Saturday, 12 March 2016


Silverstone Classic


• The Boomtown Rats join The Stranglers and Reef on the Silverstone Classic bill   
• Live music shows included free in all entrance tickets 
• Early Bird ticket offer available until the end of March
The Boomtown Rats will lead Friday’s live music line-up at this summer’s ‘Rocking and Racing’ Silverstone Classic festival (29-31 July).
With a great line-up already confirmed for Saturday night with Reef and The Stranglers headlining – plus the world’s premier Elton John and Thin Lizzy tribute acts performing ahead of The Boomtown Rats on Friday ­– fans of seventies, eighties and nineties music are in for a memorable weekend at the Home of British Motor Racing. Even more so as public admittance to both concerts is totally free for all those with tickets to the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.
The Boomtown Rats (top) had stand-out number one hits in the late seventies with ‘Rat Trap’ and ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ but disbanded in the mid-eighties while frontman Bob Geldof concentrated on his charity work and a solo career. The Irish new wave band, however, reformed in 2013 when in Geldof’s own words, he felt it was the right time to ‘re-Rat, go back to Boomtown and start doing all those great songs once again’. It’s a magical musical treat Silverstone Classic visitors can savour in July. 
Revving up the crowd for The Boomtown Rats on Friday will be Ultimate Elton (below top left) who performs many of Elton John’s hits and Limehouse Lizzy (below top right), which is keeping alive the great compositions of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy.
“With The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers pumping out their terrific back catalogue of unforgettable hits, we’re in for two five star nights of high octane live music at this year’s Silverstone Classic,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events. “It’s clear from the growing demand for weekend tickets that more and more visitors are turning the Classic into a full three-day summer festival. With so much nostalgic racing on the full grand prix circuit, so much fantastic family entertainment on the in-field and now a full bill of outstanding live music line-ups on both Friday and Saturday evenings, one day really isn’t enough!”
Great value weekend tickets are available for those wishing to revel in the sounds of The Boomtown Rats and The Stranglers, plus the equally evocative music of flat out V8 and V12 engines. Moreover, those booking before the end of March can take advantage of Early Bird tickets which offer significant savings of up to 17 per cent.
There is even an all-new Family ticket this year, encouraging more parents to experience the non-stop ‘Rocking and Racing’ weekend with their children. The Family ticket includes camping for two adults and two children across the whole weekend and gives a discount of more than 20 per cent on advance tickets bought individually.
Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the event website at:

Thursday, 3 March 2016


VCR 2015
Media release for immediate distribution: 29/02/16


The ‘Benz Patent Motorwagen’ took its first, faltering, steps
in 1886… but the rest is history


The 2016 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – the world’s longest running motoring event – will celebrate inventor Karl Benz’s 130-year old patent – granted on January 29th 1886 – and the early days of German motoring when the annual pilgrimage of veteran cars makes its way to the south coast in November.

The Benz Patent Motorwagen (patent number 37435) was a two-seater, three-wheeler, powered by a single cylinder four-stroke engine mounted at the rear. Its first public demonstration run was not hugely successful – difficult to control, it collided with a wall.

Significant modifications meant that successful tests on public roads were carried out in the summer of 1886 and two years and further improvements later, the ‘Mk III’ version was offered for sale, becoming the world’s first commercially available automobile.

Alongside Benz (bottom row below), of which there were six examples on the 2015 Run, the organisers are hoping to see veteran cars from manufacturers such as Adler, Bergmann, (German-built) Daimler (top row below), Lutzmann, Mercedes (above) and Opel tackling the 60 mile run from London’s Hyde Park to Brighton. Registration for the 2016 Run will open on Monday, 28th March.

As ever, the Run – a Royal Automobile Club event since 1930 – will take place on the first Sunday on November, which this year falls on the 6th.

The first cars will leave Hyde Park at sunrise where more than 400 three and four-wheelers make their annual pilgrimage to the Sussex seafront.

The Run is open to all vehicles built before 1905 - so even the youngest on the Run therefore being more than 110 years old - and while most will be petrol-powered there will be some powered by steam and, proving there’s nothing new under the sun, a handful will be battery-powered electric vehicles.

The Run itself will also be celebrating an anniversary this year. The very first ‘Emancipation Run’ from London to Brighton was held in November 1896 – 120 years ago – and marked the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to 14mph and abolished the need for the vehicles to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag.

Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “Karl Benz and his wife Bertha, who, in 1888, undertook the first long distance journey by car, were far-sighted automobile pioneers… but even they would be amazed by the role the car plays in 21st Century life. It is highly fitting that the 2016 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run should honour Benz, his contemporaries and his country’s role in the history of the motor car.”

‘The Run’ is just one element of the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week – a seven day celebration of motoring, which includes an art exhibition, motoring heritage lectures, a motoring forum and a motoring book awards evening. The penultimate event in the week is the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, on Saturday 5th November, turning London’s premier shopping street into a motoring showcase that puts the spotlight on veterans and moderns alike, before the week is rounded off with the Club’s premier event – the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.