masters historic festival

Masters Historic Festival

Vintage motor racing meets Brands Hatch this weekend as the iconic Kent track hosts the Masters Historic Festival.  Advance ticket sales (discounted) close midday on Thursday.

For two days only the famous Brands Hatch circuit winds back to the days when it was a regular F1 host, with headline races from the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, recreating the sights and sounds of the iconic machines from the 1970s and 80s.  Expect cars from evocative teams including Williams, Brabham, McLaren and Lotus, with a glorious soundtrack to accompany them.

In addition to classic F1 machinery, the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship returns, recalling the Brands Hatch 1000km races from the 1960s and 70s and featuring iconic cars from Chevron, Porsche, Lola and Ferrari.

Classic tin top action will come from the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars, serving as a reminder of the BTCC’s early days when cars varied from large American V8s right down to the legendary Mini, while additional single seater action will come from the HSCC’s Historic Formula 2 category.

Across two days, this unique celebration of motorsport’s glorious history will be completed by a Gentlemen Drivers line-up with pre-1966 GT cars, and a guest grid from the Dutch Youngtimers, featuring more touring cars.  The retro vibe extends away from the track too, with huge classic car displays and live music.

(Preview courtesy of the Brands Hatch website).

Gates open at 8am with practice and qualifying from 9am, F1 demo at 12.30pm and the first of three races from 2.30pm.  This is the full Masters Historic Festival timetable for Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link  or by telephone on 0843 453 9000.

Tickets on the day available on the gate click the ‘prices’ tab for info.

Travel tips: Swanley station (accessible from London Victoria or Blackfriars) is a short cab ride to the venue.  Parking is free in all public car parks but certain areas (Infield and Southbank) are charged at £5 per day and you will also need to download a pass from the Brands Hatch website beforehand.  Camping is available onsite a short distance from the racetrack free of charge to Masters Historic Festival ticket holders from midday before the first day of the event until midday after the last day of the event albeit facilities are limited.