Brakes on Silverstone Classic

May 28, 2020 Motoring

This summer’s flagship Silverstone Classic three-day festival – originally scheduled for the weekend of 31 July to the 2 August – has been cancelled.

As the world’s largest classic motor racing festival, the massive event always attracts unrivalled grids, many thousands of classic car owners and more than 100,000 visitors, many of whom camp out at Silverstone. The nature and scale of the event make running it in a safe, socially-distanced manner a huge challenge in the current situation and the event’s much-loved family festival ethos also means that running the event behind closed doors is not a feasible option.

This summer, the pioneering Classic had massive plans to celebrate its milestone 30th birthday with a special ‘greatest hits’ racecard but organisers have indicated that they will carry forward these celebrations to the 2021 event.

Nick Wigley, CEO of Classic organiser Goose Live Events, said: ‘Given the current circumstances and the unclear outlook on timescales, staging a postponed event – which was our original back-up plan – isn’t something we can plan for with any degree of certainty if we are to deliver the style of Classic that we all know and love.’

The record numbers of people who have already bought Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets will be offered the option either of rolling over their tickets to the 2021 event or requesting a full refund.

All ticket holders will be contacted in June with details of the next steps.

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