The full programme of racing at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (20th-22th July) is completed today with confirmation that the ultra-popular Road Sports will return to the three-day festival bill.
It will be the first time that one of the UK’s most affordable – and accessible – historic race grids has been included on the Classic roster since 2010 and will add yet another dimension to a mouth-watering line-up that already includes more period motor sport than any other event on Earth.
Guaranteeing a capacity 58-car field, the special showdown will include competitors from both the Historic Sports Car Club’s (HSCC) thriving 70s Road Sports and Historic Road Sports Championships. The one-off 30-minute race will take place in front of huge audience on Saturday afternoon.
“While many of the fabulous races at the Classic showcase some of the world’s finest race cars from great bygone eras, it’s equally important that we include races that are more accessible to a wider audience,” explained Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, organiser of the Silverstone Classic and himself a three-time winner of the much-coveted Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy.
“Not only is it possible for enthusiasts to buy a competitive Road Sports racer for less than £10,000, but lots of the well-respected marques on the grid reflect the classic cars owned and driven by the many thousands of car club members coming to the festival.”
The 70s Road Sports Championship features road-legal production sports cars produced and registered in the 1970s. Some minor modifications to engines and suspension are permitted, but bodyshells must remain standard. The result is a huge and varied field, packed with Porsches, Datsuns, MGs and many more timeless marques.
Like its 1970s counterpart, the Historic Road Sports Championship stars production sports and GT cars built and registered between 1947 and 1969. To be eligible, models again must be road legal and should have a period competition history. The grids are packed with TVRs, Lotuses, MGs, Morgans, Porsches, Ginettas, Turners and even a few Ferraris and Mustang muscle cars.
“We all love admiring the timeless masterpieces that grace most of the fantastic grids at the Silverstone Classic but, in reality, the sport can be expensive – that’s where our two Road Sport series come in,” said Grahame White, Chief Executive of the HSCC. “These championships offer those enthused by the thriving retro-racing scene a very affordable way to share in the nostalgic excitement. Hopefully, many of those attending the Classic will be inspired to join us in the future.”
Confirmation that Road Sports will be making a welcome return, completes an amazing 21-race schedule. Highlighting the full spectrum of historic motor racing, the line-up includes an unmissable feast of F1, Sportscar, GT, single-seater and touring car categories from yesteryear.
Adding further to the spectacle, Saturday evening’s evocative twilight races will honour 24-hour endurance racing while Tin Top Sunday will mark the 60th birthday of the evergreen British Touring Car Championship with four typically rumbustious, bumper-to-bumper showdowns for past generations of BTCC cars.