Reviewed by Joanna Woodburn
We were incredibly privileged to be offered tickets to the final day of the newly re-branded Silverstone Festival, which took place over the Bank Holiday weekend. Celebrating 75 wonderful years of motorsport heritage, there is something for everyone to enjoy and a real summer treat for all generations.
At the heart of this three-day motorsport festival, the cars were the true stars, both on and off the track. Amazingly, with 20 races over the three days, every category, with the exception of bikes, is covered to celebrate the 75 year heritage in style.
With so many attractions on offer and a packed schedule at the event, the challenge was where to start! Highlights included the 75th Anniversary Demonstration of Grand Prix (Post ’66 F1 cars), which showcased the Formula One designs that have competed in the many British Grand Prixs at Silverstone since 1966. From 1968 to the 2013 Mercedes F1 WO4, driven by Esteban Gutierrez, this was an amazing demonstration of motorsport history. For all races, we were able to roam and choose where to spectate, which was great. The Historic Sports Car Club Road Sports Trophy Race 20, with road cars including a 1964 Shelby Cobra, 1970 Jaguar E-type and 1982 Porsche 911SC, was the perfect track finale to the festival, as the sun went down it was a very special and inspiring end to the racing.
Inspiration was also to be found in the National and International Paddocks. In both paddocks we could get unbelievably and uniquely close to the cars and the action. Seeing the hard work going on behind the scenes, watching the cars line-up before each race, at times we felt we had perhaps wandered into an ‘out of bounds’ area – but no – the access is unrivalled and it was an incredible experience. We were very lucky with our timing to see the 16 NASCARS, with a 1958 Ford Thunderbird being the earliest through to a 2017 Ford Mustang, just before they started their high speed (and high noise!) demo.
The impressive track action was complimented by a wealth of fantastic entertainment, attractions and activities, including free entry to Silverstone Museum, guaranteeing an amazing time for all. With so much space, the experience never felt crowded, we found there were many places to sit and either spectate or relax and take time out.
As the racing came to a close, the festival shifted gear, with crowds moving to the main stage area. Although loyal McFly fans had pitched up early for the headlining pop icons, there was lots of room and grassy areas for pre-concert picnics, it was great to see families and such a wide range of ages enjoying the moment.
Supporting act The Clause gave a great performance, full of energy and commitment to giving their audience an amazing night to remember.
With seven UK number-one singles, six top-ten albums and ten million records sold worldwide, McFly surpassed all expectations and more! They sounded truly amazing, with impeccable vocals, shifting gears seamlessly between older hits and newer tracks, which equally all went down a storm. Likeable and charismatic, full of fun and energy, McFly were truly the perfect band to close the weekend at Silverstone.
Awesome summer fun! The Silverstone Festival, 2023, at the home of British motorsport – an amazing and unique event for all generations to enjoy together!
The Silverstone Festival, 25-27 August and Silverstone Museum, for more information about the event, visit https://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/silverstone-festival