Keeping you up to speed
Whether you love speed or endurance, the latest models or the vintage classics, you have a huge choice of motoring events to choose right through the year.
Perhaps the pinnacle of UK motoring events is the British Grand Prix; round 8 of the 19 worldwide races that make up the Formula One World Championships. Held over the weekend of 28th to 30th June at Silverstone, the British Grand Prix is much more than just a two hour race on a Sunday afternoon. Silverstone makes a whole weekend celebration out of the event, with two days of practice on the Friday and Saturday, race qualifying on Saturday afternoon and the race itself at 1pm on Sunday. There’s also a funfair, nightly concerts, including an appearance by Billy Ocean, and lots more. Tickets cost from £165 for the weekend or from £145 for race day only. Travelling to one of the other 18 events is also a real treat – worth seeing if you can arrange to coincide a holiday time and destination to reduce the impact on your pocket.
The weekend before the British Grand Prix sees one of the most famous races in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hr. Running for a gruelling 24 hours, from 3pm on 22nd June until 3pm on the 23rd, the Le Mans 24 hr is the oldest competitive motor race in the world. Teams of drivers will cover over 5,000km during the race, making the 306km of the British Grand Prix seem like a drive around the block. There is a fabulous carnival atmosphere to the event, with plenty to do to keep you amused for the full 24 hrs. Tickets start from just €71, with guaranteed grandstand seats from an extra €55.
Taking things at an altogether less intense pace, the Goodwood Festival of Speed describes itself as the ‘largest motoring garden party in the world’. Running from 12th to 14th July, the festival includes a host of displays and races, including the famous Hill Climb that started it all. There’ll also be guest appearances by F1 drivers and motoring TV stars, along with vehicles of every size and shape from supercars to steam powered carriages. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and start at £124 for the full weekend, £41 for the Friday only and £57 for Saturday or Sunday.
There are lots more motoring events to choose from across the UK, including: