The name above the gate may say MGLive! but there’s plenty more to see than just MGs models when the MG Car Club’s annual extravaganza returns to Silverstone on 17th and 18th June.
The Club’s Racing division has developed a racing programme not to be missed on the GP Circuit, as it’s own MG championships are joined by the pre-1966 Touring cars from the Masters Series, giving visitors the chance to see BMW 2002s, Alfa Romeos, Lotus Cortinas, Ford Falcons and Mustangs battling it out against the ever competitive Mini Coopers.
There will also be action from the single seater Radical Challenge Championship, as well as the all powerful Porsche Club Championship.
But the biggest grids of the weekend will be from the eclectic mix of Equipe GTS, with a range of vehicles from Alfa Romeos to TVRs and of course MGs – with Midgets and MGBs completing a varied line-up.
For those who prefer to be part of the action rather than just spectate, MGLive! invites owners to compete in the California Cup Autotest, the MGLive! Autosolo and a Sprint held on the Stowe Circuit. There’s also passenger rides and a chance to take to the GP circuit in the lunchtime parade lap.
Away from the track, around 3,000 MG models spanning over 90 years of motoring heritage will be on display from the Club’s various registers, along with a collection of models that have all made their mark in motorsport.
There’s also the Live Arena hosted by Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, with plenty of fun and games including a human gymkhana, relay race, and daily car clinics. The arena also boasts stunt driving legend Russ Swift’s only UK performance this year, marking 30 years since his first appearance at Silverstone.
The Trader village offers parts and spares as well as motoring memorabilia while the Lifestyle Marquee has a mixture of arts, crafts and hand-made gifts. If you fancy clearing out your garage, you can book a space in the ‘Silverstone Sort Out’ which is a motoring car boot sale.
MGLive! is as much a social event as a haven for motoring fans, with the new Village Green area offering live musical entertainment through the weekend so people can relax and enjoy the festival vibe.
Saturday will see performances by retro harmony group The Candy Girls along with leading covers band, The Shadow Monkeys. On Sunday, it’s the turn of all-girl group, The Glamophones and Dammit Jack, who will be playing songs from the 60s through to present day.
Those wishing to make a weekend of it can stay overnight with camping facilities on offer from as little as £35 for a tent pitch and £40 for a caravan/motorhome, with a choice of general or family camping areas for those wanting a quieter part of the venue. Those staying onsite can also dance the night away to music from part band TFI Live as well as a DJ into the night.
Sponsored by Peter Best Insurance, MGLive! ticket prices start from just £18 in advance for MG Car Club members, £25 for non-members for a one-day pass, or £30 on the gate for all comers. Weekend tickets start at £28 for members, £40 for non-members, and £45 on the gate for both members and non-members. Children aged 15 years and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more info, visit this link.