The British Lawnmower Racing Association running the Lawnmower G.P.