“F1 alienates the fans a little bit, but events such as the Silverstone Classic are great at bringing the fans back to motorsport.”

Ross Brawn

2016 is the first year I’ve been to the Silverstone Classic. I have to be honest, I wasn’t much a fan of vintage motorsports just a few years ago. But when I first got to England and spent a weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, everything changed for me. If the Goodwood Festival of Speed is Mt Everest, the the Silverstone Classic must be K2. Over 100,000 people visit this event each year, taking place on the historic grounds of the Silverstone Circuit in Towchester, England. Every single type of racing car you can imagine is here, in top shape, ready to battle it out on the track. If the Goodwood Members Meeting is a hotel buffet, the Silverstone Classic is the buffet at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

I got to see my favorite racing car of ALL TIME, the Silk Cut XJR-14, hauling ass chasing down a competitor. I heard 4 or 5 generations of Formula 1 cars on track, at the same time. I saw a field of 15+ classic F1 cars racing wheel to wheel. I saw priceless Shelby Cobra Daytonas damn near wipe out no doubt priceless Jaguar E-types. How about a hundred Miatas, or Lotus, or TVR, or, or, or? Maybe you’ve never seen a PLETHORA of Lancia Stratos side by side? I saw it all, and it was 2 days of pure automotive relaxation. I used to consider the Goodwood Festival of Speed the best automotive event on the planet. But now I’m sure I was wrong, it surely must be the Silverstone Classic. Maybe I’ll be wrong again, and if I am I can hardly wait. In the meantime, as soon as it’s possible I’ll be getting another weekend pass to the Classic for 2017!

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