One of the biggest joys of being a classic sports car enthusiast is getting to see those majestic race cars in all their glory as they come to life on the track. There are historic racing events that take place all around the world, with true lovers of classic car racing being rewarded with the magic and the beautiful locations that host these exciting events. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite iconic classic car races so you can get planning for the next racing season!
We’ll start off with a local pick - the Silverstone Classic - one of the biggest classic race car events of the season, taking place at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK. Now, if you’re a fan of the British Grand Prix, the Silverstone Circuit might sound familiar.
That’s because the Silverstone Classic racing festival takes place at the home of the British Grand Prix over the course of three days to give classic car lovers a chance to geek out over the thrill of seeing those beautiful historic race cars race around the track.
The 2021 race is provisionally scheduled between 30th July – 1st August which will be confirmed until the dates for the British Grand Prix are confirmed by the FIA at the start of December. As this event will be their postponed 30th-anniversary, it’s bound to be an amazing event. You can find tickets here.
Le Mans Classic
This next one is going to take us across the channel as we head over to the Circuit de la Sarthe located in Le Mans, France. This is one that will have to be in the diary well in advance as the delight of the Le Mans Classic is only available to experience every two years.
Given that this year’s event was postponed, the 10th edition of Le Mans Classic will now be taking place next year between the 1st-4th July - now’s your chance to take part!
A highly exclusive event, the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit only accepts classic sports car models that competed in the original Le Mans 24 Hours between 1923 - 1981. To make entries even more selective, priority is given to cars that have actually raced in the event, promising a fairly guaranteed cast of motorsport superstars - including the drivers! The last event in 2018 even saw past drivers Derek Bell, Jochen Mass and René Arnoux putting their historic competition cars through their paces.
Get your tickets for the 2021 Le Mans Classic here.
Spa Six Hours
Crossing the border into Belgium, we’re moving onto the Spa Six Hours which takes place on the Belgian track of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Set in September, with the backdrop of the Ardennes hills in full autumn colours, the Spa Six Hours returns to bring the joy of classic car racing alive once more.
With more than 650 cars produced over several decades also attending the event, the races are accompanied by an impressive display of classic race cars. This full weekend of historic car racing will be taking place on the 24th–26th September in 2021. Keep an eye out for tickets to the Spa Six Hours here.
Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
And finally, we’re speeding over to Monaco. Home to the Monaco Grand Prix. The iconic street circuit of Monaco is transformed every two years as vintage race cars turn up to prove that they can still deftly handle the sharp turns of the circuit.
Taking over the Monaco Bay, both on and off the circuit, classic sports cars produced from the 1930s to the 1980s take centre stage during this unforgettable event.
Held two weeks before the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, next year’s Grand Prix de Monaco Historique will be the 12th interaction of the event and will be held from 23rd-25th of April 2021. You can find tickets here.