With only a few days left until this years Race Retro, I thought I'd give it a plug as sadly I won't be able to attend.
Held at Stonleigh show ground just outside Coventry, this years Race Retro will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ground-effects era in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, the centre piece of the show. The showstopper of the display will no doubt be the Lotus 79 which took Mario Andretti to the world championships and was the first car to take on this ground breaking technology back in 1978.
Joining the Lotus will be other iconic cars of the ground-effects era, including the Williams FW07 which saw Alan Jones win the championship in 1980, the Ralt 3 Martin Brundle raced against the late great Ayrton Senna in British F3. You'll also find the ex-Siegfried Stohr Chevron B48 F2, freshly restored by Steve Worrad Racing.
The Motor Sport Live Stage will play host to motorsport legends, many of which will be linked to one of the iconic cars on display throughout the four halls. 250 specialist exhibitors will fill the halls including Race Series, Car Clubs, Autojumble and those with the parts you just can’t find anywhere else.
In its second year running there’ll be the Pride of the Paddock competition for any car that has competed in a race or rally or high spec replicas of racing and rally cars from historic motorsport.
Outside, the Live Rally Stage with see around 80 Group B and C rally cars across the Saturday and Sunday putting on a fantastic display of what Rally Cars can really do. For those wanting to get a piece of the action, Rallying with Group B will be selling passenger rides throughout the weekend.
Advance ticket prices...
• Adult/Senior 16+ : £20.00
• Child (5-15) : £5.00
• Child (0-5) : FREE
• Groups (10 or more adults) : £19.50
• Weekend Pass (Friday & Saturday) : £35.00
• Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday) : £35.00
• 3 day pass : £54.00
• Adult/Senior 16+ admission + 6 month subscription to Motor Sport magazine: £35.00
Group booking for groups of 10 or more people receive an additional 10% discount to advance tickets.
On the door prices...
• Adult/Senior 16+ : £26.00
• Child (5-15) : £7.00
• Child (0-5) : FREE
• Weekend Pass (Friday & Saturday) : £48.00
• Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday) : £48.00
• 3 day pass : £60.00
It’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday with live track sessions on Saturday and Sunday.
Have I mentioned the Silverstone Auctions Halls? Last years auction was a record breaker as 76% of the lots were hammered away to the tune of £5.7million, over £1 million more than 2016. Some of these included the 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C race car that went to a new home for £530,000, and the 1961 Emeryson F1 Climax FPF that saw the hammer down at £174,380.
There were also big numbers being spent in the classic car sale with a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246GT selling at £439,875, Jensen Button’s 2005 Ford GT at £264,375, and a 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S at £378,950.
As I mentioned at the start, sadly I won’t be able to make it this year, but here are a bunch load of photos from last years event to hopefully whet your appetite!
For more details, check out their website at www.RaceRetro.com