Earlier this year, the British Racing Drivers’ Club, owners of the Silverstone racing circuit, greenlit negotiations with Jaguar Land Rover for a deal which could see the Coventry carmaker acquiring the storied track. While the pact for a proposed 249-year lease is yet to be sealed, Jaguar is all set to take over proceedings at the upcoming Silverstone Classic, which will be held from July 29 to 31. As the Official Experiential Partner of the historic motor racing festival, Jaguar will unleash a formidable range of its classic racers including C-Types, D-Types, E-Types, and Group C prototypes onto the Northamptonshire track.
Apart from these iconic heritage racers, fans of the British marque will also get a chance to go drifting in an F-Type while a professional driver pushes it to its limits. The drift experience, which will be part of the Art of Performance Tour, will be held within the event’s Adrenaline Zone on all three days.
There’s more to keep Jaguar aficionados busy, with the XK and Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Clubs celebrating 50 years of the E-Type 2+2, 30 years of the XJ40, 20 years of the XK8 and several other milestones in the marque’s history. These celebrations will be marked with special displays and track parades.
The annual festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, attracts 1,100 race entries on an average, and drew a record crowd of more than 100,000 in 2015, which also saw a whopping 10,000 classic cars on display.
If you plan to attend the three-day festival, it’s highly recommended that you buy tickets in advance. Adult admission rates for the Silverstone Classic start at £42 (Dh205), with £6 (Dh30) for accompanied children aged between six and 16 years old. If you go to the event’s official website, you can choose from a range of weekend, camping, VIP hospitality and Family tickets as well.