A few weeks ago we were invited to spend the day at the Silverstone Classic, a car rally for classic cars. Growing up as the daughter of a car mechanic who adores the classic cars of the '60s I knew this was going to be a tricky thing to tell my dad about without him crying with envy, and so I was fortunate that I was able to use the 'excuse' of going to see Roary the Racing Car.
The day dawned bright and sunny, the heat setting in already. Remember those days? It was only a week or so ago, I promise!
Parking at Silverstone was as easy as getting there, very! There are dedicated carparks surrounding the circuit and the roads around are carefully designed to keep the flow moving. We parked, visited the (clean) facilities and made our way into the grounds to be greeted with the roar of the engines from the '60s GT cars pounding the circuit. That roar is astounding, penetrating into your chest and amping up adrenaline. Now I understand why so many people love watching racing. The sight of the classic cars from fifty years ago zooming under the bridge was quite amazing and we spent about fifteen minutes trying to choose which one we thought was going to win.
The Silverstone Classic is a well thought out day, with plenty for all the family to do: different eras of cars and clubs, a vintage funfair, the AA World (which we completely missed and I kicked myself for!) and the food courts. The range of food was reasonable for non-vegetarians, but I was left with the choice of margharita pizza or cheese and tomato pizza, if you understand my meaning. At £8.50 for a ten inch pizza cooked several hours before, prices are vastly inflated and not justified. If I was intending to eat there again, I'd take a picnic.
The vintage funfair was excellent and perfectly pitched at the under 7 year olds who aren't interested in the cars; a helter-skelter, small and large carousel, a small rollercoaster and dodgems kept us entertained for about an hour and a half. And it was all free!
The main reason that we were attending the Silverstone Classic was to enjoy the Roary the Racing Car stageshow that was held on the main stage, alternated with various other stage acts and rock bands. It was a good show, lasting 25 minutes and featured Big Chris and Roary. Roary was very realistic, but it would have been better had he been capable of moving around the stage a little, but Big Chris and his narrating assistant did a good job of entertaining the children and telling the story.
We really enjoyed our day at Silverstone, the Classic is good fun for all those who have an interest in cars and racing, and the Roary Stageshow is just the thing for young racing enthusiasts.
We received free tickets to the Silverstone Classic in exchange for this post. My opinion is honest and unbiased.