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RAC provides breakdown support for visitors to Silverstone Classic

Press release   •   Jul 01, 2019 13:08 BST

All those travelling by car to next month’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July) will enjoy complimentary breakdown assistance from the RAC while on site at the home of British motorsport. 

As the official breakdown rescue provider at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the RAC will have three dedicated, fully-equipped patrol vehicles in place throughout the three-day event – from 30 minutes before the gates open at 7:30am on Friday morning until everyone has safely departed the venue on Sunday evening. 

Each orange patrol van is equipped with more than 500 parts and tools which enable RAC technicians to fix four out of five of the 2m-plus vehicles they attend every year.

Despite this impressive fix-rate there are some issues that simply cannot be resolved in situ. For them, the breakthrough All-Wheels-Up recovery system allows RAC patrols to recover stricken vehicles – including those that normally need to be recovered separately – such as 4x4s, automatics and hybrids and even classics – using their roadside rescue vans without the need to summon further help from a flat-bed lorry. 

This ‘complete peace of mind’ assistance will be offered to all Silverstone Classic ticket holders whether parking in the circuit’s public car parks or among the 10,000+ car club members adding to the infield show in the dedicated display areas.

As the UK’s most experienced breakdown assistance company with a rich heritage stretching right back to 1897, the RAC has a long history of making drivers’ lives better, whatever the vintage of their car.

“Whether it’s a fifties classic or a state-of-the-art electric vehicle, our RAC patrols have unrivalled expertise of finding solutions to problems – that’s why we are perfectly placed to provide this support to the Silverstone Classic,” enthused James Knight, RAC Chief Operations Director. 

He continued: “We have been tending the needs of motorists right from the very early days and still proudly support the pre-1905 cars taking part in the annual Bonhams Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton. Automotive technology, of course, has changed enormously since the dawn of motoring, but the RAC’s legendary roadside assistance has been a constant factor throughout the years and continues to be so today.” 

There will also be an opportunity for those at the Classic requiring 24/7 roadside support beyond Silverstone’s gates, to sign up for RAC membership at the RAC sales trailer which will be located in the event’s busy Shopping Village.

“We have a record number of car clubs attending the Classic this year with Saturday’s infield parking displays now completely sold-out. Hopefully, none of them – nor those in the public car parks – will need outside assistance from the RAC but they will certainly get some comfort knowing expert help is at hand should the need arise,” added Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO. 

As well as offering free RAC breakdown support on site, all Classic tickets provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings, the action-packed Shift & Drift Zone, funfair rides and the vast majority of the great family entertainment on offer. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Adult admission is from just £45 and weekend camping and hospitality upgrades are available, too.

Full details of all 2019 ticket prices are detailed on the website.

Notes to Editors

About Silverstone Classic

The Silverstone Classic is firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. The epic event attracts more than 1,000 race entries and draws crowds of more than 100,000. The spectacular classic car celebration is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The three-day festival features the very best of historic motor racing, as well as live music and a wealth of family entertainment. This includes a free funfair, Shopping Village, a host of interactive experiences, a classic car auction, plus huge showcases of classic cars often celebrating important milestones in automotive history; over 130 car clubs will be displaying more than 10,000 classic cars over the weekend of the Classic. Donations in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK can be made at:

About Goose Live Events

The Silverstone Classic is promoted and organised by Goose Live Events Ltd., a dynamic live events agency with over 15 years’ experience in corporate and consumer events. Its extensive portfolio of corporate clients includes AstraZeneca, Bentley Motors, Costa Coffee, Harley-Davidson, Lamborghini, Unilever, Syngenta, Mondi plc and Luxottica. In addition to delivering the Silverstone Classic, other consumer events that Goose Live Events has within its portfolio include the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, the UK’s largest free-to-view motor show, and the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the longest-running motoring event in the world (which it organises on behalf of the Royal Automobile Club).For more information on Goose Live Events, visit or connect with Goose via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @GooseLiveEvents.

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