Which classic car shows will you visit this summer?
There’s something for everyone, whether it be top-end concours cars worth tens of thousands – if not millions – of pounds, to gatherings for particular marques and clubs. And that’s not to mention plenty of events that include some classic racing as well as static displays.
Here, we offer a few highlights of this year’s calendar around the country.
Concours of Elegance 2015
This prestigious event has toured the country in recent years at venues of beauty – Windsor Castle, St James Palace and Hampton Court Palace – and this year heads north of the border to The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Taking place between September 4-6, it sees some of the world’s most prolific car collectors show their gems to the public and this year’s event will see 60 of the world’s rarest and most exotic cars on show.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
The roll-call will include a 1939 Delahaye 135 Figoni et Falaschi Competition Court Torpedo Roadster and a 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. As well as the main Concours event, there will also be plenty of other models on display as part of the Club Trophy event.
Now in its second year, each of the UK’s most prestigious owners’ clubs is asked to submit their own Concours event winners to be put before a panel of expert judges, who will then crown an overall Concours Trophy winner.
A new event for 2015, Retro Kings will be focused on retro and classic cars and is being held at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit on Sunday, May 31. The Retro Kings Show is unique in combining the appeal of a static show with the thrill of on-track action. Retro Kings will welcome club displays from across the spectrum, from pristine standard examples to modified classics, with prizes awarded to the best cars and best stands.
Clubs and individuals have the opportunity to enter the Show and Shine.
Retro Kings Classic Car Show
The lucky winner will not only win a trophy and some of the UK’s leading car cleaning products, but they will also be invited to automatically display on the best of the best display at Petrol & Pistons held at Croft Circuit on Saturday, August 22.
There will be a Retro Drag Celebration and Fire Up to mark the circuit’s huge history in drag racing back in the day and a Retro-Rides Sprint Competition. The event will host the second round of the Time Attack Championship. Also expect to see historic Formula 1 cars in action, with free access to the paddock, as well as a spectacular stunt team display.
Events at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire
Beaulieu, in the picturesque New Forest, offers a wealth of events every year. This year, there is again something for everyone.
Things get going with the Simply Ford day on May 3, for classic Ford cars, then on May 16-17 there is a spring autojumble.Land Rovers are the focus on May 17, followed by Minis on May 19 and June 14, Porsches will be on show on June 7, then Volkswagens on June 28.
There is an Austin 750 rally on July 5 and the Morgan Sports Car Club visits on July 15. It’s Simply Classics and Sports Car on August 22, while the Rover P5 Rally visits on September 13 and Ferraris on September 27.
That’s just a flavour of the events at venue where there’s always something going on – and don’t forget to visit the museum itself and the World of Top Gear while you’re there.
Wilton Classic and Supercar Show
More than 500 cars and bikes are expected to be on display over the two-day event on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. It takes place at Wilton House in Wiltshire and is hosted by owner Lord Pembroke. Saturday’s focus will be the classic car world, with the supercars taking centre stage on the Sunday. There will be interactive displays a feature throughout the whole weekend.
Racing driver and television presenter Tiff Needell is set for a starring role as an ambassador for the two day event.
Tiff is set to host the daily parade interview sessions with drivers and owners and will be on hand to talk to visitors about a whole host of motoring-related topics.
The show provides the perfect backdrop to admire the cars, chat to drivers and find out more about all aspects of motoring.
This is one of the big ones – in fact it’s the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it takes place at Silverstone, home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, and takes place from July 24-26.
Last year’s three-day extravaganza attracted a record crowd of 94,000 visitors and there is action on and off the race track.
Silverstone Classic Car Show
Aside from seeing some classic racing action, more than 100 car clubs have already registered for infield displays. More than 10,000 classics will be on display in all – everything from Jaguars to Porsches to Lamborghinis and Minis will be on show. On track, there will be everything from Bentleys and Bugattis to F1 cars of yesteryear.
There is also a huge autojumble for those spare parts, as well as music and entertainment, air displays and a funfair in a bid to create a real festival atmosphere.