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It is with a "heavy heart" the organisers of the Silverstone Classic announced today that this summer’s flagship three-day festival – originally scheduled for the weekend of 31 July to the 2 August – has sadly been cancelled. But are outdoor autojumbles on the way back this summer?

As the "world’s biggest classic motor racing festival", the massive event always attracts unrivalled grids, many thousands of classic car owners and more than 100,000 visitors, many of whom camp out at Silverstone. The nature and scale of the event make running it in a safe, socially-distanced manner a huge challenge in the current situation; and the event’s much-loved family festival ethos also means that running the event behind closed doors isn’t a feasible option.

This summer, the pioneering Classic had massive plans to celebrate its milestone 30th birthday with a special ‘greatest hits’ racecard but organisers have indicated that they will carry forward these celebrations to the 2021 event.

“Following the latest Government advice, coupled with other scheduling changes at Silverstone, we have reached the inevitable conclusion that we will need to cancel this year’s event,” said an enormously disappointed Nick Wigley, CEO of Classic organiser Goose Live Events. “Given the current circumstances and the unclear outlook on timescales, staging a postponed event – which was our original back-up plan – isn’t something we can plan for with any degree of certainty if we are to deliver the style of Classic that we all know and love.

“I can’t tell you how sad this news makes me feel. For the last 12 years it has been my life’s focus to build the Classic into the most amazing family friendly classic racing festival, the biggest and many people think the best in the world, but our priority at all times is the safety and wellbeing of those attending our events – as well as our own team – and we know that Classic fans will understand why this step has been necessary.

“As an independent events company passionate about what we do, we are so proud to have developed the Silverstone Classic into an internationally renowned historic motorsport festival enjoyed across generations of car enthusiasts, families, racing drivers and petrolheads.

“In times of difficulty, communities tend to come together and we’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s continued support. It means a lot. The passion of those coming through our gates is what makes the event the success that it has become and we are now already looking forward to celebrating our delayed 30th anniversary with everyone next year instead.”

The record numbers who have already purchased Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets will be offered the option either of rolling over their tickets to the 2021 event or requesting a full refund.

All ticket holders will be contacted in June with details of the next steps. As ever all the latest information can be found at www.silverstoneclassic.com.

And in Germany, the Techno Classica Essen, which rescheduled the cancelled March event for this June, has now, not unexpectedly, rescheduled again to April 7-11, 2021. Details on their website.

Meanwhile, near York, organisers of the monthly Rufforth Autojumble are making plans for a return as early as Saturday, June 6 following the government's greenlight for outdoor markets, as lockdown restritions are eased.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday evening: "It is our intention to allow outdoor markets to reopen from June 1 subject to all premises being made Covid secure as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing."

And having fired that starting gun, this morning the Rufforth Ayutojumble website was changed to read: "Rufforth Autojumble OPEN 6th June 2020. Following recent government guidelines we are now allowed to open. Please use social distancing! Rufforth Autojumble open First Saturday of every month all year round." Up to date information at http://www.rufforthautojumble.com/

On their Facebook page they added: "We ask all customers to follow government social distancing guidelines, we have put things in place to help with this. Also if you feel unwell or showing any symptoms please stay at home."

There is no other detail on how Rufforth intends to operate during this pandemic - we, like many others nationwide, watch developments with interest.

Navestock Autojumble, at the Village Hall, near Kelvedon Hatch, Essex, restarts Sunday June 21, says organiser Barry Jones. "The government's listing of restrictions on June 1 means what I've managed to fit in a 'quicky' autojumble on June 21. It will all be outdoors on the car park; obviously we can't go inside." Barry told CMM.

"There will be lots of conditions and restrictions, and I have to be honest I've not yet digested all of them. One of them may be that customers may not be allowed to handle goods in the way that they're used to - I will be on the gate handing out free pairs of disposable gloves to visitors, which they will have to wear before they hand over any money, and we are going to request the useage of masks."

Barry added there may be a ceiling of 200 visitors "but we'll have to see - I'm sure plenty of people will be champing at the bit to get back!"

More details from Woodford Classic Events website - http://woodclass.com/ - or call Barry on 07968 080990.



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