From Russia with Love
There’s a distinct flavour of the east at this year’s three-day Silverstone Classic, taking place on 26, 27 and 28 July. As well as huge displays and parades being organised to celebrate special milestones in the histories of Aston Martin, Lamborghini and the Porsche 911, the most intriguing entry appears to come from rather further afield. That’s because four intrepid members of the GAZ-21 Car Club are travelling all the way from Moscow to attend the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival and provide show-goers with two of the most unusual exhibits.
The Volga GAZ-21 was originally developed with State approval in 1956 with a design heavily influenced by US vehicles of the same era. Over the next 14 years no fewer than 639,478 Volgas were produced including a special GAZ-23 Volga version for Soviet special services which was fitted with a V8 engine and capable of topping the 100mph mark.
Vladimir Smagin and Dmitry Kilpio are driving the two cars all the way to Silverstone from Russia. – the 4,000+ mile round trip to the UK will take the plucky pair through Minsk, Warsaw, Poznan, Hannover, Antwerp, Brugge and London en route to Silverstone.
As well as the GAZ-21 Car Club other new clubs attending this year’s Silverstone Classic include the Abarth Scorpion Club, Corvette Club de France, Karmann Ghia Owners Club and V6Clio.net club. In total an unprecedented total of 8,269 classic cars have been registered for display on more than 80-car club stands over the weekend. With so much motoring history on show, the Silverstone Classic isn’t just the ‘must see’ event for classic car enthusiasts but also the perfect venue for car loving families of all ages. While for some the sight of so much motoring nostalgia will bring back many magical motoring memories, for younger fans the sight and sound of more contemporary supercars will set the pulses racing.
Be warned, though. If you want to witness these dazzling parades, you must buy tickets in advance. In keeping with the popular event’s widely acclaimed ‘access all areas’ policy, tickets include free entrance to all the special classic car displays, both National and Wing racing paddocks and pit complexes, trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings plus a host of other entertainment for all ages and interests. Adult admittance is from £35 (plus fees) and considerable savings are on offer for those festival goers spending the full weekend at Silverstone.