Race Retro entered a new era with a record turnout for the 15th anniversary "super show" The international historic motorsport show, opened its doors for 2017 with a fresh new look, exciting new features, and more cars than ever before to celebrate its 15th anniversary at Stoneleigh Park, resulting in a record turnout over the three-day event. With plenty of motorsport action, both inside the halls and out on the Live Rally Stage, 21,000 attendees joined the party with special guests including rally legend Ari Vatanen, Le Mans endurance hero Tom Kristensen, and former Motorcycle World Champion ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer.
Race Retro 2017 featured more historic, vintage, classic and retro motorsport vehicles than ever before with hundreds of stunning competition cars and bikes covering all disciplines from Formula One to hill climbing, rallying to GT cars, with fantastic displays by motorsport clubs from around the UK. Hall of Fame inductee Tom Kristensen thrilled the crowds as he climbed back into his Bentley overalls and the Speed 8 in which he won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 2013, before taking to the Motor Sport Live Stage to be interviewed and taking questions from a packed audience.
It was a huge weekend for Silverstone Auctions with its best Race Retro sale ever as 76 per cent of the lots were hammered away to the tune of £5.7million, over £1 million more than 2016. Notable Competition Car sales 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.