Inspired by the success of the Austin A30 and A35 race at last year’s Goodwood Revival, the Silverstone event will see its celebrity drivers pushing these tiny 1950s Austin saloons to the limit. Familiar faces in the Austin celebrity race will include Olympic champions, chart-topping musicians, best-selling authors and figures from TV and radio, such as cyclist Jason Kenny, skeleton racer Amy Williams and rowers Jonny Searle, Greg Searle and Mark Hunter. Musicians will include Take That’s Howard Donald, and AC/DC front Brian Johnson.
Marking its 40th anniversary, as recently celebrated earlier this month at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Williams F1 team will be demonstrating Nigel Mansell’s 1992 British Grand Prix-winning Williams FW14B for some high-speed laps. For two-wheeled fans, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Gardner, and the ‘Prince of Speed’ Phil Read, will be making demonstration rides at the event too.
After the on-track action on Friday and Saturday evening, the Silverstone Classic will once again stage a live music line-up. Friday will see a special 50th anniversary Summer of Love celebration topped by The Bootleg Beatles. They will be joined by two further tribute acts – Who’s Next and Are You Experienced? – playing the music of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Spandau Ballet’s former front man Tony Hadley headlines as the sun goes down on Saturday evening, supported by the Dire Straits Experience.
Away from the circuit action, Silverstone Auctions will be staging two historic vehicle sales; one for competition cars, including a Martini-liveried Lancia Delta HF Integrale, as campaigned by four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen, with the other for classic cars, including a 1972 Ferrari 365/4 Daytona once owned by Sir Elton John.
The Goodwood Road & Racing team will be at the Silverstone event, reporting on the event as it happens, so please do stay tuned-in over the weekend for our regular live updates.