At Silverstone, the home of British motor racing, BRDC director and former TT winner on both two and four wheels, Stuart Graham, had been considering ways in which Silverstone could expand its portfolio of events to broaden the base which supported the British Grand Prix and upon which the circuit was heavily reliant. He realised that there was wide support at home for his idea of a Silverstone Historic Festival it was agreed that a two-day meeting would be held a fortnight after the 1990 British Grand Prix. This would have the added advantage of being able to use much of the infrastructure already in place for the grand prix. From the outset, it was planned that the Festival would be more than simply a series of races, which had been the form for all UK historic race meetings up until that point, and considerable thought was given to activities and attractions away from the track in the hope that the event would attract motoring enthusiasts and families beyond those who would be satisfied by the race programme alone.
Over one hundred car clubs attend the Silverstone Classic providing fabulous displays on the infield for all to enjoy and admire
Car clubs are an important part of our event culture; nowhere will you get to see so many famous and legendary marques lovingly maintained and displayed by their owners. Many car clubs now make the Classic their main annual club event. The sheer scale of these displays – some 10,000 cars – is a landmark feature of the Silverstone Classic.