Show Features

Race Retro Cars

Race Retro 2017 will feature more historic, vintage, classic and retro motorsport vehicles than ever before with hundreds of stunning competition cars and bikes covering all disciplines from Formula One to hill climbing, rallying to GT cars, with fantastic displays by motorsport clubs from around the UK.

  • There will be a collection of Cosworth DFV powered race cars including the Williams FW08 driven by Keke Rosberg to win the 1982 World Drivers’ Championship.
  • Jim Clark's Lotus 33 R11 will make it's first public appearance in over 40 years at Race Retro 2017

Motor Sport Live Stage with racing legends

The Motor Sport Live Stage brings together our motoring celebrities, special guests and the editorial team from Motor Sport magazine for lively chat, discussion, and interactive Q&A sessions. Each day, our host Gemma Scott welcomes a multitude of racing and rally legends before they head over to the autograph signing area opposite.

Definitely not to be missed!

The place to see all your favourite stars from historic motorsport, the Motor Sport Live Stage will host some of the greatest names to have ever crossed the finish line. Each day will see a mix of motoring heroes, industry experts and hear insightful anecdotes of what has been called the golden years of motor sport. Listen to what our guests think of their modern counterparts as well as having the opportunity to ask them your questions. Visitors will also be able to take part in autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

Please note that a British Sign Interpreter will be on the the Live Stage on Saturday 25th February 2017. 

Silverstone Auctions

134 stunning cars for auction at Race Retro 

The catalogue for the sales at Race Retro is now closed.

Silverstone Auctions customers are directed to enter Race Retro through the main Gate 1 only - all guests are required to register for the auction.

After many weeks of selecting the finest competition cars and classic cars on the market, Silverstone Auctions are delighted to announce two very exciting lot lists of 39 historic race cars and 95 classic cars, as well as automobilia and luxury watches. 

Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live

Motor Sport’s Hall of Fame Live will give visitors the chance to meet Hall of Fame inductees from racing and rallying as well as enjoying live interviews with the stars. There will also be stunning displays of the cars and bikes that lead them to victory.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite motorsport legends who have been shortlisted to be inducted at the next Hall of Fame awards gala dinner in June 2017 and beyond.

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame, launched in 2010, inducts four motoring luminaries each year with names such as James Hunt, John McGuinness, Colin McRae, Niki Lauda, and Giacomo Agostini added to the prestigious list in recent times. 

To have your say on who should join the greats in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame use the form below to vote.

Live Rally Stage with Group B cars

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
  • 10:30am – 1:00pm    - Rallying with Group B
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm       - Historic Karting
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm       - Rallying with Group B

Passenger rides cannot be booked in advance and are available on a first come first served basis. 

Driver and Navigator Introduction Training

HERO Introductory Training -

We will be running our popular Training session on Sunday 26th February at the Race Retro show. The Training session is aimed at both drivers and Navigators and a must for anyone considering entering a regularity rally.

The HERO Training Day Ideal for those that are thinking of entering or have already entered either their first event, have done a few and now need to understand what it is all about and those that have not competed for a while. Whilst the navigators learn the basics the drivers are shown how best to prepare their car. This course is essential for anyone attempting Classic Rallying as well as tackling Endurance events such as Le Jog. 


Learn how to:

  • Follow the right route
  • Plot on a map
  • Understand the Timing-Learn the tricks 
  • Using a Trip Preparing your side of the car Plus much, much more.   

One simple tip picked up on this course could transform your rallying All navigators are given handouts - detailed notes that they can refer back to. 


  • A walk around a prepared car
  • What you need to do to the car and have in the car to pass scrutineering?
  • Best practice for car preparation for reliability and safety
  • What you need to carry such as spares, tools, etc.,  What to wear  or rather what not to wear!

£50.00 (GBP)
Price is per person and included coffee at registration
Please register any additional attendees as guests

26th February 2017
Time: 11:00 - 13:00


Ticket for Driver and Navigator Introduction Training does not include entry to the show please ensure you purchase your show entry ticket separately.

Retro Classic Tour

Join us on Saturday 25th February for the Retro Classic Tour

It’s Back! Following the success for the first Retro Classic Tour in 2016 we are delighted to announce that the Tour will once again run on Saturday 25th February 2017

Classic 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.


Trader Village and Autojumble

The extensive Trader Village and Autojumble will offer everything you need for the coming season – be it as a driver, mechanic, crew or an ardent enthusiast. A treasure trove for those tackling restoration projects, the popular Autojumble will feature over 100 stands offering all sorts of parts, spares, tools and oddments.

The full floorplan will be available to view from Monday 20th February 2017.

Hero – Drive a Classic Car Experience

Drive a Classic Car Experience:

  • An opportunity, not available anywhere else, to get behind the wheel and drive a Classic Car at the Race Retro Show this February.
  • Ten 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 Porsche 911 to, what many people believe to be the purists rally car, a Ford Cortina GT along with a variety of cars in between.
  • 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. Between them, the cars listed below, have won 12 Awards and the Green Porsche 911 won the Icelandic Saga event outright. 
  • 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.

Group 1 - £35 per drive

  • 1964 Triumph TR4 2138cc
  • 1965 Cortina GT 1500cc
  • 1966 Triumph TR4A (LHD) 2138cc
  • 1969 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato (LHD) 1290cc
  • 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1779cc
  • 1974 MGB Roadster  1800cc

Group 2 - £50 per drive

  • 1968 Porsche 911 SWB (Green) 2000cc
  • 1968 E Type 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe 4200cc
  • 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale (LHD) 2000cc
  • 1958 MGA Roadster (LHD) 1800cc

Reserve your drive now

Ticket for drive a classic car does not include entry to the show please ensure you purchase your show entry ticket separately.

Race Series and Clubs on Speed Street

Race series and clubs will be located on Speed Street in Hall 2

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 and 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 climbers and auto testers. 

Classic Motorcycles

For fans of two-wheeled motorsport, Race Retro showcases classic and vintage motorcycles and scooters. For those looking to buy, head to Silverstone Auction’s Classic and Retro Sale plus there are hundreds of traders with everything you need for the coming season, be it as a racer, owner or armchair enthusiast, as well as the treasure trove that is the Autojumble, located in Hall 4.

Pride of Ownership – Retro and Café Racers

There will also be a selection of motorcycle clubs on display as well as the private individuals entered into the Café Racer Concours competition. 

To enter the competition please download the appliaction form below, fill out and send back to