Motorsport Days Live 2018

An all-new event for 2018, Motorsport Days Live at Silverstone aimed to kick-off where the former Brands Hatch race event left some years ago.

The Brands Hatch version was always popular for the club, attracting new members and even new drivers, including 2018 Miglia Champion Aaron Smith no less.

The simple format continued here - a wide variety of racing clubs showcase their championships and cars, many offering passenger rides to potential new drivers.

It's an extremely convenient way of sampling different race cars and series for would-be competitors, getting a feel for the comparative costs involved.

Keen club members managed to put on a fantastic display of 10 cars within the F1 wing - four with passenger seats installed, to give a real flavour of racing a Mini Se7en or Miglia on the Silverstone International circuit.

It was surprisingly busy for a new event, and will no doubt gain traction year-on-year.

Over the two days we were visited by many would-be racers, at least three definite newcomers for 2019 and a promising number of younger karting and junior competitors who seemed very eager to get behind the wheel of a Mini when the time comes.

Most of those interested in joining us managed to get out for a passenger ride or two, and by the look of all their faces at the end, they were all hooked! Most passengers couldn't believe quite how agile the cars were on the greasy circuit, and the Miglias looked to be the fastest cars of all during the tin-top sessions.

Initial skepticism over the entry fee were diminished when it became clear how much was on offer for visitors.

There were indoor trade stands offering anything from nuts and bolts to 2019-model American RVs, some good discounts to be had on race parts and merchandise, expert 'talks', a live band and extras like virtual-reality simulators to play with.

That and the chance to go out for passenger rides in many different race cars, mostly free of charge.  

Thanks to all club members for making the effort to promote the club in such a positive light, especially those taking their cars on circuit and offering passenger rides, and not forgetting Oli Window for getting everyone organised.

The event is planned to take place at the same time and place next year, and we think all who attended would recommend heading back. Static shows are good for promo, but you can't beat getting newbies out there in the cars for a proper taster of what we do best!

Special Events • 7th Nov, 18 •

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