|With more than 50 cars on the grid, the Jaguar E-type Challenge was one of the highlights of the 2011 Silverstone Classic. Photo courtesy of Silverstone Classic.|
Vintage racing fans may want to holiday in England this summer. The 2012 Silverstone Classic, billed as the “world’s biggest classic motoring festival,” is scheduled for July 20 to 22. Organizers say it’s 90 minutes from London and 60 from Birmingham, and easy to get to. Judging from all the activities listed on their website, it’s well worth the drive. Getting to the UK is another matter.
They have a 24-race programme with more than 1,000 entries lined up for this year. That includes two rounds of the Jaguar E-type Challenge. They’ll be celebrating the 50th birthday of the MGB, the Triumph Spitfire, the Lotus Elan, and the AC Cobra. They’re also hosting a BMW Z-Fest (the first in the UK) in honour of the 60th anniversary of the BMW Car Club GB. Add in a collection of Ferrari F40s to celebrate that supercar’s 25th. And if your kids or significant other aren’t interested in classic cars, there will also be classic rock bands, including Adam Ant, and Mike & The Mechanics, and a vintage fun fair.
But let’s get back to the cars. One of the highlights of last year’s Silverstone Classic was a track parade of 767 Jaguar E-types, creating a Guinness World Record. That should give you some idea of the number of cars in attendance. Last year’s Jaguar E-type Challenge was so successful they’re repeating it again this year. According to event organiser Nick Wigley, “The two Jaguar races were among last summer’s highlights – that’s why we are so delighted to welcome back the Jaguar E-type Challenge to the Silverstone Classic in July. We will be staging two rounds of the series with races on both Saturday and Sunday, thus providing fans with a double dose of high quality and truly evocative action. The fast nature of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit certainly suits the E-type and I’m sure all those who enjoyed last year’s races will be thrilled by the promise of a repeat while those who missed last year’s Classic will have another chance to see what all the excitement was about.”