Once again many members of the XKEC and F-TypeEC participated in the very enjoyable annual Silverstone Classic event, hailed again this year as a massive success by the organisers. With over 100,000 visitors attending, racing galore, trade stands and exhibitors, numerous car club display’s and lots more it certainly is a superb event to any motor car/sport fan.


This year was slightly different for us in that all the Jaguar car clubs had been moved off of the prominent position of Copse Corner and moved more infield to aid the getting on and off track for our clubs special 15th anniversary track parade (where over 40 plus members cars took part) on the Saturday afternoon along with the 70 years celebration of the XK and also 50 years of the Jaguar XJ. To be honest where the Silverstone organisers placed us was still a good spot, located centrally for everything either within walking distance or bus travel to everything around the British motor racing circuit. We had a fantastic array of XKs and F-Types on our club stand, all shiny and gleaming in the beautiful weather for all to see.


This family orientated event once again featured more than 1,000 racing car entries spanning over eight decades of motor sport history. This year’s 21-race programme again an array of cars from Formula One, GT, sports and even celebrating the 60th anniversary of British touring cars.

Over the three-day event more than 110 car clubs were out on display. There was also Streetcar Shoot-outs, the JET big wheel, Spitfire engine fire-ups, Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics, crazy golf, an adrenaline zone, period funfair rides, air displays and pulsating live music each evening from Soul II Soul and UB40.


Karen, I and our son Robert and girlfriend Jacqui also ventured over on the Saturday to the heart of the Silverstone International Paddock where we visited the Silverstone Auctions where a superb line-up of 120 cars dating from 1934 – 2015 were up for sale, along with a very interesting selection of Automobilia and watches which I could have spent a fortune on if I had my way, however, Karen kept my wallet truly locked away in her handbag! Also just outside in the paddock area itself was a display of some great looking supercar legends, from Aston Martin, Koenigsegg, Pagini and TVR which needed to be seen and heard to be believed. My son was in his element. These also did a parade lap earlier in the day.  


So there we have it, and like I say every year to members, if you haven’t visited this event you are really missing out so why not treat yourself and your family next year, as a club we get a fantastic discount on ticket purchases so keep your eyes peeled for ticket sale release dates on our forum. For those who are already interested, the provisional date for next year’s Silverstone Classic is 26-28 July albeit this may change due to F1 calendar. Look forward to seeing you there.


Mark Gregory


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