In advance of their concert at Silverstone on Thursday 2nd July, Madness were invited along to Silverstone to try their hand at driving single seater racing cars.
Four members of the band, Graham “Suggs” McPherson, Dan “Woody” Woodgate, Mike Barson and Mark Bedford all took part in a driving challenge, driving the Formula Silverstone Single Seaters. These are bespoke, race-prepared single seater racing cars, expertly engineered to provide a genuine racing experience and capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in under five seconds. Winning driver of the day was drummer Dan “Woody” Woodgate, setting the fastest lap around Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit.
Madness are about to embark on their biggest ever tour, “Grandslam Madness”, which will be the UK’s largest outdoor tour to be staged by any band ever! The 20 date itinerary will see them perform at a selection of the UK’s leading sporting grounds, including football and rugby stadiums, cricket grounds, race courses and Silverstone Circuit. Their appearance at Silverstone will take place on an open air stage overlooking the track on Thursday 2 July, just a few days before the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.
Speaking of his experience behind the wheel, Suggs commented “I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, there were some ringers in the band who have obviously done this before! You think you are doing better than you are, it was all good fun, great fun”. Asked if he was looking forward to playing at Silverstone, Suggs said, “I like motor racing; I’ve never had the opportunity to see it in the flesh so I’m excited about coming here. It’s a great event to be involved in. We were looking at different things to do this year and this is certainly one of them.”
Tickets for the Grandslam Madness concert at Silverstone are available for £35 each or £99 for a family of four.