While the epic Hungarian Grand Prix was happening there was another F1 race going on at Silverstone as part of Silverstone Classic, which celebrated its 25th anniversary at the weekend.
Thankfully I decided to head down on the Saturday, not only because I didn’t miss Sunday’s Grand Prix but also the fact that Friday and Sunday were pretty damn miserable weather wise. Saturday though was a perfect day to see classic cars race hard at Silverstone.
Whether you miss the engine sounds of yesteryear or you were too young to experience these cars first time round, the Silverstone Classic is the perfect place to watch these legendary machines do what they do best. Race.
Among the ‘Legends of Modern Formula One’ were Ayrton Senna’s 1984 Toleman, Michael Schumacher’s Benetton B192 and Nelson Piquet’s 1989 Lotus, which all took to the track for a display. However the real action came in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One race with no less than 38 (38!) classic Formula One cars fighting for position just like they did back in their heyday.
Also this sound.
For car enthusiasts just about every owners club imaginable showed up; Ferrari, Aston Martin, BMW, Lamborghini… there’s enough ‘car porn’ there for a lifetime and the open paddocks also give you a chance to see the racing cars up close, with a lot of them being worked on before they head to the track.
The final race of the day saw a Group C race and it’s really not that difficult to understand why these are the fans’ favourite era of sports car racing with the looks and the sound to go with it.
There really is no better place to get a fix of classic race cars.