Our very first trip to Spa Classic on May 17-19th is almost upon us, and if you weren't tempted to join us already, then we're hoping this article will give you the gentle push you need to attend what is looking like an incredible weekend of classic racing cars, sun (hopefully...), food, fun and, of course, beer. So, what can I say to tempt you into attending Spa Classic's 9th Birthday, I hear you ask?
The cars. Oh good Lord, the cars...
The historic racing weekend will have smorgasbord of nostalgia on the grid. You'll have the opportunity to see 1966 - 1979 endurance racers, Formula 2 Championship cars dating from 1967 - 1978, sub-2,000cc U2 Touring Cars including Minis and Lotus Cortinas, and of course the famous (and possibly our favourites) Group C endurance cars. The thought of watching a Porsche 956 wail up Eau Rouge is reason enough to be there, wouldn't you agree?
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful tracks in the world. The incredible landscape and sweeping corners cutting through the forest really do offer some fantastic viewing, whether that be from a grand stand or track side from the tall banks at Pouhon, Blanchimont or Fagnes.
The PistonHeads experience
Without tooting our own horn too much, PH knows how to host a good race weekend. Together with our partner 1st Tickets, we're offering packages ranging from camping to chalets, apartments to hotels. Included for all PHers joining us is the noteworthy addition of a lodge above the Endurance pits, overlooking the start/finish straight - the ultimate rest, viewing and mingle point. 1st Tickets are offering packages starting from £154, so get yourself booked up here. But hurry, the self catering chalets at Eau Rouge have already sold out (a good alternative are the Long Pre apartments)!
Dating back to 1920, the circuit has some pretty cool tales behind it; it was originally spawned to try and revive the La Meuse Cup, which was interrupted by World War One. However, in 1921 when the first race was planned, only one driver turned up, therefore the first race at the circuit was a motorbike race. The first Grand Prix at Spa was in 1922, and the first 24 hour race in 1924. Possibly one of the most important additions to the circuit was in 1939, when the now famous Raidillon (Eau Rouge) curve was added to create an incredible spectacle for fans. This is just a snippet of the circuit's fascinating history, so why not come along and be a part of it...
Grandstands are free
This one speaks for itself really - the grand stands are free at Spa Classic! So find yourself a nice perch opposite the F1 pits or even at La Source. A top tip from some of the organisers, however, is to get yourself a good spot at the Pit Lane Brasserie, where you have an excellent view of the cars coming up from Blanchimont, pit entry, finish line, Eau Rouge up to Radion and, in the distance, Les Combe.
Chance to drive your own car on track
The organizers of Spa Classic thought it'd be a nice addition to give people the chance to drive their very own cars on track if they so wish, and oh how right they are. With two to three 25-minute sessions per day available to bag a spot on, this is your opportunity to get a go on this famous circuit. This fantastic experience is also offered through 1st Tickets, see here for details. The criteria for the cars allowed on track is quite strict, though, so please see here to see if your car is eligible.
Paddocks are open to public
Like the Le Mans Classic, Spa Classic is all about letting the fans experience as much of the racing as possible. Therefore the paddocks are open to the public, and you get to (nearly) live and breathe what the racers do, with cars being fired up and tyres being changed right in front of you. This is probably the best reason to get yourself and a few mates along, it really is an unbelievable experience getting up close and personal with such ridiculous race cars.
Tempted, then? Click here to visit the 1st Tickets website and secure your place. With packages starting from £154pp space is limited and likely to go quickly, so avoid disappointment by booking now! See you there!