Spectator Guide - tips for your day

The Silverstone Classic is an assault on the senses

There’s a packed schedule of the very best historic racing on track all day every day, full access to the paddocks, free access to the grandstands, record-breaking track parades, free vintage funfair, stunt shows, live music, and so much more.

For the 2019 event, we pulled together this guide designed to help you get the most out of your time with us. The 2019 event map is also available to view below...

If you love watching the racing...

The start/ finish line is in front of the Silverstone Wing building in the International Paddock with best views from the grandstand on the International Pits Straight.

For the chance to see the cars being prepared and chat to the drivers, head to the race paddocks - National in the morning, International in the afternoon. See the locations of the grids here. Details of the track schedule are available here.

Check the Race Card (free with the Official Souvenir Programme which you can pre-order/ add to your ticket booking) for details of the cars and drivers taking part in each of the races. If you pre-order an Official Souvenir Programme, you'll receive access to an online version of this and the race card at least a week before the event.

There’s free access to the grandstands; those that are open around the track include: Club Corner, the International Pits Straight, Paddock Club, Village B*, Luffield*, Woodcote A*, Copse A, Silverstone Six*, and Becketts*. All are covered with the exception of Silverstone Six and those that are marked with a * have big screens visible from them too.

Big Screens are also located in the race paddocks and on the Village Green so there's no need to miss any of the race action as you enjoy the other activities on offer at the Classic.

You can also stay tuned to Silverstone Classic radio (87.7FM) throughout your time with us to hear all the race commentary and the latest news from the event. 

'Must sees' for 2019 include...

  • The Mini 60th anniversary celebrations with a  a record-breaking turn-out of pre '66 Minis racing on track over the weekend, a spectacular lunchtime track parade on Friday led out by the legendary Paddy Hopkirk, and a stunning infield display.
  • Sir Jackie Stewart reunited with his title-winning Matra from the 1969 season to celebrate his first victory at Silverstone and his first championship win. Sir Jackie will be taking part in high speed demos on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Our 'Twilight Tribute to Le Mans' with endurance racing celebrations into the evening on Saturday with the Bentley Centenary Trophy for Pre-War Sports Cars the first of three back-to-back endurance racing grids concluding with the Aston Martin Trophy for Masters Endurance Legends at 9pm.
  • The ever crowd-pleasing Sir Jackie Stewart Trophy for FIA Masters Historic Formula One qualifying on Friday and racing on Saturday and Sunday. 
  • The Capri 50th anniversary celebrations with a great line-up of Capris racing in the Historic Touring Car Challenge contesting the Gordon Spice Trophy in honour of the most successful Capri racer of all time, a lunchtime track parade on Sunday led out by the man himself, Gordon Spice, and an unprecedented turn-out of Ford Capris on display at the Classic.

Away from the track...

  • We have over 130 car clubs featuring impressive displays on the infield over the weekend.
  • There's a stunning line-up of lots to bid on in the Silverstone Auctions sale.
  • In celebration of Abarth's 70th anniversary, their 595 Autotest Challenge will give you a chance to pit yourself against the clock when racing one of its latest models around a technical course.
  • If you’re interested in seeing how an Abarth or Alfa Romeo handles, there will be a range of cars for you to try out on the open roads around the circuit in the beautiful Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire countryside - just pay Drive Live a visit over the weekend to book a test drive.
  • A number of cars joining us have a special story to tell, including:
    • The 1964 Mini Cooper S driven to victory by Paddy Hopkirk in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally which will be on display with the British Motor Museum on the Village Green.
    • The 1986 Ford Capri 280 ‘Brooklands’ – last-in-line produced by Ford and now owned by Ford’s Heritage Workshop which will be on display as part of the Capri celebration area in the Grey Zone.
    • The 1924 Model T Ford which Tim Moore journeyed through ‘Trumpland’ USA with for his latest travelogue ‘Another Fine Mess’ which will be on display next to Mike Brewer's Car Clinic stage in the Purple Zone. 
    • The Middlebridge Scimitar production prototype (MB1) and the fifth off the production line (MB5); the former previously loaned to HRH The Princess Royal (and in which she was twice caught speeding) and the latter still in her stable today both of which will be on display in Blue Zone 5.
  • The Shift & Drift  Zone (on the old track between Abbey and old Bridge corner in Yellow Zone 14) will play host to dramatic demonstrations from Group B rallying beasts with the Slowly Sideways show, spectacular Streetcar Shooutouts, and stunt driving supremo, Terry Grant doing what he does best.
  • On Friday, the wrapping kings from Yiannimize will be joining us. They'll be sourcing small items to wrap from across the audience on the Village Green stage so bring something with you to wrap plus there will be meet and greets with Yianni himself too.
  • And for those in search of advice on buying, selling or restoring a classic then head to the Mike Brewer Car Clinics in Purple Zone 10 on Saturday and Sunday.

If you've got children to keep entertained...

There are many other activities in the heart of the event too - the Village Green has plenty to keep the whole family entertained with giant garden games, traditional funfair rides, crazy golf – all at no extra cost!

We also are delighted that Young Driver make a welcome return to the event, giving 10-16 year-olds the chance to get behind the wheel of a car for themselves and learn some car handling skills!

And for something a bit different, the Yokohama Chelsea Skills Zone will be providing a series of free coaching sessions for kids aged 5-15 years throughout the weekend when Chelsea FC Foundation coaches will put aspiring players through their paces!

Getting around...

To help navigate your way around, buses around the circuit are timetabled to coincide with the track activity. The bus service operates around the perimeter, and between the concert area, the Village Green and the International Paddock. There's also a shuttle between Woodlands Campsite and Gate 15. For those of you that are treating yourself to Parc Ferme hospitality, you can take advantage of the complimentary Tesla VIP shuttles for getting around the site.

The below provisional event map should help you with orientation.


Please note, if you leave the event and want to come back in on the same day, that's fine (provided your hand is stamped for re-entry) but ONLY before 22:00 - there will be no re-admittance after 22:00.

Rocking & Racing

Live music line-up on Friday and Saturday evenings included  with all tickets

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