Bumper 1,000+ entry in 24 superb races at Silverstone Classic

ANOTHER CLASSIC RECORD BREAKER!

Special AC Cobra, Ferrari, Lotus Elan and MGB celebrations

New interactive AA World launched by Nigel Mansell, CBE

This weekends (20-22 July) Silverstone Classic powered by the AA will be the most entertaining and action-packed yet. Staged on the world famous Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit just two weeks after the Santander Formula 1 British GP, the event is already established as the worlds biggest classic motor racing festivaland 2012s edition is all set to break yet more records. Once again both Silverstones National and new International Wing pits and paddock complexes will be maximised to house hundreds of the worlds finest historic racing cars which will be competing in a packed schedule of 24 races on the full GP track.

With more than 1,000 entries the non-stop on-track entertainment showcases the full spectrum of motor sport history with huge grids featuring a mouth-watering array of Grand Prix, GT, Le Mans, single-seater, sports and touring cars spanning more than seven decades of epic circuit racing history.

Adding to the spectacle more than 7,000 classic cars will be displayed during the weekend on the Silverstone infield with many hallowed marques celebrating important milestones in their evocative histories. Notably the busy Sunday schedule includes a world record parade of 70 Ferrari F40s to mark the stunning supercars 25th birthday.

The Silverstone Classic powered by the AA just gets bigger and better every year with more and more attractions to entertain those of all generations, confirmed Nick Wigley, Event Director. Once again the event has attracted a stunning entry with many of the race grids heavily oversubscribed. This years car club displays are going to be very special, too, with so many significant motoring anniversaries being celebrated at Silverstone. Moreover our exciting new partnership with the AA has extended the festivals massive appeal still further by offering a great range of interactive driving experiences for those of all ages. Indeed, with so much to see and do its no surprise that our advanced ticket sales are running at unprecedented levels and we are looking forward to welcoming a record crowd.

SILVERSTONE CLASSIC: FACT FILE 

2011: A RECORD BREAKER

With a total of 1,104 race entries the 2011 Silverstone Classic is believed to have been the biggest race meeting ever staged in the world, while the 80,000 attendance was unprecedented in the events recent history. Last years Classic also established a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Jaguar cars when 767 E-types took to the track to celebrate the iconic British sportscars 50th birthday.

NON-STOP ON-TRACK ACTION

The 2012 Silverstone Classic will witness no fewer than 24 races, many boasting full 58-car grids. The impressive line-up includes the finest historic racing cars covering more than eight halcyon decades. The wide-ranging race card features no fewer than 100 Grand Prix cars plus spectacular grids of Le Mans, GT, Group C, Jaguar E-types, sports and touring cars providing the very best of nostalgic race action. Among many highlights is the re-birth of the Daily Express International Trophy, one of the most famous prizes in motor racing history. Past winners include greats such as Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill. This revived race will be for F1 cars from the Seventies and Eighties. 

SHOWBIZ STARS AT WARP SPEED

A special celebrity race starring famous faces from the high-profile worlds of music, sport, media and show business is now an annual attraction. Those donning race suits and helmets include: Heston Blumenthal; Brian Johnson; Comedy Dave Vitty; Jay Kay; Brendan Cole; Steve Bull; Andrew Castle and Sir Patrick Stewart as well as TV soap stars representing Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale. As in 2011, all the stars will be lining up on a grid of competition-prepared Morgan racing cars.

DEDICATED RACES

Special races dedicated to the memory of two of motor sports most respected figures, Peter Gethin and Alan Mann, will be among this years highlights. The Peter Gethin Memorial Trophy is dedicated to the memory of F5000 racing legend Peter Gethin who passed away in December while the Alan Mann Trophy hails the achievements of Alan Mann whose Alan Mann Racing team was revered in touring and sportscar racing circles in the Sixties. Although Mann passed away in March of this year many of his evocative red and gold cars are still competing today.

AA WORLD

Backed by the Automobile Associationthe UKs biggest motoring organisationAA World is perhaps the most significant new attraction for 2012. Based right at the heart of the venue, this new motoring theme park will be the UKs largest interactive motoring attraction for all ages from Roary The Racing Car and Wacky Wheelers for toddlers and children to a taste of driving at Silverstone for under-17s. AA World will be opened by 1992 Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell, CBE at noon on Friday 20 July. 

FIELDS OF GOLD

The Silverstone Classic is one of the must-see events in the diary of every car enthusiastthats why the event has become a major highlight on the calendars of more than 120 motor clubs. During the weekend more than 7,000 classic cars will be on show.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENTS

This summer car clubs will be celebrating special milestones in model, marque or their own histories, notably golden anniversaries for the Lotus Elan, Triumph Spitfire and AC Cobra. The Silverstone Classic has also been selected by the MGB50 Committee as one of just three official celebrations to mark 50 years of the much-loved MGB.

FORZA FERRARI

A world record gathering of mouth-watering Ferrari F40s (numbering 70 and counting) will celebrate 25 years of the idolised Italian supercarrated by many to be the Prancing Horses greatest creationwith a special parade on Sunday. 

Z-CARS: THE SEQUEL

The UKs first-ever BMW Z-fest will be staged at this weekends Silverstone Classic. Organised by the official BMW Car Club GB, the nations inaugural Z-fest will see many hundreds of BMWs popular Z1, Z3, Z4 and Z8 sportscars on display. 

ROCK FESTIVAL FEVER

Living up to its Rocking and Racing tag, the Silverstone Classic is renowned for its live rock concerts staged on both Friday and Saturday evenings. This years impressive line-up includes chart-toppers Adam Ant and Mike & the Mechanics.

GOING, GOING, GONE

For those wanting to buy a classic road or racing car, Silverstone Auctions is staging a special sale in the venues stunning Wing building. A wide range of desirable cars and automobilia will be going under the hammer with viewing on Friday and Saturday mornings before the bidding starts at midday on the Saturday (21 July). With classic car sales running at record levels the auction is certain to generate huge interest from both collectors and market observers.  

FLAT OUT FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Theres so much more fun for all ages to enjoy at the Silverstone Classic with a vintage fun fair, go-karts, aerial displays with wing walkers, the Parachute Regiment The Red Devils, hot air balloons, Punch and Judy (celebrating 350 years), rally car and 4x4 experiences plus giant TV screens showing all the on-track action. There is even a pampering centre plus a retail village with nearly 200 exhibitors presenting a wide range of autojumble, automobilia, art, jewellery, books, videos and gifts for everyone.

ACCESS ALL AREAS

Another traditional Silverstone Classic forte is its widely-praised access all areas policy. General admission tickets include FREE entrance to all live music shows, AA World, trackside grandstand seating and both the International and Wing pits and paddock complexes. Adult tickets for 2012s Silverstone Classic powered by the AA (20-22 July) cost from as little as 35 (plus booking fee) and special two- and three-day weekend tickets are also available with savings of up to 20 per cent if purchased before 5pm on 19 July. Full details are available via the events official SilverstoneClassic.com website.

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