Everyone at the Historic Sports Car Club is saddened to learn that the promoters of the Silverstone Classic have today (26 May) announced the cancellation the 2020 event, which was due to run on July 31-August 2.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest annual historic racing festival will not run but Goose Live Events has pledged to be back for the event’s belated 30th anniversary edition in 2021.
The event, at which the HSCC is the race-organising club, was due to include races for the HSCC Historic Formula 2 and HSCC Thundersports categories among a high-profile race programme. The drivers who have entered these races will receive full refunds as appropriate.
Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC said: “This is very sad news to everyone involved in historic racing, but we completely understand and support the decision. We recognise just how tough a decision this has been for Nick Wigley and his team and we very much look forward to working with them again on the 2021 Silverstone Classic.”
Nick Wigley, CEO of Classic promoter Goose Live Events said: “Following the latest Government advice, coupled with other scheduling changes at Silverstone, we have reached the inevitable conclusion that we will need to cancel this year’s event. 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.”