There are loads of car shows and events in the UK, from small meetups to massive family events. Here we’ve got a run down of some our recommendations, including loads for August in case you want to get out and about over the summer holidays.
Whitby Traction Engine Rally, Yorkshire
When: 2-4 August
Where: Next to Whitby Abbey, Hawsker Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JR
Why go? Taking place in arguably one of the north-east’s most spectacular locations, the Whitby Traction Engine Rally is your chance to get up close to some of the oldest and rarest cars and vehicles in the country, all in the shadow of the famous Whitby Abbey. The event takes place over three days and features a huge variety of classic cars, historic vehicles and steam traction engines. There’s also a range of entertainment, including musicians, dancers and performers, as well as the draw of Whitby’s famous fish and chips. The perfect summer day out for car lovers and families alike.
Find out more: outdoorshows.co.uk
Vintage and Classic Car Show, Cumbria
When: 4 August
Where: Netherby Hall, Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 5PR
Why go? Heading to the Lake District and Cumbria this summer? Why not take a detour to Longtown, where Cumbria’s foremost motor show is taking place in the grounds of the historic Netherby Hall. Only the very best car exhibitors are selected to display their prized classics, so you’re guaranteed some real gems on the day. There are also refreshments in the form of local food vendors and a pop-up bar, while the grounds and house of the 16th Netherby Hall are also well worth exploring.
Find out more: netherbyhall.co.uk
Mini 60 – The Official Birthday Party, Somerset
When: 11 August
Where: 30 Foxmoor Business Park, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9RF
Why go? Believe it or not, it’s been 60 years since the first Mini rolled off the production line, and to celebrate the anniversary of Britain’s best-loved and original city car, organisers of the International Mini Meeting (IMM) are throwing a party in homage to this British classic. With a showcase of original and rare Minis as well as the opportunity to show off your own classic car in a bid to win the coveted ‘Show and Shine’ prize, this is the ideal day out for long-term fans of everyone’s favourite small car.
Find out more: imm2019.co.uk
AllFord Day at the Grampian Transport Museum
When: 18 August
Where: Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8AE
Why go? If you’re a fan of all things Ford, the Grampian Transport Museum is hosting a car show just for you. The AllFord at Alford is a celebration of some of the manufacturer’s most iconic and formative models, from the fastback Ford Capri to the coveted Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Event organisers promise that there will be cars on display from every decade of Ford’s production timeline, so you can expect a living timeline of the manufacturer.
Find out more: gtm.org.uk
Ormskirk MotorFest 2019
When: 25 August
Where: Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2ES
Why go? Promising to ‘take over the town’, the Ormskirk MotorFest is one of the biggest and most popular motor shows in the north-west, and it takes place in the heart of Ormskirk town centre, with many nearby roads closed off for the event. The event puts on a real showcase of high-class vintage and classic cars and vehicles, while there are also closed-circuit races and events for visitors to enjoy. Taking place over the August Bank Holiday, this is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.
Find out more: ormskirkmotorfest.com
When: 13th-15th September
Where: Goodwood, West Sussex
Why go? A real highlight of the classic car calendar, this Goodwood event is a real showcase both for the Goodwood circuit and for classic cars. It’s 3 days long but you can choose to go for just one day, or all of them, and enjoy watching cars from the original Goodwood era of the 1950s and 60s compete on the track. It’s a real enthusiasts event, with some even dressing up in vintage costume to match the cars.
Find out more: https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/goodwood-revival/
Warren Classic and Supercar Show
When: 22nd September
Where: Woodham Walter, Essex
Why go? This is a venue which regularly holds car events, so if you live in the area it’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page for events. The show on the 22nd September though is a bigger, family orientated event with some real showpiece vehicles on display, and also a parade of cars through the roads around the venue.
Find out more: https://www.warrenclassic.co.uk/
Malvern Festival of Transport
When: 13th October
Where: Three Counties Showground, Worcester
Why go? This classic event isn’t restricted to cars – you’ll find vintage motorcycles, vans, military vehicles and more on display here, as well as modern vehicles. You’ll also find people selling spare parts, including some potentially rare and unusual parts, so if you’re carrying out any restorations it’s a useful place to visit. There’s also food stalls and other traders selling car related merch, perfect for a day spent browsing and admiring the over 400 vehicles on display.
Autumn Classic, Castle Combe
When: 5th October
Where: Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Why go? Castle Combe is one of the UK’s most popular circuits and hosts a huge number of events. This classic show in August is promising to be packed with highlights, including a celebration of 60 years of Marcos sports cars and a display of Aston Martins to celebrate 60 years since the Aston Martin and Avon Tyres 1959 Le Mans victory.
Find out more: http://autumnclassic.co.uk/
Classic Car Show NEC
When: 8 – 10th November
Where: NEC, Birmingham
Why go? The Classic Car Show is huge. Just massive. Until you go it’s difficult to imagine the scale, as it fills 5 halls of the NEC. The UK’s biggest classic car show, it has pretty much everything you could want, such as stalls (including ours! See you there), demonstrations, auctions and of course, many many classic and vintage vehicles.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
When: 3rd November
Where: Starting in Hyde Park, London, finishing on Madeira Drive, Brighton
Why go? This run of classic and vintage cars starts early in Hyde Park. Members of the public can gather to admire the vehicles before they set off (with facilities such as toilets and refreshments. This is a classy affair.) The cars then make their way down to Brighton, so there are plenty of chances for locals to see them en route before they arrive by the sea. If you’re in London or Sussex it’s a great opportunity to see some incredible vintage cars up close, and actually being driven.
Find out more: https://www.veterancarrun.com/
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