2020 Silverstone Classic cancelled

26 May 2020

The organisers of the Silverstone Classic have announced the cancellation of the 3-day Silverstone Classic event that was due to take place for the weekend of 31 July to 2 August. The nature and scale of the event made running it in a safe, socially-distanced manner a huge challenge in the current situation; and the event’s popular family festival ethos also means that running the event behind closed doors is not a feasible option.

“Following the latest UK Government advice, we have reached the inevitable conclusion that we will need to cancel this year’s event,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of Classic organiser Goose Live Events. “Given the current circumstances and the unclear outlook on timescales, staging a postponed event – which was our original back-up plan – isn’t something we can plan for with any degree of certainty if we are to deliver the style of Classic that we all know and love.

“I can’t tell you how sad this news makes me feel. For the last 12 years it has been my life’s focus to build the Classic into the most amazing family friendly classic racing festival, the biggest – and many people think the best – in the world, but our priority at all times is the safety and wellbeing of those attending our events – as well as our own team – and we know that Classic fans will understand why this step has been necessary.

“As an independent events company passionate about what we do, we are so proud to have developed the Silverstone Classic into an internationally renowned historic motorsport festival enjoyed across generations of car enthusiasts, families, racing drivers and petrolheads.

“In times of difficulty, communities tend to come together and we’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s continued support. It means a lot. The passion of those coming through our gates is what makes the event the success that it has become and we are now already looking forward to celebrating our delayed 30th anniversary with everyone next year instead.”

The record numbers who have already purchased Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets will be offered the option either of rolling over their tickets to the 2021 event or requesting a full refund. All ticket holders will be contacted in June with details of the next steps.


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