As classic car fans, we’re incredibly lucky. Why? Because if you enjoy nothing more than spending a day or two looking at the best that the classic car world has to offer, then we are spoilt for choice when it comes to shows and events. Summer 2016 is shaping up to be a cracker and we’ve taken a trawl through everything that’s on offer to find a selection of the best shows to get you in the mood.
From cars to motorcycles, commercials to military vehicles, there’s something for everyone, and they’re all in excellent locations.
So get the dates in your diary now and start planning some great days out…
Vintage Nostalgia Show, Stockton Park, Wiltshire
This brilliant family event will bring your memories flooding back. For classic car nuts there’ll be vehicles from the 1920s to the 1970s, along with a wealth of stands and motoring memorabilia to browse around. Period exhibits and an air display are promised, too, but to really get you in the mood there’s a superb line-up of live music and dance. You can buy day tickets for the Saturday and Sunday, or make a proper weekend of it by camping from the Friday night. Book early though!
Nissan Figaro 25th Anniversary Big Party Weekend, Wroxhall Abbey Estate, Warwickshire
Fans of this quirky Japanese car won’t want to miss this event, and the organisers are aiming to make it the largest ever gathering of Figaros in one place. Expect plenty of cars, trade stands, competitions, live demonstrations and workshops, and technical advice. Phew! It’s free to enter, so if you own a Figaro, or just love the way they look, then you know where to head this summer.
Coventry Motofest, City Centre, Coventry
This free-to-enter show is a real treat, with a huge number of classics on display. That’s not all, as you’ll experience some great motorsport action, with a short oval track featuring stock cars and rifting demonstrations. In addition, there’s live music and plenty of local food and drink options to keep you refreshed throughout the weekend. Last year’s MotoFest was a great success and the organisers promise even more this year, so it’s definitely one for the calendar.
Bromley Pageant, Norman Park, Bromley, Kent
We love this hugely popular event and are sure you will too. Why? Well, there will be more than 3000 classics on display, with something for every taste, and if that’s not enough, it’s all supported by an autojumble and trade stands, along with cars for sale. There’s live music and plenty of refreshment options as well, making this a tremendous show for all the family.
Cholmondeley Power and Speed, Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire
Now in its seventh year, the Pageant has a new name, but it’s still the same superb weekend of motoring action. A huge number of classics and modern cars will be on display, supported by plenty of car clubs. Best of all, you’ll see plenty of the vehicles in action on track. For a feast of horsepower this is hard to beat. There are plenty of other diversions, too, including live music. The theme for this year’s show is supercars and bikes, so it should be an absolute blast of power and speed.
Seaburn Classic Car Show, Recreation Ground, Seaburn, Sunderland
This long-established show, held on Seaburn seafront and organised by the Sunderland and District Classic Vehicle Society, is open to pre-1998 transport. Cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles will all be on display, and among them will be a healthy smattering of modern classics to enjoy. You’ll also be able to browse the autojumble and numerous trade stands, as well as sample local cuisine.
Wonderland Classic and Sports Car Festival, Ferry Farm, Hoveringham, Notthingham
There’s a ‘Beauty versus Beast’ theme to this year’s event, which will see pretty classics from the likes of Triumph and Jowett pitted against muscle and custom cars. The show is also celebrating 30 years of the Ford Capri 280, so a real treat is in store for lovers of fast (and these days very expensive) Fords. There’ll also be plenty of trade, club and food stalls, while visitors can camp over on the Friday and Saturday nights to make a weekend of it. Entertainment is arranged for Saturday evening, too.
Brooklands Double Twelve
Highly recommended for your classic event calendar, the Double Twelve is always guaranteed to provide a great selection of classics along with excellent competitive driving. Saturday sees the speed trials held on the Mercedes-Benz World track, followed on Sunday by the driving tests. There’s a concours on both days, and cars will also be tackling the fearsome Test Hill. This year is also the 25th anniversary of the museum, so a special Silver Anniversary trophy will be awarded to the best silver car in the concours.
Bristol Classic Car Show, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallett, Somerset
This is a real family event. There’s always a terrific display of classics to drool over, and plenty of car clubs attend, so you can chat with like-minded owners. A wide variety of stands are available to browse around, and the event finishes with an auction courtesy of Charterhouse. Doors open at 9.30am, and being a popular show, you’ll want to get there early.
Raby Castle Classic Car Show, Raby Castle, County Durham
The stunning setting of Raby Castle’s Deer Park is the location for this show, where you’ll be able to browse around an eclectic selection of classic cars and motorcycles, as well as commercial vehicles and tractors. An autojumble and stalls feature, too, and the admission fee includes entry to the park, grounds and garden. Pack a picnic for this and make the most of the lovely surroundings.
Hanworth Classic, Bushy Park, London
The second largest of London’s eight royal parks, Bushy Park, close to Hampton Court, is the location for this free-to-enter show. Raising money for the Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice, the organisers promise a great display of classic cars, motorcycles and military transport, and you’ll also be able to enjoy 1940s/1950s music and dance. If the sun’s out, this is the perfect place for a picnic and a stroll through the woods, gardens and grassland.
Lymm Historic Transport Day, May Queen Field, Lymm, Cheshire
There’s always a great selection of classic vehicles at this popular show, but you’ll also get the chance to pore over transport delights such as traction engines and canal boats. Something for everyone, then, plus plenty of other non-automotive attractions. There’ll be live rockabilly and 1940s/50s music, a variety of fairground rides, vintage lawnmowers, and a LEGO exhibition to amuse the youngsters.
Tatton American Car Show – Stars and Stripes, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
Almost 1500 vehicles will be on display in the 1000-acre grounds of this neo-classical mansion and deer park. If you like classic and modern American metal and muscle then this is the place to be. In fact, the noise of all those burbling V8s alone makes this show a must. As well as the cars, you’ll be offered entertainment treats of a different kind: live bands, a Wild West shootout and a Wall of Death ride. There’ll be loads of trade stands to browse around and refreshments options aplenty.
Grampian Museum Speedfest, Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdenshire
This year marks the seventh running of the event and it’s a great family day out. Alongside the display of classics, there’s plenty more to enjoy including a concours exhibition and a stunt driving display. And if that’s not enough, you can watch competitive sprint races, explore record-breaking vehicles and perhaps even take a few car rides yourself.
Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire
Not just a wonderful venue, but a great sporting event. There’ll be around 200 competitors racing against the clock up the 1000-yard course. Penty of action, then, but the event also features stalls and family entertainment, a concours d’elegance and air displays. In addition to an H&H auction there’s a chance to see the Leyland-Thomas re-creation and the 1958 Owen Jaguar.
The Scottish Car Show, The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh
Arranged both indoors and outdoors, with cars in action al fresco, this popular show is well worth a visit. There’ll be hundreds of vehicles on display, both classic and modern, plus US muscle and Japanese and Performance cars. It’s all supported by stalls and club stands and a wide range of activities to keep the whole family entertained. You can pay on the day, and gates open at 10am.
Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend, Calder Homes Park, Hebden Bridge, West Yorks
It’s a lovely location and the show promises more than 600 vehicles, ranging from cars and bikes to military and commercial vehicles. Kit cars and vintage tractors feature, too, and there’s plenty more to keep you entertained throughout the weekend. Stalls, an autojumble, live music, children’s rides and local food and crafts are just some of the attractions planned.
Capel Classic Show, Capel Recreation Ground, Surrey
This is the 18th annual show set up to raise funds for the Friends of St John the Baptist Church in the village. There’s always a great turn out of classics, and you’ll be treated to everything from vintage and veteran cars, to modern classics, military and commercials, and motorsport vehicles. Historic motorcycles will be on display, plus this year there’s free car parking for visitors. It’s combined with the Capel Horticultural Show.
CarFest South, Laverstoke Farm, Overton, Hampshire
With the new series of Top Gear under his belt and, no doubt, other schemes in the pipeline, Chris Evans is going to be a very busy man in 2016. But he’s still finding time to ensure that the hugely popular CarFest events raise money for BBC Children in Need. The ‘South’ show is once again being held at the farm of former F1 driver, Josy Scheckter, and you can expect the usual superb array of cars, along with a line-up of big-name music stars, great food and a car auction.
Isle of Wight Morris Minor Owners Club Show, Havenstreet Station, Isle of Wight
This offers a great excuse to visit this Isle of Wight, with the Havenstreet venue being a treat in itself. There are various ferry options to get you there, although it’s wise to book early, and you’ll enjoy a great weekend of all things Morris Minor. Along with a feat of Moggies, there’ll be other models on display, as well as trade stands and refreshments to enjoy.
Classic Sports Car Races, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire
Plenty of red-hot track action is guaranteed and this event is always packed out. In 2016 it’s going to be a real treat for all motorsport enthusiasts, with a range of racing categoris that include the Swinging 60s for sports, saloons and GTs, as well as the Future Classics for 1970s and 1980s machinery. Plus lots more events and entertainment, from saloons and Modsports to Caterhams. If you like the whiff of racing fuel, this is one for you.