5 of Britain’s Best Classic Car Shows
Classic car rallies are an enthusiast’s dream, showcasing the very best examples of motoring’s golden age. Whether your interest is in enjoying your classic, competing or just spectating, you’re sure to love a good rally. Here are some of the very best.
#5 Trentham Gardens Classic Car and Transport Show
2014’s show was its 25th anniversary, and it featured over 1200 entries, 50 club stands and an Autojumble. The event, usually held in June, is always off-set by the stunning backdrop of the newly refurbished Trentham Park and Italian Gardens, and is estimated to attract 5,000 visitors annually. One of Europe’s biggest rallies, it constantly delivers year on year.
#4 Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club
Every year the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club is one of the largest gatherings of Jaguars ever found in one place, with a turnout of 2000 cars annually. The event offers a full weekend of entertainment, with something for all the family. Commencing on Friday night and culminating on Sunday, the occasion provides an amazing display of special exhibit Jaguar and Daimler cars from the 1920s to the present day. Alongside public favourites such as the Concourse, Pride and Joy competitions and forums, you can also entertain yourself with jousting, Dog ‘n’ Duck displays and a full Jaguar timeline. This is the perfect event for the whole family.
#3 Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Rally
The RREC Annual Rally in June is Rolls-Royce’s premier classic car event, showcasing over 2000 classic vehicles, from historic Silver Ghosts to modern Phantoms. The event also features a wide array of Bentleys, with everything from Derbys to Continentals and Arnarges parked alongside the historic Rolls-Royces. Event attractions will include numerous trade and club stands and a Bonham’s auction. Last year’s notable lots included the world’s oldest Rolls-Royce and Princess Margaret’s Phantom IV.
#2 Classic Ford Show
The Classic Ford Show is a motoring bonanza featuring over 2000 vehicles. The occasion is the UK’s premier classic Ford event, and makes a dream day out for any classic Ford fan. This exciting event in June includes mile strip action, thousands of classic Fords, a huge trade and Autojumble area, rally school rides, free kid’s entertainment, car club displays and much more.
#1 Bromley Pageant of Motoring
The Bromley Pageant, held in June, is viewed as something of an institution amongst classics enthusiasts, and is perhaps the biggest event in the rally calendar, attracting classicists from all over the world. The Pageant is famed for the extensive array of models it showcases, with all of the best makes from the history of motoring on display here. Last year’s event hosted 3000 entries, with everything from Ford Cortinas to Aston Martins parked beside each other. There’s never a shortage of things to do, and there are things for the whole family. There is normally a huge Cars for Sale area, a fun fair, steam engine, trucks, motorcycles, modified cars and hundreds of Autojumble and trade stands. For a truly superb celebration of the history of motoring, Bromley is the place to be.
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