Almost a week has passed since this year's Silverstone Classic weekend, and now is the time to look back and reflect on some of the highlights of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.

This year's event saw multiple records being broken, from 1113 entries spanning over 90 years of automotive history, 1208 Porsche 911s on the track at one time,  to the largest crowd ever to be drawn to the event – close to 90,000 fans over the weekend.

The sheer selection of motoring icons on display were somewhat overwhelming. Cars that would normally cause a small riot on the high-street took a back seat at the show, because wherever you looked it was being out-classed by an even rarer or more extreme model.

I was spoilt for choice, like a kid in a candy shop, and to top it off there was an aerial display from two Spitfires – a truly awe-inspiring sight over the Northamptonshire skies.

One of the highlights of the show, though, was the fabulous Ferrari 250 SWB which won the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Tourist trophy for historic cars.

Others included the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, representing the Classic’s most recent era of F1. 
The race got off to a dramatic start when a trio of cars were sprawled across the track following contact off the line. After a short spell behind the safety car the RAM Williams FW07 sailed to victory.

I have been attending this event for over 5 years and to see how it has grown in size and diversity from the early days is really impressive – I can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring.

James Pettipher


August 2, 2013

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