The Silverstone Classic 2016 was held 29-31 July at the historic 3.6-mile Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in Northamptonshire, England. The 26th annual historic race again welcomed more than 100,000 enthusiasts to witness a field of more than 1,100 race entries covering the full spectrum of motorsport greats.
The programme of 20 races at the 2016 Silverstone Classic — all staged on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit — not only bought back some great memories of bygone eras but also provided some memorable entertainment of the kind not often served up in contemporary motor sport. Whether it’s abiding sights of much-loved classics drifting through corners, or the lasting sounds of roaring V8 and V12 engines at full chat, crowds were treated to some unforgettable racing. Indeed, Sunday afternoon’s FIA Masters Historic F1 encounter was one of the most exciting showdowns ever staged at Silverstone. Six stupendous Grand Prix cars from the eighties — all still in their iconic period liveries — battled wheel-to-wheel, lap after lap, right down to the chequered flag.
There was a myriad of other stand-out highlights during the three-day Silverstone Classic 2016 event. Can-Am cars celebrated the awesome series’ 50th birthday and in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars the rarely seen light-blue Matra MS650 overcame all the Lola T70s to win Saturday evening’s thrilling contest. Two-wheel heroes Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer were among the World GP Bike Legends back aboard their fearsome 500cc bikes and then came all the typical touring car thrills and spills of Tin Top Sunday.
The sight and sound of Mika Häkkinen’s 2001 British Grand Prix-winning McLaren MP4/16A was another of the weekend’s many acoustic high spots as were the 1990s Endurance Legends — an amazing gathering of Ferraris, Jaguars, Porsches and other GT and sports prototypes, which also included touring car legend Steve Soper behind the wheel of Nick Mason’s fabulous McLaren F1.
The Classic, though, is not all about the racing. Away from the circuit and central music stage, the 800-acre Silverstone estate was crammed full of wonderful family entertainment, with visitors treated to a host of activities for all ages. The event’s biggest-ever Sunday crowd was treated to a magical mix of air displays, street car shoot-outs, an Adrenalin Zone, interactive challenges, car club displays, period fun fair plus a busy shopping village.
“I know we say the same every summer but this year’s Silverstone Classic really was the biggest and best yet,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, the company behind the Silverstone Classic. “A massive amount of work goes into the organisation of what’s the biggest classic motor racing meeting on the planet but when you see all these amazing grids, all the phenomenal car club displays and all the smiling faces of the young and not quite so young, you can’t help but be both proud and inspired. Once again, we have raised the bar. Our target is now to raise it still higher in 2017!”
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the Silverstone Classic 2016 with the following images from the 26th edition of the “World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival”. We split up pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery and race reports / winners can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all 580 photographs.
Silverstone Classic 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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