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Walter Hayes Trophy, Bonfire & Fireworks Display

02 Nov 2019 - 03 Nov 2019 02 Nov 2019 09:00 03 Nov 2019 18:00 Europe/London Walter Hayes Trophy, Bonfire & Fireworks Display The 2019 season will finish on a high with the annual Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy, with some of the busiest grids on the calendar. Silverstone Circuit

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The 2019 season at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ will finish on a high with the annual running of the popular Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy. The ‘Hayes’ is the world’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event, and racing will take place throughout the weekend. Sunday will end with a bang, as Silverstone’s annual bonfire and firework display will round out a frantic day of qualifying races for all of the Formula Ford competitors.

Sunday’s action will see racers back on-track around the 1.6-mile Silverstone National Circuit as they attempt to progress through further knockout races en-route to the all-important Grand Final – the winner of which will be rewarded with the Walter Hayes Trophy.

The Walter Hayes Trophy annually boasts some of the busiest grids, and closest racing witnessed at Silverstone all year, and this year’s event will see the trophy presented for the nineteenth time. Formula Ford began in 1967, and since then has been creating champions including drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Ayrton Senna, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson. Joey Foster (2003, ’04 and ’05) and Peter Dempsey (2006, ’07 and ’10) have both won the Walter Hayes Trophy three times. The current holder of the trophy is Michael Moyers, the Northamptonshire racer is looking to complete a hat-trick at his home circuit, having won the title in both 2017 and 2018.

This year the bonfire and firework display takes place from 5.15pm on Sunday 3 November. Sunday and Weekend race tickets includes entry into the display.
If you cannot attend the race event, why not choose the Fireworks and Bonfire Sunday Only Ticket. Entry into the circuit is from 3pm, tickets costs £5 adults, children ages 15 and under are FREE.

 

 

Ticket Prices

Book your tickets in advance to benefit from the cheapest prices!

Advance On The Day
Adult Child Adult Child
Saturday £10 Free £15 Free
Sunday £10 Free £15 Free
Sunday – Fireworks/Bonfire only ticket* £5 Free £5 Free
Weekend £15 Free £20 Free

Children aged 15 & under
*Fireworks/Bonfire tickets allow entry into the circuit from 3pm onwards. Display begins at 5.15pm. 

What’s included in my ticket price?

  • Roving grandstand seat access – meaning you can watch all the action from the comfort of your own seat
  • Free access to Paddock areas so you can get up-close to all the action, drivers and cars
  • Free parking
  • Children aged 15 & under FREE
  • Live commentary
  • Sunday or weekend ticket includes bonfire and firework display
 

What is the Walter Hayes Trophy?

GREAT RACING….GREAT ATMOSPHERE…GREAT WEEKEND.

The Walter Hayes Trophy is Silverstone’s traditional season finale, and provides some of the very best wheel-to-wheel action seen here at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ during the course of the year.

The Walter Hayes Trophy is contested for by Formula Ford 1600 cars, and since the competition’s humble beginnings has grown into the world’s largest and most prestigious racing event for a category that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

The Walter Hayes Trophy attracts competitors from all around the globe to participate in a knockout competition. Over 100 cars will start the event, driven by both professional drivers and amateur racers and they will battle through a series of heats on the opening day to reach Sunday’s all-important knockout phase. With each race, further competitors leave the competition until, after two semi-finals, the top thirty-six drivers line-up for the Grand Final. The winner of this race will win the Walter Hayes Trophy, and join a growing list of distinguished drivers to have done so.

DID YOU KNOW?

Walter Hayes was a marketing executive and public relations guru who worked for the Ford Motor Company. Hayes was instrumental in the formation of Formula Ford, the famous Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 and was responsible for Ford’s association with the Ford-Cosworth DFV engine – the most successful F1 engine of all-time. Sir Jackie Stewart OBE won three F1 World Championship titles (1969, 71, 73) all using cars powered by Ford-Cosworth DFV engines, and the 27-time Grand Prix winner  recognises Walter Hayes’ contribution to the sport and his career, saying, “Without Walter Hayes, there would be no Jackie Stewart.” Walter Hayes passed away in December 2000, and the Walter Hayes Trophy was created the following year to celebrate his life and career – Formula Ford in particular.

 

 

Bonfire and Fireworks Display

Stay and enjoy Silverstone’s annual spectacular bonfire and firework display, taking place on Sunday evening from 5.15pm. Tuck into a yummy Hotdog or Veggie Dog while sipping some sumptuous warm Mulled Cider to really get you in the autumn mood, while you gather with friends and family to finish the weekend with a bang. Best of all, your Sunday or Weekend race ticket includes the bonfire and firework display.

 

If you cannot attend the race event, why not choose the Fireworks and Bonfire Sunday Only Ticket below. Entry into the circuit is from 3pm, tickets costs £5 adults, children ages 15 and under are FREE.

Buy Bonfire and Fireworks Display only tickets 

 

Food and Drink

Throughout the Walter Hayes weekend and Bonfire and Fireworks Display, you will be able to purchase a wide range of delicious food & drink.

Variety is the spice of life and with a number of options available you can take your pick. If you’re looking for something more traditional then tuck into a gourmet burger, or for those who fancy something more exotic, why not head over to one of our varied food and drink outlets.

Please download the provisional timetable here. Note this is subject to change.

Ticket Collection

Ticket Collection is located to the right hand side of the Main Gate and is open from the following times:

Saturday 08:00 – 15:00
Sunday 08:00 – 15:00

Open Grandstands

Your ticket allows you to go into the Paddock as well as into the general viewing areas at the circuit. The open grandstands are:

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Woodcote B including disabled terrace 08:00 – 16:30
  • National Pit Straight 08:00 – 16:30
  • BRDC 08:00 – 16:30

 

MORE ABOUT THE RACING…

Support Races

The Walter Hayes Trophy is all about Formula Ford 1600 single-seater racing cars, but the event is well known for providing the visitor to Silverstone with a diverse and entertaining array of cars within its support categories.

Two Allcomers Races take place during the second day of track action on Sunday 3rd November. Races for Open Wheel (single-seater) and Closed Wheel (Sports and Saloons) will provide plenty of excitement, with competitors on-track between qualifying races for the Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford competition.All types of racing car are eligible to compete in these Allcomers Races, and every year these events deliver something special for the Silverstone visitor to enjoy. In previous years entries have included such cars as an Arrows F1 car and Le Mans prototypes – quite a spectacle!

History of the Walter Hayes Trophy

Formula Ford appeared on race tracks for the first time in 1967, and since then the category has been a training ground of champions. Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Jenson Button all made their mark in Formula Ford, and Silverstone has a long history of providing a playground for the 1600cc Ford-powered cars.

In August 2001 a race for Historic Formula Ford carried the name of the Walter Hayes Trophy, and over the next few years the title grew into a full race meeting to become the largest FF1600 race meeting in the world, and the most coveted category prize.

Providing a thrilling end to the Silverstone season, the WHT traditionally plays out to an enthralled and excited audience around the 1.6-mile National Circuit, with packed grids providing superb racing to warm the spirits on an early winter weekend.

Will there be any famous faces racing?

The Walter Hayes Trophy has a history providing well-known racers, who have graduated to other disciplines of the sport, the chance to return to their roots and drive these entertaining cars. Touring car champion Gordon Shedden and Le Mans star, Oliver Jarvis, being just two to drive in the WHT. Other well-known drivers such as Danny Watts, Steven Kane, David Leslie, Neil Cunningham, Vincenzo Sospiri and Bas Leinders have also taken part.

Two drivers have won the Walter Hayes Trophy three times. Joey Foster scored a hat-trick of wins in 2003, 2004 and 2005 while Peter Dempsey took the top spot in 2006, 2007 and 2010. The current holder of the trophy is Michael Moyers.

Fun Facts

  • The Walter Hayes Trophy carries the name of Walter Hayes, an unsung hero from the sport of motor racing. A journalist turned marketing executive, Hayes worked for the Ford Motor Company and persuaded the motoring giant to become involved with a junior racing category (Formula Ford), as well as being instrumental in the production and racing if the famous Ford GT40 and the company’s association with the Ford-Cosworth DVD F1 engine. An engine that went on to become the most successful Grand Prix engine if all-time.
  • Racers from around the world travel annually to Silverstone to compete in the Walter Hayes Trophy. Drivers from Australia, the United States, Scandinavia, mainland Europe and Ireland joined UK racers in the 2017 event.
  • Thirteen different drivers have won the Walter Hayes Trophy since its first running in 2001.
  • Cliff Dempsey Racing has won the race six times, with Marque Cars Racing and Kevin Mills Racing three times each. CDR’s victories were all with Ray cars, Marque Cars with Reynard and KMR with Australian built Spectrum chassis.
  • 2017 WHT winner, Michael Moyers, lives locally to Silverstone and his father, Peter, works at the venue!
  • The Walter Hayes Trophy welcomes FF1600 cars of all ages to its qualification heats, and the Pre ’93 class of the WHT in 2017 was won by Dutch airline pilot, Jaap Blijleven, while the 2017 Historic FF1600 champion, Richard Tarling, won the Pre ’82 class title.
  • The winner has been presented with the famous Walter Hayes Trophy on many occasions by three-time F1 World champion, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE. The BRDC Vice President attributes his F1 success to Hayes involvement with the Ford-Cosworth DVD engine, a power plant Stewart used in each of his three title winning seasons.

 

Race Entry & Testing

Before booking your testing* or race entry*, please make sure you have read the supplementary regulations .

Please only enter one car at a time. 

 

FORMULA FORD 1600CC

Timetable/Forms Price Book /Enter
Wednesday Testing – Open Pit Lane Timetable £435  BOOK NOW
Thursday Testing Timetable £195  BOOK NOW
Friday Testing Timetable £150  BOOK NOW
Race Entry Timetable £300  BOOK NOW
Full Package – Thursday/Friday Testing + Race Entry Timetable £550*  BOOK NOW

 *Price available limited time only. Full price (£640) will be applicable from 18th October.

 

ALLCOMERS SCRATCH RACES

Timetable/Forms Price Book /Enter
Open Wheel Race Entry Timetable £240 BOOK NOW
Closed Wheel Race Entry Timetable £240 BOOK NOW

 

GENERAL TESTING

Timetable/ Forms Price Book/ Enter
Friday – Closed Wheel Timetable £200 BOOK NOW
Friday – Open Wheel Timetable £180 BOOK NOW

 

Timetable

  • Saturday 2 November
    Time Session Category
    08:00 Gates open
    09:00 – 09:10 WHT Heat 1 Qualifying
    09:20 – 09:30 WHT Heat 2 Qualifying
    09:40 – 09:50 WHT Heat 3 Qualifying
    10:00 – 10:10 HSCC Closed Wheel A Qualifying
    10:20 – 10:30 WHT Heat 4 Qualifying
    10:40 – 10:50 WHT Heat 5 Qualifying
    11:00 – 11:10 Qualifying: HSCC Closed Wheel B Qualifying
    11:20 – 11:30 WHT Heat 6 Qualifying
    11:45 WHT Heat 1 – 8 laps Race 1
    12:00 – 12:40 Lunch break
    12:40 WHT Heat 2 – 8 laps Race 2
    13:10 WHT Heat 3 – 8 laps Race 3
    13:40 HSCC Closed Wheel A – 20 laps or 25 mins Race 4
    14:20 WHT Heat 4 – 8 laps Race 5
    14:50 WHT Heat 5 – 8 laps Race 6
    15:20 HSCC Closed Wheel B – 20 laps or 25 mins Race 7
    16:00 WHT Heat 6 – 8 laps Race 8
    18:00 Gates Close 

    *Subject to change

  • Sunday 3 November
    Time Session Category
    08:00 Gates open
    09:00 WHT Progression Race – 10 laps Race 9
    09:25 – 09:40 Silverstone Allcomers Closed Wheel Qualifying
    09:50 – 10.05 Silverstone Allcomers Open Wheel Race Qualifying
    10:20 Walter Hayes Last Chance – 10 laps Race 10
    Church break
    11:10 WHT Semi Final 1 – 12 laps Race 11
    11:50 WHT Semi Final 2 – 12 laps Race 12
    12:20 Silverstone Allcomers Closed Wheel – 20 laps or 25 mins Race 13
    12:50 – 13:30 Lunch break
    13:30 Allcomers Open Wheel Race 20 laps or 25 mins Race 14
    14:10 The Extra Go Trophy for Non Historic Formula Ford Consolation Race – 12 Laps Race 15
    14:40 Janet Cesar Historic Formula Ford Consolation Race – 12 laps  Race 16
    15:10 WHT Grand Final – 15 laps Race 17
    17:15 Silverstone Bonfire begins
    18:00 Silverstone Fireworks Show begins
    19:00 Silverstone Fireworks and Bonfire Show ends
    20:00 Gates close 

    *Subject to change

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FAQs

  • What frequency will the commentary be on?

    FM 87.7

  • Where can I find out more about disabled accessibility?

    Please call 0344 3728 232 for further information or view the Accessibility section of our website here.

  • CAN I GET INTO THE PADDOCK AREA?

    Yes, you can get into the Paddock.

  • WHERE DOES MY TICKET ENTITLE ME TO GO/ WHAT ARE THE TICKET OPTIONS?

    Your ticket allows you to go into the Paddock as well as into the general viewing areas at the circuit. The open grandstands are:

    Saturday and Sunday:

    • Woodcote B including disabled terrace 08:00 – 16:30
    • National Pit Straight 08:00 – 16:30
    • BRDC 08:00 – 16:30
  • ARE THERE ANY CASH MACHINES ON SITE?

    There is a cash machine located in the Pit Stop Café, please note that this facility charges for withdrawals.

  • CAN I USE MY PUSH BIKE AROUND THE CIRCUIT?

    Bikes can be used at the circuit although we do ask that you push them through the paddock during the event.

  • CAN I LEAVE THE CIRCUIT AND RE-ENTER IN ONE DAY?

    Yes, this is possible; please ensure staff at the gate stamps your hand as you leave the circuit. Re-entry to the site will only be permitted if the person has their hand stamped and is in possession of a valid ticket for the event. Please review the timetable to check last re-entry times each day.

  • CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?

    Photographic equipment, mobile telephones and other communications devices are permitted within the venue provided that they are used for personal and private non-commercial purposes.

  • I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY TICKETS BY POST

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the Event, but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.

    You will receive your tickets in advance via First Class Royal mail post.

    If you have note received your tickets please contact 0844 3750 740.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • WHAT IF I AM PICKING MY TICKETS UP FROM TICKET COLLECTION AT THE EVENT?

    All tickets for this event will be sent by post prior to the event. If you have not received your tickets please contact 01327 320 280.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • DO CHILDREN NEED A TICKET?

    Children aged 15 years and under will need a ticket for entry to the venue. Please ensure you select the number of child tickets you require at the time of purchasing. One adult can accompany up to a maximum of four children.

    If you have any questions please call the Contact Centre on 0844 3750 740.

  • WHEN WILL MY TICKETS BE DESPATCHED?

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the event but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • WHAT AGE DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO BE CLASSED AS A CHILD?

    15 years and under on the day of the event is classed as a child.

  • CAN I BUY A TICKET ON THE GATE?

    Yes you can. We highly recommended buying in advance to gain the best ticket prices.

  • TICKET COLLECTION

    Ticket collection will be open at the following times:

    Saturday – 08:00 – 15:00

    Sunday – 08:00 – 15:00

  • WHICH CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS DO YOU ACCEPT?

    We accept most major credit and debit cards with the exception of American Express and Diners Club cards.

  • WHERE CAN BLUE BADGE HOLDERS PARK?

    There are a number of disabled parking areas available please call 0844 3728 232 for more information.

  • CAN I BRING MY PET?

    No animals (excluding Assistance Dogs) will be admitted to the Venue or any car parks. Registered Assistance Dogs will be welcome but only with prior arrangement by calling us on 01327 320378 – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

  • MY TICKET CONFIRMATION HAS MY OLD DELIVERY ADDRESS ON IT, WHAT SHALL I DO?

    Please forward the confirmation email to us on enquiries@silverstone.co.uk detailing your new address and a daytime contact number. We will then arrange for tickets to be dispatched to the new address.

  • WHERE CAN I PARK/ TRAVEL OPTIONS?

    To ensure your visit to Silverstone runs as smoothly as possible please ensure you leave plenty of time for your journey and to make the most of your day.

    Parking on site
    Parking on site is free please follow signs for public parking and take directions for our car parking stewards;

    Train
    The nearest mainline train stations are Milton Keynes and Northampton. Please check connecting bus services in order to ensure you can connect to Silverstone at a convenient time. Alternatively taxi journey is a short ride to Silverstone from these stations. Approx 30mins.

  • WHAT TIME DO CAR PARKS OPEN?

    Car parks open up to half an hour before circuit gate opening times. Please note that this is subject to change.

  • CAN I CAMP AT SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT?

    No, there is no camping available at Silverstone Circuit for this event. We do however have a number of campsites nearby for more information click here . Please note that Silverstone Woodlands will not be open for this event.

  • FOOD & DRINK

    We have a number of vendors around the circuit for all tastes. We have traditional hot snacks such as burgers, fish & chips, jacket potatoes and pies to paninis, baguettes and vegetarian food – but we’re sure you’ll find numerous other options that are very tempting indeed. Please kindly note that no glass bottles are allowed to be brought into the circuit at any time. You will be asked to leave any glass bottles at the gates if you do bring them.

  • SILVERSTONE POLICY STATEMENT ON ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES.

    Silverstone Circuits Ltd and the police have a zero tolerance policy to illegal substances. The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Silverstone Circuits Ltd. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the country. Police officers and security guards will be on site and will deal with drug offences in accordance with national guidelines. Neither anti-social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated. You may be searched at the entrance. Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and / or offensive activities onsite may be searched. Offenders will be escorted off the site, and refused re-admission.

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