CLUBS CONQUER SIL­VER­STONE

10,000 cars from 125 own­ers’ or­gan­i­sa­tions turn eyes from the track to the real show-stop­pers

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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