Motorsport

Silverstone Classic – Provisional dates 26/27/28 July 2019

The world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Silverstone Classic, joined us at the Show with some very special race cars, and talked about what’s in store for the 2019 event.

The packed weekend of the Silverstone Classic provides spectacular classic motor racing on the world famous circuit, impressive track parades, infield displays from over 100 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars, plus interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations. There’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy too, with live music from headline acts, air displays, a vintage fun fair, and a shopping village. It’s an event for the whole family and provides the ultimate annual celebration of classic cars. The team were on hand to tell visitors all about it.

Find out more about the Silverstone Classic at www.silverstoneclassic.com

Celebrating 60yrs of the British Rally Championship

Madonna. Simon Le Bon. Kate Bush. Blue Peter and the LEGO brick. All of these things have one thing in common – they’re all 60 this year.

Knocking on the door of decade number seven, they’re all in pretty good shape – and the same can be said for the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship in its Diamond anniversary season.

Formed in 1958, the championship has come a long way. The inaugural series was won by Ron Gouldbourn and co-driver Stuart Turner in a Triumph TR3 road car, which only had a few modifications to prepare it for Britain’s forestry tracks.

Fast forward 60 years through wonderful periods including Roger Clark in the immortal Ford Escort, the McRae versus Brookes battles in the early eighties, the monstrous Group B era and on to the space age WRC and R5 pocket-rockets of the modern gladiators today.

Britain’s premier rallying series has always been one of the go to places for any aspiring rally driver and crews from all around the world have done battle in the forests and tarmac lanes across the British Isles in the hope of getting noticed in World Rally Championship circles.  What’s the best way to win the World Championship? Simple. Secure the British Rally Championship first. Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomqvist, Colin McRae and Richard Burns all wrote their names on the coveted BRC trophy before taking over the world a year or two later.

Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod wrapped up their first BRC title in front of huge home crowds at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB just a month ago and have their sights set on challenging some of the world’s best in 2019.

On Regent Street in 2018, Edwards’ closest rival – 2011 BRC Champion David Bogie displayed his exciting Skoda Fabia R5 along with Junior BRC star Alex Waterman and his Ford Fiesta R2T.

To find out more about the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship head to msabrc.com and follow the series on social media.

Motor sport fans were also stirred by the special one-off presence of competition cars celebrating the 60th anniversaries of both premier MSA British Rally and MSA British Touring Car Championships – the latter represented by Colin Turkington’s recent title-winning BMW 125i M Sport.