Silverstone Classic Car Show 2017

 

Our second year attending this show and it did not disappoint, albeit the weather wasn’t as kind to us as it was last year, which was hot, hot, hot!

In between the light showers and heavy downpours, thousands of people visited Silverstone (which hosted F1 a couple of weeks ago), to see the vast array of classic cars, watch the various races and the auctions (my favourite part). The show started Friday 28th and finished Sunday 30 July. We travelled up the motorway, caravan on tow, on Thursday to claim our pitch and stayed through to Monday to avoid the mass exodus on Sunday evening.

The auctions started in the mornings with automobilia and watches; but the best sessions were the afternoons when some 100 plus classic cars were auctioned each day (Saturday and Sunday). A 2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia fetched £100,000, a 1988 Peugeot 205 GTi £34,200, and a 1973 Ford Escort MK1 Mexico (previously owned by my husband years ago) sold for £30,500. The buyers then had an extra ‘buyers premium’ to pay on top of the hammer price. I find it very interesting watching the bidding take place. There are people in the room raising their bidding cards, people bidding on the telephone and online; the auctioneer did very well to get the best price possible for each and every vehicle. The amount of money changing hands over the weekend was astronomical!

On Friday evening the Bootleg Beatles performed to a very wet audience. Saturday was Tony Hadley’s turn (ex Spandau Ballet). On both nights the heavens opened, but the atmosphere was fantastic.

A truly brilliant few days away, roll on next year!