Historic racing is now one of the biggest branches of the sport, and the Silverstone Classic one of the UK's premier motor racing events.
More than 90,000 turned out for the 22-race event last weekend, putting the Classic firmly in second place behind the British Grand Prix when it comes to Silverstone's car racing events.
The death of popular racer Denis Welch certainly overshadowed the 2014 edition, but the appeal of such meetings - the reason Welch was there in the first place - remains.
If you've never been to a historic event, or are one of those motorsport fans who think it's just a bunch of old men trundling around in slow cars, now might be the time to have a rethink.
Here are some of the reasons why.
Do you feel you don't get to see modern drivers really working because cars corner on rails? Do you like loud and spectacular machines? Do you get fed up with too much single-make competition?
If your answer to any or all of these questions is yes, then historics can provide the antidote.
Low levels of downforce (or none at all!) mean there is a lack of grip and cars move around a lot. Most historics have spacious cockpits too, so you can see the arm-twirling antics as drivers wrestle their machines.
Whether it was historic ace Simon Hadfield gunning a five-litre Lola T70 sports-racer, former Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver flinging his newly acquired Ford Mustang around (see video, above), or ex-British GT champion Bradley Ellis three-wheeling a Tojeiro-Bristol sportscar through Club, there was no lack of spectacle at the Classic.
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