The largest ever collection of MG sports cars is expected to congregate at Silverstone over the weekend of July 23-25, for the MG Car Club’s International Festival in the marque’s 80th anniversary year.

The 54th consecutive event is the largest MG event of its kind with an anticipated gathering of over 5,000 MG cars and 30,000 enthusiastic attendees. MG enthusiasts are travelling from all over the world just to be part of this special event, with almost every type of MG represented at Silverstone.

The MG Car Club, with assistance from MG Rover Group, are displaying an historic journey through time from the earliest MGs through to the latest MG XPower SV sports car.

The 2004 event includes a full two-day race programme, sprint, rally rides, a massive trade presence, autotests, international concours, parades, circuit lappery, special exhibits and social events.

MG Rover Group will also be displaying its full 2004 product range, including a few ‘specials’.

On-track activities include 16-races, covering all the MGCC championships, with entries exceeding 500. There will also be a round of the prestige BRDC Single Seater Championship.

MG Car Club chief executive Robert Gammage is confident of Silverstone 2004 providing something for every MG follower, whether they are restoring an early car or have just embarked on octagon ownership with a new MG. “MG 80 at Silverstone 2004 really will cater for every aspect of MG interest – both old and new – and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world. An MGB GT and an MG TD are already en-route to Silverstone on their marathon drive from South Africa.”

“We endeavour to provide something for every visitor, including families, who are particularly welcome with our ongoing policy of free admission for under-16s,” he says.