CLUBS CONQUER SILVERSTONE
10,000 cars from 125 owners’ organisations turn eyes from the track to the real show-stoppers
In a short space of time, the Silverstone Classic has become the venue of choice for the largest annual gatherings of some of the UK’s biggest classic car clubs. The number of privately-owned cars on display seems to grow each year and now much of this 3.66-mile track’s infield space is reserved for the hundreds of cars belonging to the visiting clubs.
Without doubt, the largest display this year belonged to Porsche Club GB, though with 70 years of its marque and 50 years of its club to celebrate, there was also a large number of Ferrari Owners’ Club GB cars to see. Other notable anniversaries included 40 years of the Triumph Sports Six Club, in addition to 50 years of the Spitfire MkIII and Herald 13/60, plus 60 years of the Fiat 500, the Lotus Seven and the Lotus Elite. Track parades in between the races across this three-day event also allowed clubs to mark 22 different anniversaries.
Although not quite as impressive in terms of numbers, the four-car display of Volga saloons from the GAZ 21 Club, which had travelled all the way from Russia, is equally deserving of being mentioned.