This year is set to the biggest and best Ford Fair yet. With new features lined up, including the Fast Ford awards and a display dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the Escort Cosworth, it will be a show to remember.
You'll have the chance to get on the legendary Silverstone Circuit with track sessions running throughout the day, there will be new features on the Live Action Arena, thousands of club displays and with competitions and new products launching from our headline sponsor mountune, it will be a jam packed day!
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Live Action Arena
The Live Action Arena will once again be at the centre of the show. If you like seeing fast Fords smoking tyres, pulling skids, and generally beingthrashed about then the Live Action Arena is definitely not to be missed!
Fast Ford Awards
One of the most exciting new features at the 2017 event will be the brand new Fast Ford Awards.
This special display will form part of the Fast Ford stand at the show, and will include winners of various categories, such as ‘Best Street Car’, ‘Best Engine Swap’, ‘Best Modern Ford’, ‘Best Old School Ford’ and many more!
25th Anniversary Display
This year at Ford Fair we celebrate one of the most respected cars in Ford’s history, the Escort RS Cosworth. Now hitting its 25 year anniversary, we’re putting on a special display purely for the Escort that you won’t want to miss!
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eBay Restoration Live returns to the 2017 Silverstone Classic
Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics now on Saturday as well as Sunday
Last chance to purchase Early Bird tickets with significant savings
One of the most successful new additions to the packed entertainment programme at last summer’s Silverstone Classic was the introduction of eBay Restoration Live – a great innovation that returns by popular demand in 2017.
Over all three days in 2016, festival-goers were enthralled as Fergus Walkinshaw and his team fully restored an iconic first-generation Range Rover using parts and accessories sourced solely fromebay.co.uk.
With a vast selection of car parts and accessories available on eBay.co.uk, finding the required components was considerably less challenging than actually restoring the Range Rover – an impressive feat, nevertheless, completed successfully over the weekend. (Below).
Now visitors to this year’s Silverstone Classic (28-30 July) will be able to follow the same team masterminding another captivating live restoration project, again using only items purchased online from eBay. The car will be sold for Silverstone Classic's charity partner Prostate Cancer UK on eBay after the event. One hundred per cent of the sale will go to the charity via the eBay for Charity programme, which to date has raised over £100 million in the UK for great causes.
The restoration team will also be bigger, made up of a five-strong team of mechanics hand-picked for this challenge and an additional mechanic provided by Forces' Motorsport Charity, Mission Motorsport.
Murray Lambell, eBay’s director of retail car parts and accessories, said:
“We’re thrilled to be bringing eBay Restoration Live back to Silverstone Classic after a really successful debut last year.
“For 2017, it’s going to be even bigger and better, with Fergus and a five-strong team of crack mechanics working throughout the weekend to bring a classic car back to life.
“The people who come to the Classic range from highly experienced restorers to people who simply love their car – just like the people who buy and sell on eBay – so this is a great event for us and our members.
“We’re also excited about teaming up with two great causes for Restoration Live.”
Once the mission is completed and the chosen car restored to its former glory, it will take centre stage at one of Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics presented by eBay, where Fergus will share the team’s experiences of the restoration. (Main image above).
With so many classic car enthusiasts at Silverstone, it’s no surprise that these interactive Car Clinics have become increasingly popular since first being introduced in 2014. Well-known from hosting the Discovery Channel’s ‘Wheeler Dealers’ programme, Brewer always draws a big crowd and this year he will be doubling up with – for the very first time – clinics on Saturday as well as Sunday.
Located in the busy JET Village Green area, Mike will be casting his expert eye over a great line-up of selected vehicles and giving hints and tips on various restoration projects from barn finds to stunningly renovated automotive icons.
Among the intriguing line-up of cars already confirmed for July are a remarkably low-mileage 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, a 1967 Ford Country Squire, a restored 1970 Chevrolet Camaro plus two very special Mercedes with famous owners listed in their log books – a 500 SEC originally owned by F1 legend Ayrton Senna and a 500 SEL AMG first purchased by renowned petrolhead and Beatles band member, George Harrison.
“I just love everything about the Silverstone Classic,” enthused Brewer. “It’s such fun to meet so many wonderful enthusiasts and always so very special for me to share all my experiences and interests with them – something I’m delighted to say we’ll be doing on Saturday and Sunday this summer. We have already got some really fascinating cars lined-up for the Car Clinics on both days, and I’m crossing my fingers that Fergus completes his live restoration in time to join us. The brilliant renovation of the Range Rover went down a storm last year, attracting a packed audience; I’m sure this summer’s project will be every bit as popular.”
Those keen to follow the eBay Restoration Live and/or experience one of Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics can still take advantage of Early Bird tickets to the Silverstone Classic, which are available to purchase until the end of March – these offer savings of up to 18 per cent. Adult admission prices start from £35 and the cost of the three-day weekend ticket is just £99. Details of all 2017 ticket prices, as well as hospitality and camping options are available on the silverstoneclassic.com website.
All tickets must be purchased in advance and grant access to both racing paddocks, trackside grandstand seating, live music concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings, funfair rides, eBay Restoration Live, Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics as well as a host of other family-friendly activities and entertainment. All the latest news is available at silverstoneclassic.com and via the event’s social media platforms
CITY CONCOURS REVEALS CLASSES AND FIRST INCREDIBLE CARS
From ‘Legends of Le Mans’ to the ‘Evolution of the Supercar’, the new City Concours will bring the finest cars to the City of London
Already confirmed to attend is one of the world’s most original Jaguar D-Types, which finished 2nd at Le Mans in 1957
Visitors will also be able to see the hand-built, one-of-seven Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder
The City Concours will be held at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters from 8-9 June
The brand new City Concours, which will bring some of the world’s most incredible cars to the heart of the City of London, has revealed the final categories and first cars confirmed to attend.
Gathering on the Royal Honourable Artillery HQ lawn, near to the Barbican, will be more than 80 cars specially curated by the event in categories ranging from ‘Legends of Le Mans’, through to ‘American Muscle and ‘Evolution of the Supercar’. The full list of categories is:
The Swinging Sixties
Legends of Le Mans
F1 Hall of Fame
Evolution of the Supercar
One of the event’s ‘Legends of Le Mans’ is already confirmed as Jaguar D-Type ‘RSF 303’ – one of the most original and successful D-Types in existence. This car finished 2nd in Jaguar’s legendary 1-2-3-4-6 finish at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1957, and was widely campaigned by the famous Scottish racing team ‘Ecurie Ecosse’, whose colours it wears to this day.
ncredibly, ‘RSF 303’ has never been fully restored; it features the same engine block fitted by ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ in 1959, and wears all the interior battle scars that a Le Mans podium finisher should. It is one of the most incredible D-Types in existence.
Featuring in the ‘Modern Bespoke’ category, which focuses on low volume coachbuilt cars of the modern day, will be the one-of-seven Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder. Inspired by the styling of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante of the Fifties, the Touring is based on the chassis and powertrain of the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
The custom built body comes from Italian coachbuilders, Touring Superleggera, hand-finished by a team of expert craftsman in a process that – from start-to-finish – takes about 10,000 hours.
Each of the cars is carefully selected by the City Concours steering committee, which includes experts from the event’s partners at Octane and evo. Some of the UK’s best automotive manufacturers and specialists will also be bringing displays of cars, with an additional 80 supercars and sports cars for sale.
Alongside the luxury vehicles on display will be showcases from a range of other luxury partners, including a Taittinger Champagne bar and high-end watchmakers, Breguet.
Andrew Evans, City Concours Director, said: “We’ve got some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts sourcing incredible cars for the City Concours, and I think that really shows here. The D-Type and Disco Volante are a perfect representation of the event; rare, beautiful, and each with a story behind them. We’ll be confirming more cars and partners over the next few weeks, but it’s clear already that this will be one of the most incredible gatherings of cars and luxury brands that the City of London has ever seen.”
A brand new motoring garden party, bringing together the world of luxury vehicles with those of fine watches, art and food is launching in the heart of City of London from 8-9 June. Called the City Concours, the new event is organised by Thorough Events, the team behind the world-famous Concours of Elegance, in association with Octane, The Week and evo magazines.
Taking place on the five-acre lawn at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters, the City Concours is near to City of London landmarks, including the Barbican and the Gherkin skyscraper. It’s another spectacular setting from the team at Thorough Events, who most recently hosted the Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle and the Gulf Concours at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab.
The motoring experts at Thorough Events and Octane magazine will be curating a collection of 80 of the world’s most incredible cars, ranging from the latest supercars to legends of Formula One and Le Mans. Alongside the luxury vehicles on display will be showcases from a range of other luxury partners, including a Taittinger Champagne bar and high-end watchmakers, Breguet.
Lynn Murray, Marketing Director at Hatch Mansfield, Champagne Taittinger Sole UK agent, said: “Taittinger is delighted to be involved in the inaugural City Concours. With its collection of immaculate classic cars and unique location this stylish event is a perfect partnership to our elegant, premium Champagnes.”
In addition to the 80 cars curated by the event, a further 80 will be on display from some of the nation’s finest motor manufacturers and specialists.
“As London’s sole Aston Martin Heritage specialists, Nicholas Mee & Co are pleased to be associated with the City Concours organisers, bringing a showcase of the finest classic Aston Martin’s to display in the magnificent grounds of the Honourable Artillery Club in the heart of our Capital City”, said Nicholas Mee.
James Brooks-Ward, Managing Director of Thorough Events, said: “The City Concours is so much more than just a display of incredible cars of all ages. With stunning art collections, beautiful retail chalets, artisan goods and high-end watches it’s a real celebration of the finer things in life, all held within one of the most historic sites in the City of London.”
Tickets to the City Concours are available now from www.cityconcours.co.uk, along with a host of hospitality options, including breakfast and lunch packages
BTRDA ran a highly successful trials taster day at Shelsley the day before the Blankstone Trial, and with the help of the MAC’s publicity machine, managed to attract the largest number ever, seventeen participants with followers.
During the week I had some anxious phone calls with Andy Gowen about the state of the ground, due to the enormous amount of rain the previous week. We decided to run the Taster Day even if the Blankstone itself had to be cancelled, but in the event we had some delightful dry and sunny weather midweek and it all dried out nicely.
Sam Sheehan, the new motorsports correspondent from Autocar magazine took part, accompanied by his photographer, so we can expect some national publicity from him, and Mike Moran, the 2015 and 2016 Britpart British Cross Country Champion also came, with a view to joining the sport. His usual mount is a 450bhp 4×4 buggy with grippy tyres so this was going to be very different!
In order to cater for the numbers we brought along eleven “instructors” with their cars, so everyone got more than their fair share of the action.
Because driving a trials car is so different from anything else we need to start from the absolute basics, so the day begins with a simple slalom on a very gentle slope. This is a straight line of poles, and the drivers have to use the fiddle brakes to weave between the poles, whilst maintaining traction. The idea is to break the nasty habit of steering with two hands, and leaving the spare hand for continuous fiddle brake action. Trials cars will neither steer nor accelerate or stop without the use of fiddle brakes, so you need to keep your hand on the brakes at all times. Because they are driving on lush grass up a slope they need to learn delicate throttle control otherwise the very poor tyres fitted to all trials cars will lose traction and they will grind to a halt.
After an hour or so at the slalom, during which time I gradually tighten up the gaps, to the point that the cars will simply not turn tight enough without using the brakes, we proceeded to a couple of gentle sections. I say “gentle” but to the novices these seem to be quite daunting, and the usual problems occur where they approach the slope slowly and then apply power as they hit the slope. Although this may seem natural it is completely wrong for trials where you need to gather momentum where you can, on the flatter bits, and then back off to nothing on the slope to avoid breaking traction.
Because there were so many cars available, the action was more or less continuous and a break was called for lunch to allow frazzled brains to reboot, and allow time for questions.
After lunch we re-set the sections to become much more like the real thing, and there was a noticeable rise in the tension as they attempted to outdo each other and stop making mistakes. One of the joys of trials is the ability to watch the progress of others at close hand and learn from their errors.
At about 3.30 we called a halt so the instructors and their cars could get home in order to wash, service and refuel their mounts for the championship trial the next day.
All the feedback received so far is very kind and appreciative of a great day, although a sunny day in the valley makes it easy to give enjoyment to all, especially with some interesting cars to play with.
Silverstone Classic to celebrate yet another motoring milestone
Unprecedented numbers of XJ220s to mark 25th anniversary
Amazing paddock display and special parade on famous GP circuit
Early Bird tickets on sale until the end of March
Jaguar’s remarkable XJ220 is the latest classic car to receive the record-breaking treatment at the Silverstone Classic.
It’s 25 years since the dramatically-styled, mid-engined, two-seater supercar was first introduced, quickly becoming not only Jaguar’s fastest ever production car (an accolade it still holds today) but also the fastest production car in the world when clocked at a – then peerless – 212.3 mph.
Jaguar produced just 271 XJ220s between 1992 and 1994 in conjunction with its competition partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing – each one priced at a not inconsiderable £470,000. Such is their rarity that, until this summer’s planned gathering at the Silverstone Classic (28-30 July), never have more than a handful ever been seen together.
Now, working closely with renowned XJ220 specialist Don Law Racing, the organisers of the annual Classic are aiming to bring together more than 50 examples for an astonishing display and circuit parade at the end of July.
“We are inviting all XJ220 owners from right round the world to join us for what will be a really special celebration of an often overlooked supercar,” said Law. “We will be bringing along some special models including the Martini car and the MIRA crash test car, and we are also hoping to have one of the factory Le Mans cars here. The largest public gathering of XJ220s in the UK to-date is 20 – our aim for this summer’s Classic is to at least double that.”
The Jaguar XJ220 showcase will take place on the Saturday of the event, with a parade lap involving some specially invited guests who have close associations with the car’s design, development and on-track success.
“The Classic now has quite a reputation for staging these record-breaking parades but, even by our own very high standards, this promises to be something very, very special,” stated Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser, Goose Live Events. “It all really started back in 2011 with the remarkable cavalcade of 767 E-types, which still holds an official Guinness World Record for a parade of Jaguars. Since then, we’ve seen massive numbers of Aston Martins, Porsche 911s, Ferrari F40s, Ford Mustangs and even grand prix cars all take to the track – and this year, we will add never-before-seen numbers of XJ220s to that incredible roster.”
Although originally conceived to feature a V12 engine plus four-wheel-drive, to meet emissions legislation and performance targets, the showroom XJ220 model arrived with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 developing 542bhp, delivered to the rear transaxle via a five-speed manual gearbox.
A racing version – called the XJ220-C – was introduced in 1993 to compete in the increasingly important GT class within international sportscar races. Later that year, one of these factory-entered cars driven by David Brabham, David Coulthard and John Nielsen won the GT category at Le Mans only to be controversially excluded by the French organisers.
“When I first saw the XJ220, I must admit I thought it was a sexy-looking beast, but as soon as we started testing it transpired to be difficult to drive,” Brabham recalls. “In fact, by the time we got to Le Mans pre-qualifying, it was pretty scary and tail-happy – not to mention slow.
“A much bigger rear wing was fitted for the race, all of a sudden bringing the car to life – but even then, the week was far from straightforward. Despite a variety of dramas, we fought back against all odds to win our class.
“To represent Jaguar at Le Mans was already something very cool, and to be up on the podium after the race was amazing, with a sea of fans down in the pit-lane below. My brother was one of the overall race winners with Peugeot, so it was a particularly special moment for the Brabham family, celebrating a double victory.
“And then, of course, we got disqualified...”
All those wanting to experience this not-to-be-missed XJ220 celebration can still take advantage of Early Bird tickets, which offer discounts of up to 18 per cent if purchased before the end of March.
Adult admission starts from just £35, while the cost of the three-day weekend ticket has been frozen at £99 when purchased by Early Birds. Family tickets, camping and VIP Hospitality packages are also available. All tickets must be booked in advance of the event.
Full tickets and event details can be found on the silverstoneclassic.com website. All the latest news is also available via social media.
Significant savings for those purchasing Silverstone Classic tickets by 31 March
Record pre-sales for this summer’s entertainment-packed three-day festival
All tickets must be booked in advance
There are just a few days left for show-goers to take advantage of significantly discounted Early Bird tickets for this summer’s eagerly-anticipated ‘Rocking and Racing’ Silverstone Classic (28-30 July).
Building on the huge success of recent retro extravaganzas at the home of British motor sport, pre-sales for the 2017 event are already running at record highs – ticket buyers now have until the end of March to save up to 18 per cent on a wide range of day and weekend tickets, which must be purchased in advance.
The unprecedented demand is perhaps no surprise. Boasting an incredible array of entertainment for all ages, the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival now attracts more than 100,000 visitors over three action-packed days – and this year’s Classic is revving up to be another massive family affair.
Once again, the on-track racing features all of the world’s premier historic championships. These span all of motor sport’s golden eras including packed grids of iconic F1, GT, touring and sportscars as well as a special celebrity showdown starring high-profile personalities from sport and showbiz. No fewer than five Olympic gold medallists have already been confirmed – Jason Kenny, Mark Hunter, Greg Searle, Jonny Searle and Amy Williams – and they will line-up in a field of nostalgic Austin A35s.
Providing excellent value, all tickets offer free access to both of Silverstone’s busy paddocks plus trackside grandstands and much of the far-reaching family entertainment which includes air displays, a vintage funfair, shopping village, car club displays, dynamic demonstrations and interactive driving activities.
Also included in the ticket price is access to live music concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings. This year these are topped by The Bootleg Beatles and Tony Hadley formerly of Spandau Ballet fame.
With so much to experience and enjoy from dawn to dusk (and beyond), it is no surprise that more and more festival-goers are taking advantage of special tickets to spend the entire weekend at the Silverstone Classic. Early Bird ‘Three-Day’ and ‘Family’ tickets are available.
Full details of all 2017 ticket prices – as well as hospitality and camping options – can be found on the silverstoneclassic.com website.
All the latest news is also available via the official silverstoneclassic.com website and via the event’s vibrant social media platforms.
Shelsley Walsh Welcomes Visiting Car Clubs to Classic Nostalgia
SHELSLEY WALSH CLASSIC NOSTALGIA - 22-23 JULY 2017 Celebrating GROUP A RALLYING, 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD RALLY CAR and SPEED RECORDS – BLUEBIRD AND THE CAMPBELLS
Classic Nostalgia makes a welcome return to the Midland Automobile Club's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on the weekend of the 22-23 July 2017. This annual has become a firm favourite on the racing calendar. The action-packed weekend always attracts a very a wide variety of pre 1980s competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course, plus features spectacular static vehicle displays, celebrity drivers, trade stands and vintage-inspired entertainment from musicians, live bands to dancers. Following on from the huge success of last year’s Group B rally theme, Shelsley Walsh is delighted to welcome an iconic display of Group A rally cars which dominated the World Rally stage in its heyday. Shelsley will commemorate the likes of Jimmy McRae, Russell Brookes, Mark Lovell, Malcolm Wilson and David Llewellin, Tommi Makinen and of course Brits Colin McRae and Richard Burns. Classic Nostalgia will also pay homage to British ‘speed kings’ Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and Donald Campbell CBE who between them broke more than 20 World Land and Water Speed Records. 2017 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s death, to mark the occasion his daughter Gina and nephew Don Wales will unveil a special car dedicated to Bluebird. Gina and Don will be interviewed by land speed authority David Tremayne on the Courtyard stage as well as participate in book signings on the Peter James & Stewart Miller Insurance stand throughout the weekend. A selection of Campbell and Bluebird memorabilia and cars will be on display, plus the Napier Bluebird replica with the W12 aero engine which will do demonstration runs on the hill. It is a great honour to welcome a member of the Campbell family back to the MAC. Sir Malcolm competed at Shelsley Walsh in the 1920s and 30s and Donald Campbell The Sunday will see the return of the annual Street Concours open for cars built before 1982, the Concours is once again kindly sponsored by Classic & Sports Car magazine and is open to the first 100 entries through the gate before 12 noon and is judged by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Simon Taylor from Classic and Sports Car Magazine. The overall winner of the Concours receives a silver salver and is invited to display the vehicle on the Club’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November. Alongside the highlights will be a weekend full of competition with a wide variety of cars tackling the famous hill. Off track, The Courtyard is where you will find the main stage hosting non-stop music and dancing for those who wish to relax and soak up the atmosphere. The main stage also plays host to the driver and celebrity interviews.
SPEED RECORDS - THE CAMPBELLS:
We look forward to welcoming Gina Campbell and Don Wales as we pay tribute to a record breaking family. Gina and Don will be chatting on the main stage with David Tremayne as well as doing book signing session on the Peter James and Stewart Miller Insurance stand.
THE NAPIER BLUEBIRD:
There will be many examples of cars associated with The Campbells including the Napier Bluebird replica with its mighty W12 aero engine carrying out demonstration runs on the hill twice on each day.
CAR LAUNCH: To mark the achievements of The Campbell’s, a very special car will be unveiled dedicated to Bluebird
The World Rally Car burst onto the scene in 1997 and to celebrate we will have a variety of cars in action and on display including the 555 Subaru Impreza and Ford Escort Cosworth. When not in action the cars will be displayed on the Peter James Lawn.
GROUP A RALLYING:
From 1987 the Group A rally cars took over from Group B. There will be a variety of them in action on both days, including the Ford Sierra Cosworth, Subaru Legacy and Imprezas, Vauxhall Astras and Novas, Volkswagens and Audis. All these cars will be displayed on the Peter James Lawn when not in action on the hill.
MUSIC AND INTERVIEWS:
The Courtyard Main Stage will host non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend from music acts, dancing to interviews with VIP guests.
This year’s music acts include: My Favourite Things, the UK’s No.1 Vintage Sister Duo performing music from the vintage era of the 1930’s-50s, the kings of swing, the ‘Ding Dong Daddios’ who will fill your ears with a blend of Jump Jive and Swing, plus spectacular rock n roll music which will have the whole place Rockin’ by Sam and The Sax, and Jon Clare & The Fabulous Dough Boys. Each day there will be FREE beginners dance lesson courtesy of ‘All About Swing’ - teachers from the West midlands.
This year we will be having a flypast from the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight. On Saturday the skies will reverberate to the sound of the Hurricane and Sunday the most successful RAF heavy bomber, the Lancaster will fly down the valley. All subject to weather and timings.
Sunday will be the very popular Concours d’elegance for cars driven to the event and sponsored by Classic and SportsCar magazine. The Concours is open to the first 100 entries through the gate before 12 noon and is judged by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Simon Taylor from Classic and Sports Car Magazine. The top 15 class winners will get to parade up the famous hill climb course during the lunch break interval. There is no charge to enter the Concours but cars must be driven through the entry gate, no trailers please! The overall winner of the Concours receives a silver salver and is invited to display the vehicle on the Club’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.
If you are coming along we would encourage you to come in period dress and you will be able to enter our competition for the best period dressed people. The competition will be judged in the Courtyard at 4.00pm daily.
Why not organise a car club ‘drive out’ or meet to Classic Nostalgia?
Car Clubs are being made very welcome with dedicated areas for those bringing 25 cars or more. A discount code will be provided to all clubs that register, and entitle members to 20% off the advance ticket price, as well as forward parking. The offer is valid until the 9th July. To obtain a dedicated discount car club code please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you will join us, for what will be a truly spectacular weekend.