SIL­VER­STONE CLAS­SIC

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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.

July 29-31

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