Share your memories of Silverstone Classic for virtual celebration of 30th birthday over three days

Event cancelled by coronavirus goes online to mark anniversary and remember past highlights

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 5:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 5:41 pm
The Silverstone Classic attracts thousands of car lovers and vintage motors to the Northamptonshire circuit

The Silverstone Classic will be celebrating its 30th birthday by sharing outstanding moments from the last three decades online over three days.

The Northamptonshire circuit's flagship event had been scheduled to run between July 31 and August 2 before the coronavirus pandemic forced its cancellation.

Instead, fans around the globe will be able to enjoy many wonderful highlights from the past three decades via the event's social media platforms.

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Sir Jackie Stewart at Silverstone Classic

Plus anyone who has helped to create the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival is encouraged to share details of their own memories to be included in the online celebrations.

“We are inviting everyone to send us short ‘vox pops’ detailing their own personal favourite Silverstone Classic stand-out moment from the past 30 years,” explained Nick Wigley, chief executive of organisers, Goose Live Events.

“Perhaps it was one of the fantastic races or meeting a motorsport hero or dancing to one of the great live bands or joining one of the amazing track parades or just cherishing a great day’s family entertainment – we’d love to hear from everyone.”

Having fuelled the hugely popular historic motorsport race meetings, the Classic features unrivalled grids of much-loved legendary F1, single-seater, sports, GT and touring cars from past eras.

Top bands are also booked for the three-day festival, such as UB40

The event also attracts a wealth of racing royalty such as Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Derek Bell, Murray Walker and the late Sir Stirling Moss.

Others like British Touring Car champions John Cleland, Tim Harvey, Jason Plato, Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, Rickard Rydell and Colin Turkington have all regularly renewed their old rivalries on track.

Top bands including Status Quo, UB40, Santana, Mike and Mechanics and The Stranglers have also fired up the crowds when performing their chart-topping hits of yesteryear.

In recent years, the Classic has witnessed world record numbers of Jaguar E-types, Ferrari F40s, McLarens and Jaguar XJ220s as well as on-track cavalcades of Minis, Porsche 911s, Bentleys, Mazda MX-5s and more marking their own milestones.

Hundreds of car clubs come to Silverstone Classic to mark milestones, like Ferraris

Nick said: “It’s so hard to know where to start when choosing a highlight.

“I’m guessing we’ll get an incredible range of these ‘classic moments’ ranging from mega races to sharing an unforgettable beer with a long-lost mate at the Scarf & Googles pub.”

The Online 30th Anniversary Party will be shared across will also include live online classic, competition and automobilia sales from Silverstone Auctions on the event’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

Looking further ahead, a provisional date of Friday, July 30, to Sunday, August 1, has been announced for next year’s Silverstone Classic.

A Silverstone Classic grid of yesteryear

All those wishing to contribute to the Online 30th Anniversary Party have until Friday (July 17). For more information, visit silverstoneclassic.com/anniversaries/your-classic-moment.