Show Features

Race Retro Cars

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. 

Motor Sport Live Stage with racing legends

One of  Race Retro 2017's many highlights was the new Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live, featuring around £30million of stunning motoring history from the 1957 British Grand Prix winning Vanwall, raced to victory by Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks, to the latest Bentley GT3 racer that had come straight from pre-season testing. 

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. 

A huge crowd gathered as Jim Clark’s Lotus 33 R11 was unveiled for the first time in public for over 40 years as part of a launch for the Jim Clark Trust’s crowdfunding appeal. Jim’s cousin Doug Niven spoke of the plans to open a new Jim Clark Museum in 2018, asking for support to make the fantastic new development a reality. 

Silverstone Auctions

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. 

Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live

One of the show’s many highlights was the new Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live, featuring around £30million of stunning motoring history from the 1957 British Grand Prix winning Vanwall, raced to victory by Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks, to the latest Bentley GT3 racer that had come straight from pre-season testing. 

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. 

 

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Driver and Navigator Introduction Training

HERO Introductory Training -

We will be running our popular Training session on Sunday 26th February at the Race Retro show. The Training session is aimed at both drivers and Navigators and a must for anyone considering entering a regularity rally.

Retro Classic Tour

Join us on Saturday 25th February for the Retro Classic Tour

It’s Back! Following the success for the first Retro Classic Tour in 2016 we are delighted to announce that the Tour will once again run on Saturday 25th February 2017

Scrutineering will take place on the Apron outside the main entrance to the show and cars will be parked ‘on display’ for the public to view prior to the start of the Tour.  The route will be approximately 120/140 miles, on an all asphalt route, taking in the great scenic driving roads towards Oxford and surrounding area. The first car is due to leave around 10am and return after 3pm.

Space is limited with just 60 places so don’t delay in submitting your entry

The Entry Fee is £175. Book by 16th January to benefit from the Early Bird Rate of £160! (Subject to space)

  •          Start and finish from the main entrance to the Race Retro Show
  •          Crews waved off by the visiting show crowds
  •          Open to Historic & Classic cars, modern cars welcome too

Entry fee includes:

  •    Entry to the Retro Classic Tour for one car and a crew of two – additional crew are welcome, a supplement applies.
  •    Entry to the Race Retro show before and after the Tour on Saturday
  •    Two tickets for the Race Retro show for Sunday 26th
  •    Light lunch on the Tour route
  •    Souvenir Road & Map books
  •    Souvenir Rally plate
  •    Personalised name badges
  •    Access to the HERO VIP area on the HERO stand at the Race Retro show on the Saturday & Sunday

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Classic Kart Racing

Before the rally cars take to the Live Rally Stage, it’s the turn of the British Historic Kart Club to demonstrate the power these ‘pocket rockets’ have in competition. Around 40 karts will take to the stage in a fast and furious display guaranteed to get pulses racing.

The live action takes place on Saturday and Sunday - Make sure you arrive early to get the best spot (please follow signage on-site to live rally stage)

10:00am – 10:30am  - Historic Karting
2:00pm - 2:30pm      - Historic Karting

 

Trader Village and Autojumble

The extensive Trader Village and Autojumble will offer everything you need for the coming season – be it as a driver, mechanic, crew or an ardent enthusiast. A treasure trove for those tackling restoration projects, the popular Autojumble will feature over 100 stands offering all sorts of parts, spares, tools and oddments.

The full floorplan will be available to view from Monday 20th February 2017.

Hero – Drive a Classic Car Experience

Drive a Classic Car Experience:

Race Series and Clubs on Speed Street

Race series and clubs will be located on Speed Street in Hall 2

Throughout the UK, hundreds of classic and vintage motoring clubs run motorsport series that attract a wide variety of vehicles, from pre-war vintage and veteran to 1950s and 60s saloons and retro classics from the 1970s and 80s. From multi-marque regional clubs to the motorsport departments of national motoring clubs; racing clubs and rally registers to hill climbers and auto testers. 

All the major race series are taking part at Race Retro 2017, this year Speed Street Race series and club exhibitors will include:

Classic Touring Car Racing Club, Historic Sports Car Club, Classic Sports Car Club, Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Racing, The Vintage Sports Car Club, FBHVC, Castle Combe Circuit, BRSCC and 750 Motor Club.

 

Classic Motorcycles

Motorcycle racing fans were entertained by Fast Freddie Spencer, also a Hall of Fame nominee for 2017, who gave a preview of his forthcoming book in his interviews as well as announcing the winners of the Retro & Café Racer competition. Ken Perch and his 1964 Aermacchi Ala D’Oro was the runner up to Phil Knapton’s 1974 Suzuki GT750 two-stroke Café Racer. 

Live Rally Stage with Group B cars

Out on the Live Rally Stage, under the watchful eye of the team from Rallying with Group B, around 80 Group A, B and C cars provided spectators with thrill after thrill especially when former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen got back behind the wheel of the Rothmans Ford Escort and Subaru Legacy he drove in period. 

The Live Rally Stage celebrated rallying’s past with a stunning selection of cars brought together by Rallying with Group B.  There was also an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a passenger ride with one of the experienced drivers.

There was a stunning choice of cars taking part on the Live Rally stage: such as Ford Escorts and Sierras, Mini Coopers recreating the scenes of ’60s rallying, Chrysler Avenger's and Fiat 131 Abarth represented the following decade, whilst going into the 1980s, a Lotus Sunbeam, Audi Quattros and a fire-breathing Metro 6R4, along with its Peugeot 205 T16 electrified the crowds.

2018 will bring more exciting cars to the Live Rally Stage, watch this space!