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Dates confirmed for Silverstone Classic 2020

Published 07 August 2019

Next year’s Silverstone Classic will take place from 31 July to 2 August. The provisional dates were announced just a few days after this curtain fell on this year’s event – but the dates are subject to change.

As always, the event  will be staged at the home of British motor sport two weeks after the British Grand Prix. With the Formula One dates provisionally confirmed for 17-19 July, the dates for the three-day 2020 Silverstone Classic will be confirmed once the Grand Prix schedule has been finalised later in the year.

Next year’s visitors can expect the usual celebration of motoring milestones as the Classic will no doubt mark 50 years of the Range Rover and Triumph Stag. Hopefully, we’ll also see 40th anniversary celebrations of the Metro and the Vauxhall Astra…

But show-goers will also be able to take part in another celebration – 30 years of the Silverstone Classic itself. Founded in 1990, the inaugural event attracted an audience of around 20,000, a handful of car club displays and a modest 426 racing entries. The latest edition of the event played host to a record 109,000 visitors, with 140 car clubs registered to display more than 10,000 classics, and 21 epic races attracting close to 1000 entries. 

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Races were won by Cooper, McLaren, Ligier and Lotus F1 cars; top sportscar honours went to drivers racing AC Cobras, a pre-war Bentley and a Jaguar D-type while Minis, a Mustang and a Ford Sierra RS500 were among the tin-top victors – proof of the wide range of cars on show.
 
There were new records on track, too, with never-seen-before numbers of Formula 2 single seaters as well as first generation Mini Coopers, the latter honouring six decades of Sir Alec Issigonis’ little treasure. Other special 2019 celebrations marked Bentley’s centenary, the 70th anniversary of Abarth and the 50th birthday of the Ford Capri, the ‘car you always promised yourself’.
  
‘I know we say this every year, but the Classic just keeps getting better as we work hard to ensure that each year is the best yet,’ enthused Nick Wigley, event CEO. ‘Now, with our own special landmark ahead in 2020, we will be keeping our pedal firmly to the metal and building ever further on what’s been achieved to date.’

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Full plans for the 30th anniversary of the first Silverstone Classic will be announced in the coming months and tickets will go on sale by the start of November... just time for Christmas.
 
In the meantime, all the 2019 race action is available on the Silverstone Classic YouTube channel and the highlights programme will also be broadcast on ITV4 after live coverage of the BTCC from Thruxton on 18 August.

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