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Celeb Race

Celebrity Challenge Trophy Race


This year's Silverstone Classic will see a star-studded line-up of celebrity drivers taking to the track for the Celebrity Challenge Trophy Race to race flat-out in a huge grid of up to fifty Austin A30s and A35s (well-known cars in classic racing circles, introduced a few years ago by the Historic Racing Drivers Club as a cost-effective route into historic racing). 

Once the final list of celebrities taking part in the Race is confirmed, they will be split into ten teams representing their professions – for example TV, sport and music with each team being mentored by a renowned racing driver.

The race programme for the grid over the weekend of the Classic will be split into two parts; owners of the cars will qualify on Friday and race on Sunday while the celebrities, together with their team captains, will be in action on Saturday.


We expect fifty cars to compete with the winning driver scoring 50 points, 2nd place scoring 49 points, 3rd place scoring 48 points and so on – wherever a car finishes will score its driver the appropriate number of points for their team; and the team with the most points wins! There will also be a podium award for the first, second and third novice celebrity to finish.

Each celebrity  team will be in with a chance of winning the charity prize fund of at least £10,000. Prostate Cancer UK is the official chosen charity of the Silverstone Classic and will receive a proportion of this prize fund, but each team may additionally select a chosen charity to share in the winners' prize fund.

Celebrities confirmed

Celebrities that have confirmed their attendance to date, include (in order of their announcement):

Theo Paphitis (Dragon's Den)

Stan Boardman (Comedian)

Neil Primrose (Travis drummer)

Wayne Gardner (500cc Motorcycle World Champion)

Freddie Spencer (500cc Motorcycle World Champion)

Jason Kenny CBE (Olympic gold medal winning cyclist)

Amy Williams MBE (Olympic gold medal winner in the Skeleton)

Mike Gatting OBE (former England test cricket captain)

Greg Searle MBE (Olympic gold medal winning rower)

Jonny Searle MBE (Olympic gold medal winning rower)

Mark Hunter MBE (Olympic gold medal winning rower)

Charley Boorman (modern-day adventurer, travel writer and entertainer)

Ant Anstead (TV Presenter)

Tiff Needell (TV Presenter)

Tony Jardine (Motorsport pundit)

Team Captains

Mark Blundell

Steve Soper

Martin Donnelly

Robb Gravett

Alex Brundle

Darren Turner

David Brabham   

Take a look at our VLog with Silverstone Classic Event Director, Nick Wigley, as he gets behind the wheel of an Austin A35.

Watch the Olympic Rowers taking their ARDs test for their MSA Race Licence at Silverstone Race School.

Plus, see the competitive spirits coming out in our interviews with Mark Hunter, Ant Anstead and Wayne Gardner & Freddie Spencer!

Official Partners


  • Silverstone Auctions
  • JET
  • JLR
  • eBay
  • Porsche
  • Maserati
  • Prostate Cancer UK

Official Suppliers

  • Empire RV
  • Henri Lloyd
  • Silverstone Real Ales

Media Partners

  • Classic & Sports Car
  • Motor Sport
  • The Telegraph
  • Planet Rock