Show Features

Iconic Racing & Classic Cars

Race Retro is heralded as Europe’s #1 historic motorsport show and for good reason. The halls will be jam packed with iconic racing cars from all eras and disciplines of motorsport.

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live in hall 3, is a must see with some of the most well-known cars from motorsports’ past and present. In the display you can expect to see;

Motor Sport Live Stage with racing legends

The Motor Sport Live Stage is a hub of activity across the whole weekend. Brian Redman and Miki Biasion are just 2 of the names that will be gracing the stage and give us an insight into what its like and what it takes to be a world class motorsport legend. 

Our timetable is currently being filled out to make sure we’ve got you the best we can offer to make your day enjoyable and informative. Keep checking back as we will be announcing the timetable in the next few weeks. 

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

Following it’s successful debut last year, the Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live is returning with a number of displays celebrating some fantastic milestones in motorsports history.

Firstly we will be celebrating 40 years of ground-effects era with a display of iconic cars spanning back to 1980 with the first car ever to adopt the ground-breaking technology; the Lotus 79 that Mario Andretti to the world championships. Completing the display will be;

  • The Williams FW07 which took Alan Jones to victory in the 1980 championship
  • The Ralt 3 raced by Martin Brundle against the late great Ayrton Senna in British F3
  • The ex-Siegfried Stohr Chevron B48 F2

Next on the list of the celebrations is the 30 year career of Prodrive’s David Richards, the inaugural winner of the ‘Motor Sport Industry Champion Award’ and recent Motor Sport Hall of Fame inductee. On display will be four cars spanning more than 30 years of David and Prodrive’s success;

  • The first model ever designed and built by Prodrive, a (Rotherhams) 1984 Porsche 911 SC RS
  • The 1996 Subaru Impreza the legendary Colin McCrae drove to victory in the 1996 Rallye Catalunya
  • Jenson Button’s 2004 BAR 060 that took him to third place in the driver’s championship
  • 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GTE from the Aston Martin Racing Team with a 4.5-litre, V8 power-plant producing an impressive 500bhp.

Other displays will celebrate Jaguar’s racing history at Le Mans, Porsche’s motorsport heritage and contender in the new for 2018, Motor Sport Hall of Fame Race Car category. 

Arrive & Drive a Classic Car Experience, operated by HERO Events

Arrive & Drive a Classic Car Experience, operated by HERO Events:

  • An exclusive opportunity to get behind the wheel and drive a classic car at the Race Retro Show this February.
  • Eight 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 Delta Martini (LDH) to a BMW 1602, take your pick with a fantastic variety of cars to choose from.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Race Series and Clubs on Speed Street

Race Series and Clubs are the heart and soul of the motorsport community, and Race Retro wouldn’t be complete without them.

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 alongside 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 climber and auto testers.

All the major race series will be at Race Retro and will include;

  • Historic Sports Car Club
  • Classic Sports Car Club
  • Classic Touring Car Racing Club
  • The Vintage Sports Car Club
  • Castle Combe Circuit Ltd
  • 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. 

Pride of the Paddock

In its second year running, we're pleased to announce we are now accepting entrants for the Pride of the Paddock competition for 2018, held at Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park | 23 - 25 February.

If you're a private owner of a racing or rally car, here's your chance to be crowned the Pride of the Paddock 2018 winner. Any car that has competed in a race or rally at any level is eligible to enter along with high spec replicas of racing and rally cars from historic motorsport. Modified cars will be taken in to consideration alongside their counterparts.

Visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite car over the duration of the show, and the two cars with the most visitor votes will be awarded first or second place on the final day. The winning car will be invited back to next year's event along with the possibility of displaying their pride and joy at Race Retro's sister events; Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery and The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery.

How to enter

Click here to download the application form. This must be complete and sent with two images to Andrea -

Live Rally Stage with Group B cars

One of the most exciting elements of the show is without doubt the Live Rally Stage. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday of the show, the stage celebrates rallying's past with a stunning selection of cars brought together by Rallying with Group B. This year sees around 120 Group A, B and C cars take to the stage. A drive certainly not to be missed is watching Miki Biasion getting back behind the wheel to show us how its really done!


Live Rally Stage Timetable - Saturday and Sunday

Driver and Navigator Introduction Training

HERO Introductory Training -

HERO will be running their popular Training Session on Sunday 25 February 2018 at the Race Retro show taking place 23 - 25 February 2018. 

The HERO Training Day is aimed at newcomers or those looking to brush up on their skills giving you the experience to compete with confidence or refresh your knowledge as you look to take part in historic regularity rallying. 

The day is split in to two-part sessions, whereby the first part is aimed at newcomers and will be held in the morning, and the second part will look at things in more detail, which will take place in the afternoon. Delegates are welcome to sit at both sessions should they wish.

The morning session will cover timecards, basic roadbook understanding and a briefing on pre-event paperwork and preparation. The afternoon will go more in-depth and cover basic map reading skills as well as other slightly more advanced topics.

Morning session:

Starts: 11:30
Finishes: 13:00 

Session costs £30 per person (bring a single guest for just £20)

Afternoon session:

Starts: 13:30
Finishes: 15:30 

Session costs £30 per person (bring a single guest for just £20)

SPECIAL OFFER: Book both sessions for £45 (bring a single guest for £30)


Retro Classic Tour

Join us on Saturday 24 February 2018 for the Retro Classic Tour

It’s Back! Following the success of the 2017 Retro Classic Tour we are delighted to announce that the Tour will once again run on Saturday 24 February 2018.

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.

Historic 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.