The Classic, Silverstone 2022The Classic, Silverstone 2022
The Classic, Silverstone 2022

Pictures show The Classic cars racing through Silverstone at special star-studded bank holiday event

Chart-topper Rick Astley brought the curtain down on The Classic after three days of motor sport races, family entertainment, and live music at sunny Silverstone.

The annual event was moved to a new date taking place over the August Bank Holiday with organisers claiming to have sold a record amount of tickets.

In total, more than 100,000 people attended over the three days with more families attending than ever before.

The ‘Best of British’ bill featured no fewer than 20 retro races spanning 10 decades of motorsport history.

Included in the activities were: interactive driving experiences, extreme sport demonstrations, Formula 1 displays, race simulations, stunt shows plus thousands of glittering classic cars sparkling in the sunshine.All seven of Lewis Hamilton’s championship winning Formula 1 cars displayed together for the very first time.

Another world exclusive saw James Bond cars from the latest 007 film No Time To Die displayed.

A newly introduced Foodie Fest was launched this year, with masterclasses from celebrity chefs including Lesley Waters, Niall Kirkland and Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown.

Another popular new attraction was Switch Live powered by myenergi, offering visitors an insight into the latest generation of electric and hybrid cars with test drives offered, too.

Petrolhead turned farmer Jeremy Clarkson was another famous TV face at The Classic. His renowned Diddly Squat Farm Shop had its first pop-up store at Silverstone while fellow car show presenter, Mike Brewer and Marc 'Elvis' Priestley, from the Discovery Channel’s globally successful Wheeler Dealers show, were sharing their passion and knowledge with the tens of thousands of enthusiasts.

Damon Hill, the 1996 Formula One World Champion was at Silverstone to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his father’s first title which came in 1962 with BRM – the first British driver in a British car to take the top title.Anthony Hamilton also called into The Classic to see all seven of his son Lewis’ title winners.

Derek Bell, led a parade of Group C idols to mark the 40 years since Silverstone witnessed its first race for the cars back in 1982.

The iconic blue and white Rothmans Porsche 962 Bell drove was awarded the Stuart Graham ‘Scarf and Goggles’ Trophy presented annually to what is judged to be the most admired car on track at The Classic. Bell joined Stuart Graham to present the trophy to arch Group C enthusiast, collector and racer Henry Pearman who helped to curate the incredible collection on show.

The iconic blue and white Rothmans Porsche 962 Bell drove was awarded the Stuart Graham ‘Scarf and Goggles’ Trophy presented annually to what is judged to be the most admired car on track at The Classic. Bell joined Stuart Graham to present the trophy to arch Group C enthusiast, collector and racer Henry Pearman who helped to curate the collection on show.

The Adrian Flux Car Club of the Show went to the Cobra Replica Club Cobra – a driving force behind a track parade of more than 125 original and imitation models celebrating the idolised AC Cobra’s 60th birthday. The Yokohama Legends prize went to the limited-run De Tomaso P72 supercar.

An eclectic collection of road and racing classics also came under the Silverstone Auctions’ hammer – the most notable lot being the unique black Ford Escort RS Turbo created specifically for the personal use of Diana, Princess of Wales which sold for £650,000.

Victories in those three showdowns went to Ben Mitchell in a 1977 Martini MK19/20, the flame-spitting 1990 Nissan Skyline of Andy Middlehurst (after the Sierra RS 500 opposition was sidelined by a first corner coming together of multiple cars) and the 1928 Frazer Nash TT replica shared by a delighted Gregor Fisken and Pat Blakeney-Edwards.

A grid of more than 60 vehicles lined-up for Classic GT Cars (Pre ’66) – Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie winning the fiercely fought 50-minute encounter in their 1965 Shelby American Cobra Daytona, less than two seconds clear of James Dodds in his solo driven 1965 Jaguar E-type. Sir Chris Hoy, sharing the drive with Marco Attard, was also in the mix this year contesting the International Trophy in a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Saturday evening’s final race, the Yokohama Trophy for Masters Sports Car Legends, produced even more drama with Tom Bradshaw’s 1971 Chevron B19 staggering across the line with broken front suspension. Bradshaw’s late troubles should have handed victory to the hard-charging 1971 Lola T70 Mk3B of Alex Brundle but he was forced to retire to the pits on the penultimate lap allowing the hobbling Chevron to take the spoils. In the same race, Dean Forward propelled his similar Lola T70 from the back of the grid to finish a heroic fifth and claim a Bremont watch recognising the Bremont Classic Moment.

Sunday morning’s MRL Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy was won outright by Roger Wills in his 1958 Lotus XV with the 1955 HWM shared by Fisken and Martin Stretton pipping the similarly aged Jaguar D-type of John and Gary Pearson to top honours among the Woodcote Trophy runners by a bonnet length.Ben Mitchell then made it two out of two in the second of the HSCC Historic F2 sprints before James Cottingham and Harvey Stanley teamed up in their 1961 Jaguar E-type to take top honours in the coveted Royal Automobile Club Historic Tourist Trophy (MRL Pre ’63).Appropriately both Frank Williams Memorial Trophy Races for Masters Racing Legends were won by Mike Cantillon in his Williams FW07C – the car raced by Carlos Reutemann in the 1981 Las Vegas title decider – with the trophies awarded on Sunday by Sir Frank Williams’ two sons Jonathan and Jaime.Will Nuthall also did the F1 double winning both HGPCA Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars in his 1960 McLaren Cooper T53 raced by Bruce McLaren in period.After Jamie Constable powered his Pescarolo LMP1 to victory in Saturday’s opening Masters Endurance Legends contest, Tim De Silva won Sunday’s follow-up encounter in another of the low-slung French prototypes, but only after a thrilling last corner lunge on Mike Lyons’ Lola B12/80.Dean Forward seemed set to dominate the HSCC Thundersports contest before retiring his mighty 8-litre V8 powered 1972 McLaren M8F and handing the laurels to the far less potent 2-litre 1974 Chevron B26 of John Burton.The weekend was brought to a rousing finale by the Adrian Flux Trophy for Transatlantic Pre ’66 Touring Cars. With tin-top legends such as Steve Soper and Andy Priaulx at the helm, the big American muscle cars went to work. The 1964 Ford Falcon giving drivers Thomas and Lockie their second major success of the meeting.“Once again, The Classic has served up a phenomenal festival weekend to a record crowd,” says Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic promoter Goose Live Events. “There really was something special for absolutely everyone to enjoy in the wonderful sunshine at Silverstone over three memorable days of entertainment both on and off the Grand Prix circuit.“As ever, the non-stop racing has been action-packed and the anniversary track parades equally outstanding – in many ways that’s a given. The addition of so much more family entertainment and attractions, though, has added yet another dimension to what’s now a real fun-fuelled summer bank holiday festival.”

Coverage from the event can be replayed on YouTube here, a two-hour highlights show will air on ITV Four next month.