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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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.

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.

The HERO Training Day Ideal for those that are thinking of entering or have already entered either their first event, have done a few and now need to understand what it is all about and those that have not competed for a while. Whilst the navigators learn the basics the drivers are shown how best to prepare their car. This course is essential for anyone attempting Classic Rallying as well as tackling Endurance events such as Le Jog. 

Navigators:

Learn how to:

  • Follow the right route
  • Plot on a map
  • Understand the Timing-Learn the tricks 
  • Using a Trip Preparing your side of the car Plus much, much more.   

One simple tip picked up on this course could transform your rallying All navigators are given handouts - detailed notes that they can refer back to. 

Drivers:

  • A walk around a prepared car
  • What you need to do to the car and have in the car to pass scrutineering?
  • Best practice for car preparation for reliability and safety
  • What you need to carry such as spares, tools, etc.,  What to wear  or rather what not to wear!

£50.00 (GBP)
Price is per person and included coffee at registration
Please register any additional attendees as guests

26th February 2017
Time: 11:00 - 13:00

REGISTER

Ticket for Driver and Navigator Introduction Training does not include entry to the show please ensure you purchase your show entry ticket separately.

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

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

 

The British Historic Kart club’s demos on the live action circuit have always been popular with visitors at the Race Retro Show for many years.  These demos and the members’ enthusiasm has shown visitors a great way of getting into historic motorsport with many visitors acquiring a kart and become drivers at a following race retro show!

People seem to think it is just a way into car racing but it actually has more depth to the sport and  operates along side and parallel to other areas of motorsport.

Ed McDonough and Barrie Williams will both be visiting our stand over the weekend.  Motor journalist Ed McDonough started his career karting in America in 1958 and often guest drives a kart at the show.  Barrie Williams started his early career making and racing Fastakarts with his father in 1959 before his big break when he won the 1960 Welsh rally in Mini.  He still owns one of his kart creations which will also be on our stand.

Another of the show’s motor sport celebrities and visiting our stand is from the other end of motorsport, Ed Thurston.  Ed is one of the “young stars” now making name in car racing.  Ed started with us very young driving a 1963 Techno kart and as he grew progressed into more powerful karts and became one of the top drivers within the historic kart movement commanding a respect from his elder peers that was beyond his years.   Get to show as he will be telling this chapter in his life during his interviews on the interview stage.  Time and other show appointments permitting he will guest drive a kart during the live action demonstrations.

 

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:

  • An opportunity, not available anywhere else, to get behind the wheel and drive a Classic Car at the Race Retro Show this February.
  • Ten of HERO’s Arrive & Drive cars will be available for you to take the wheel on a specially created driving route around the Stoneleigh site and along the public roads.  From a Porsche 911 to, what many people believe to be the purists rally car, a Ford Cortina GT along with a variety of cars in between.
  • You have the opportunity to drive one of these incredible Classic Cars yourself. You can book for you, a friend, partner or even as a special occasion gift for someone else. Space is limited so we suggest that you book today.
  • The HERO Arrive & Drive fleet are regularly seen out on events. Between them, the cars listed below, have won 12 Awards and the Green Porsche 911 won the Icelandic Saga event outright. 
  • The cars are available in Groups and you can book a time slot of when you would like to drive on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • You can book these on site however spaces will be on a first come first serve basis and drives will be 8 – 12 minutes long.

Group 1 - £35 per drive

  • 1964 Triumph TR4 2138cc
  • 1965 Cortina GT 1500cc
  • 1966 Triumph TR4A (LHD) 2138cc
  • 1969 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato (LHD) 1290cc
  • 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1779cc
  • 1974 MGB Roadster  1800cc

Group 2 - £50 per drive

  • 1968 Porsche 911 SWB (Green) 2000cc
  • 1968 E Type 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe 4200cc
  • 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale (LHD) 2000cc
  • 1958 MGA Roadster (LHD) 1800cc

Reserve your drive now

Ticket for drive a classic car does not include entry to the show please ensure you purchase your show entry ticket separately.

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. 

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.