Show Features

Race Retro Cars

Race Retro 2017 will feature 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.

Motor Sport Live Stage with racing legends

The place to see all your favourite stars from historic motorsport, the Motor Sport Live Stage will host some of the greatest names to have ever crossed the finish line. Each day will see a mix of motoring heroes, industry experts and hear insightful anecdotes of what has been called the golden years of motor sport. Listen to what our guests think of their modern counterparts as well as having the opportunity to ask them your questions. Visitors will also be able to take part in autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

Please note that a British Sign Interpreter will be on the the Live Stage on Saturday 25th February 2017. Keep checking back for the full Motor Sport Live Stage line-up & timetable!     

Silverstone Auctions

The auction house returns with not one but two sales following its record breaking success in 2016, where it achieved total sales of £4.7million. The first sale is dedicated to competition cars, featuring some unmissable lots for historic motorsport drivers, taking place on Friday 24th February. This will be followed by a two-day Classic Car, Motorcycle and Automobilia sale on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February.

Viewing of all the lots  on offer is available all day on Friday, with the Competition Car Sale beginning at 3pm. Viewing is also available from 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday, with automobilia and lifestyle items auctioned at 10.30am, followed by motorcars at 1.30pm on both sale days.

To gain access to the sales and auction halls visitors must purchase a catalogue from Silverstone Auctions, which are available on the door, priced at £20 which admits two people.

If you would like to sell your car, motorcycle or automobilia item at the sale please contact Silverstone Auctions on +44 (0)1926 691141 or email

Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live

Motor Sport’s Hall of Fame Live will give visitors the chance to meet Hall of Fame inductees from racing and rallying as well as enjoying live interviews with the stars. There will also be stunning displays of the cars and bikes that lead them to victory.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite motorsport legends who have been shortlisted to be inducted at the next Hall of Fame awards gala dinner in June 2017 and beyond.

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame, launched in 2010, inducts four motoring luminaries each year with names such as James Hunt, John McGuinness, Colin McRae, Niki Lauda, and Giacomo Agostini added to the prestigious list in recent times. 

To have your say on who should join the greats in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame use the form below to vote.

Live Rally Stage with Group B cars

The live action takes place on Saturday and Sunday

  • 10:15am – 10:30am  - Historic Karting
  • 10:30am – 1:00pm    - Rallying with Group B
  • 2:00pm - 2:15pm       - Historic Karting
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm       - Rallying with Group B

Our ever-popular Live Rally Stage celebrates rallying’s past with a stunning selection of cars brought together by Rallying with Group B. Expect to see the cars deemed ‘too fast to race’ as the breathtaking Group B and C cars, piloted by some of the greatest names in rallying, take to our bespoke Live Rally Stage on Saturday and Sunday. There is also the opportunity for visitors to enjoy a passenger ride with one of our experienced drivers.

Expect a stunning choice of cars taking part on the Live Rally stage: As well as Ford Escorts and Sierras, a Mini Cooper recreates the scenes of ’60s rallying, a Chrysler Avenger and Fiat 131 Abarth representing the following decade, while going into the 1980s, a Lotus Sunbeam, Audi Quattros and a fire-breathing Metro 6R4, along with its Peugeot 205 T16 should electrify the crowds.

And for those who think a Ferrari 308 wouldn’t make a rally car, think again – there’s one on the lining up on the Live Rally Stage. With informed and enthusiastic commentary from Tony Mason, the Rallying with Group B attraction is one that shouldn’t be missed, whatever the weather.

Passenger rides cannot be booked in advance and are available on a first come first served basis. 

Approx two laps of the rally stage 

Cost is £30.00

Book at the Rallying with Group B stand in Hall 1

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. 


Learn how to:

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

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


  • 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!


Race Retro 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



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.

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.

Hero – Drive a Classic Car Experience

Drive a Classic Car Experience:

Drive one of our Classic cars along a specially designed route. Cars are available to book by group and will be running on all three days of the show


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


Motorsport Clubs

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. 

Previous club attendees include the Vintage Sports Car Club, Historic Rally Car Register, Classic & Sports Car Club, Racing MGs, and British Historic Kart Club. For 2017, the organisers have created more club space than ever before to showcase the many facets of historic motorsport.

Classic Motorcycles

For fans of two-wheeled motorsport, Race Retro showcases classic and vintage motorcycles and scooters. Motorcycle racing fans can not only see these stunning bikes but can also get fired-up as these incredible machines get started up and brought back to life in the Fire Up Paddock. There will also be a selection of motorcycle clubs on display as well as the private individuals entered into the Café Racer Concours competition. 

For those looking to buy, head to Silverstone Auction’s Classic and Retro Sale plus there are hundreds of traders with everything you need for the coming season, be it as a racer, owner or armchair enthusiast, as well as the treasure trove that is the Autojumble.