Over 1000 entries, across bustling grids of single-seaters, sportscars and tin-tops. If you like any element of circuit racing, then the Silverstone Classic extravaganza will have something for you.
It’s the breadth of the machinery that is the event’s strongest point. The confirmed 2016 grids range from sports-racers of the 1950s to Super Tourers of the 1990s, via the likes of Historic Formula 1, which has provided surprisingly entertaining tussles in recent editions.
A new event for 2016 is the Can-am Celebration, marking 50 years since the beginning of the famous category for big banger sportscars. Whether or not the races attract a turbocharged Porsche – surely the zenith of the class – the V8 Mclarens and Lolas will provide plenty of ground-shaking thunder.
Leading drivers – Martin O’connell, Tim Harvey, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal all won races last time – guarantee quality action, with Formula Junior and U2TC usually the hardest-fought.
Throw in all the off-track action, including car displays and live music, and it’s not hard to see why the Classic is one of Britain’s biggest and best events.