The Silverstone Classic is an assault on all 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, adrenaline zone, live demonstrations, live music, and so much more. This guide is designed to help visitors get the most out of their time with us (to help with orientation, see the event map for 2017 below).
Tips for your day
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.
Check the Race Card (free with the Official Souvenir Programme) for details of the cars and drivers taking part in each of the races.
There’s free access to the grandstands; those that were open around the track in 2017 were: Club Corner, the International Pits Straight*, Paddock Club, Village B*, Luffield*, Woodcote A*, Copse A, Silverstone Six*, and Becketts*. All were covered with the exception of Silverstone Six and those that are marked with a * had big screens visible from them too.
Big Screens were also located in the race paddocks, on the JET Village Green and in the concert area, so there was no need to miss any of the race action as you enjoyed other activities at the Classic.
Visitors could also stay tuned to Silverstone Classic radio (87.7FM) throughout their time with us to hear all the race commentary and the latest news from the event.
“Must sees” to look out for on track included:
- A high speed demonstration from the Williams FW14B (Mansell’s championship winning car) on Saturday and Sunday
- The record-breaking XJ220 Parade on Saturday
- Masters Historic Formula One on Saturday
- The Celebrity Challenge Trophy Race on Saturday
- The Group C race at twilight on Saturday
- The McLaren Owners UK Parade in tribute to Bruce McLaren
To help navigate your way around, buses around the circuit were timetabled to coincide with the track activity. These operated around the perimeter, and between the concert area, the JET Village Green and the International Paddock. There was also a shuttle between Woodlands Campsite and Gate 15.
We also had 120 car clubs featuring impressive displays on the infield.
There were many other activities in the heart of the event too - the JET Village Green had plenty to keep the whole family entertained with traditional funfair rides, crazy golf, and plane demonstrations among many other attractions – all at no extra cost! For the more adventurous thrill-seekers, there was also the Adrenaline Zone.