Silverstone Classic 2014 – In The Garages

Silverstone Classic 2014 – Historic Motorsport Icons

When you think of a British Motorsport venue your thoughts jumps straight to Silverstone in leafy Buckinghamshire – so there’s nowhere better in my opinion to hold a Classic and Vintage Motorsport event. The Silverstone Classic 2014 was a last minute deal for me, I’d heard about the event but never attended and after seeing all the Classic LeMans coverage, I was itching to get my yearly dose of Classic Motorsport.

It all came about one evening surfing the internet when suddenly the memory of a conversation with a colleague about the show popped into my head, a quick investigation later and two tickets were winging their way to me in the post. The lucky recipient of the second ticket…my very patient girlfriend, boy was she in for a treat.

With the promise of historic F1, classic LeMans and early naughties ‘money no object’ British Touring Cars – the alarm was set for 5:45am…the early bird always catches the worm and man what a worm.
Maserati 1930's F1 - Silverstone Classic 2014
The first stop on arrival (after coffee) was the International Paddock, the early start was made better (for me anyway) by what greeted us. Empty pit garages with unprecedented access to some of the most iconic race cars in the business, WIN. It had the feel of a museum before opening, to the point that my girlfriend kept asking “if we were meant to be there”, it all seemed too good to be true. The sheer openness to roam around the garages whilst last minute prep was being done by race mechanics was simply amazing. I was like a giddy fat kid in a sweet shop.
Maserati 1930's F1 Car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Maserati 1930's V12 F1 Car - SIlverstone Classic 2014
It’s not often you can get this up close to some Motorsport greats, often we as spectators are kept at arms length to the cars and drivers but not at the Silverstone Classic. Drivers, mechanics, marshalls all mixed with visitors in pure petrol head harmony…I likened the atmosphere to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Whilst FoS is a special event in itself you’re still not able to get too close to the cars or drivers.
Yardley McLaren F1 Car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Maserati F1 Car Wheel Hub - Silverstone Classic 2014
1000 cars competed over the weekend in over 20 frantic races, the grids were huge and provided for some non-stop trading of paint throughout the weekend. I couldn’t keep up with the wealth of cars on show and on the track but I’m not going to lie, whilst the racing was fantastic and thrilling to watch, I was more concerned about getting up close to the machines.
Mini Cooper S - Silverstone Classic 2014
Silverstone Classic 2014 - Mini Cooper S
Because the Silverstone Classic 2014 was such a late call I didn’t have many expectations. I was literally left brain numb (in a good way) from the whole experience – the atmosphere was great, everyone I came across in the car clubs were so passionate about their cars and wow the cars…
Jaguar race car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Jaguar racecar - SIlverstone Classic
Jaguar race car - Silverstone Classic 2014
wheels and Jag Silverstone Classic 2014
BMW E9 CSL GT Car - Silverstone Classic 2014

The images here are a small sample of what was on show in and around the International Paddock set in the stunning new start finish straight pit building. I have lots more coverage from the Silverstone Classic planned, including some of the cars from the National Paddock, some of the many club cars on show as well as a selection of the best Porsche’s at the show. Stay tuned…

Kitch

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The Sounds of Goodwood – Porsche

Porsche do Goodwood Festival of Speed in style, they go big with their stand presence and they have a heap of race spec cars from classic Le Man winners all the way up to Rally Spec 911’s…plus they went big last year for the 50th anniversary of the 911 with sponsorship of the iconic sculpture in front of Goodwood house. So when they published this video capturing the essence of Goodwood I thought it was definitely worth a share. Turn it up, absorb the noise and get a feel for the Goodwood atmosphere Porsche style…enjoy.

Kitch

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