Your Complete Guide to the Best Classic Car Shows in the UK 2018
LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW
The classic car calendar for 2018 kicks off with the ever popular London Classic Car Show. Staged in the ExCeL exhibition centre - this motoring extravaganza is a must see for all vintage car enthusiasts. The event is an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products from around the globe. One of the shows highlights will be the indoor driving runway where classic cars will be fired up and driven. This will be the best place to see, hear and smell these beautiful iconic classics in action all under one roof. There will be a special display of getaway cars from across the globe - encompassing everything from The Italian Job to Ronin.
Location: ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Newham, London, E16 1FR
Date: February 15 - 18th, 2018
RACE RETRO STONELEIGH
Race Retro will see the magnificent Stoneleigh park packed with iconic racing cars from all eras and disciplines of motorsport. Amongst the gems will be some of the best loved cars from motorsport past and present including, Colin McCrea's 1996 Subaru Impreza and Martin Brundle's Lotus 79 RT3. The Motor Sport Live Stage will showcase a wealth of motor sport icons and racing celebrities. Take yourself to Stoneleigh in late February and marvel at the 450 exhibitors, the live classic motorsport action and the chance to meet some of the biggest names in motorsport.
Location: Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LZ
Date: February 23 - 25th, 2018
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AMERICAN AUTO CLUB KILBEGGAN
This stunning "All-American" classic car, truck and bike show is an extravaganza staged annually in the sweeping hills of the Irish midlands. Although not technically in the UK this one is a real gem! It is the largest of its kind in the Emerald Isle with 400+ vehicles in attendance and attracts visitors from all over the world. Immerse yourself for the day in a world of stunning movie vehicles, big rigs, muscle cars, American buses, hot rods and fire engines. Family amusements and great food available on site.
Location: Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Date: Apr 22nd, 2018
CROYDON CHARITY CLASSIC CAR RUN
This run starts in a wine estate - that was enough to garner our attention. From there - this annual run ventures out on a stunning scenic route through the high grounds of Surrey Hills and quiet country lanes of “Old Surrey & West Sussex” before finally arriving at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester. The entry price is set at £45 and includes the car, a driver, one passenger, a run pack & route guide and finisher’s plaque.
Location: Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking
Date: Apr 22nd, 2018
FLYING SCOTSMAN - ENDURANCE RALLY ASSOCIATION
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Flying Scotsman. The four day event will begin with a relaxed run across the home counties in preparation for the days ahead. The second day sees the endurance classic veer eastwards to the fens and flatlands of Norfolk and onto the the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds. Saturday sees the more challenging climbs of the Yorkshire moors and dales before the final day brings the rally through the wind swept wilds of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The Flying Scotsman concludes with its arrival at the Balmoral Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh.
Location: Brooklands to Edinburgh
Date: Apr 26 - 29th, 2018
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL
One of the highlights of the vintage car show calendar is the relatively young Donington Historic Festival. It delivers a thrilling array of impressive international grids of the very best historic single seater racers, sports cars and touring cars driven by top drivers from all around the world. This festival is a real crowd pleaser and is already established as a major fixture on the international historic racing calendar. Donington Historic attracts thousands of car-loving fans, a wealth of of world class historic racing cars and an impressive array of classic car club displays. This adrenaline fueled show is a most see!
Location: Derbyshire, East Midlands, DE74 2RP
Date: May 04 - 06th, 2018
LAND ROVER LEGENDS - BICESTER HERITAGE
This newly created event will be launched at the end of May and is designed to cater specifically for Land Rover lovers and enthusiasts. This year is the 70th anniversary of the launch of the first Land Rover all the way back in 1948. The show promises to dazzle with its comprehensive showcasing of the very finest examples of the long serving British classic. Also on display will be a range of production models, including vintage prototypes and pre-production vehicles, rare bespoke models and military Landrovers dating back as far as the 1948 Series-1.
Location: Military Buildings, Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire
Date: May 26 - 27th, 2018
LA VIE EN BLEU/ LA VITA ROSSA
This motoring show piece staged on the Prescott Hillclimb is a weekend celebration of the spectacular worlds of French and Italian motor engineering. The show will feature a a wealth of motor classics spanning back over 100 years. Special guests will be the Bugatti Chiron and Bugatti Veyron Supersport. The cars will be on display in the paddock as well as raising pulse levels on the track over the course of the weekend. And if that's not enough - there will be entertainment in the form of jazz, opera, can can girls and swing dancers. You have been warned!
Location: Prescott Hillclimb, Gotherington, Gloucestershire
Date: May 26 - 27th, 2018
ARGYLL FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE
Labeled as "The" event of the Scottish classic car calendar the Argyll Festival promises to deliver. The focus of this years event will be all things Scottish. It will bring together some of the lands finest examples of racing cars and drivers from Le Mans, Indy Cars, Touring Cars and international Stage Rallying. The showpiece will be hosted at the iconic Inveraray Castle in the very heart of Argyll. The dramatic Scottish landscape will complement what promises to be a great weekend celebrating a proud history of motorsport in the area.
Location: Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland
Date: Jun 02 - 03rd, 2018
MG LIVE - SILVERSTONE
The MG Live is the largest MG event in the world. It will be hosted at the home of British motorsport, the grandaddy of British circuits - Silverstone. The event involves two days of racing on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit incorporating six race championships and more than 300 racers. There will be over 3,000 classic MGs on display and there will be live music, family attractions and much more. This promises to be an incredible opportunity to learn all about Britain's most loved sports car and to see them come to life on the world famous Silverstone track.
Location: Silverstone, Northamptonshire, East Midlands
Date: Jun 02 - 03rd, 2018
CITY CONCOURS D' ELEGANCE LONDON
Set in the gardens of the Honourable Artillery Company, the City Concour's D'elegance is an exclusive classic car show for the elite motor enthusiast. It has has risen greatly in popularity over the years and promises to bring together the finest, rarest and most expensive vehicles in the world. Most of the cars on show belong to super wealthy motor lovers who gather for the weekend to show off their vintage gems to one another and the contest judges. Originating in France many years ago, the City Concour's D'elegance today is the crowning glory of exclusive gatherings around the world where rare and high end classics are scrutinised and judged by experts.
Location: Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, London
Date: Jun 07 - 08th, 2018
BLACKSMITH'S HEAD CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Perfect for Father's Day is the Blacksmith's Head annual classic car show located just 20 minutes from Gatwick in Surrey. The show has been going strong for ten years now and brings together a spectacular collection of Rolls Royces, Jaguars, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Minis and Vintage Busses & Trucks. This is a free event so everyone is welcome - with donations on the day going to the local Air Ambulance service. Food will be available from midday in the hosting pub and there is a play garden out back for the kids. There will be live folk music from 2pm to entertain those who wish to unwind.
Location: The Blacksmith's Head, Lingfield, Surrey
Date: Jun 17th, 2018
FLYWHEEL BICESTER OXFORDSHIRE
This new event will be launched in June 2018 and present a spectacular gathering of classic cars and historic aircraft. A collaboration between Classic & Sports Car magazine and Flywheel Festival will combine world class cars with a dazzling collection of the finest vintage aircraft. The event will will see land and air demonstrations of cars and aircraft - with tyre squealing track action from vintage competition cars and motorcycles and aerial acrobatics from some the worlds finest pilots. You can also expect to be dazzled by some fantastic examples of military machinery including tanks, armoured cars and jeeps.
Location: Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, OX26 5HA
Date: Jun 22 - 24th, 2018
HEVENINGHAM HALL MOTORSPORT & AVIATION CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
The Heveningham Hall concours d’elegance returns to the Georgian mansion’s 5,000 acres of parkland. The show will host 50 of the world’s most iconic cars exhibited on the dramatic grassed terraces of Heveningham Hall. There will also be the simultaneous staging of some of the worlds rarest vintage aircraft as an avaviation concours will also be held. Among the classic cars on show in the Suffolk countryside last year were: a 1951 Ferrari 212 Barchetta, 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Corse and 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. This years event promises to be even bigger and better.
Location: Heveningham Hall, Heveningham, Suffolk
Date: Jun 30 - Jul 01st, 2018
CHATEAU IMPNEY HILL CLIMB
The Chateau Impney Hill Climb festival will see no less than 200 classic car competitors sprint up the challenging 1,000-yard course in a race against the clock. Competitors will strive to write their names in a new chapter of the festival's motorsport history books by challenging one of the UK's most unique and demanding hill climb courses. There will also be a stunning array of cars on display at this years concours as it celebrates the rich history of British motorsport - invited cars will follow the theme of "Best of British". Last years winner at the concours was the stunning and incredibly rare 1934 Bugatti T57 Atalante of which there are only seventeen in the world.
Location: Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire
Date: Jul 07- 08th, 2018
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is billed as the largest motoring garden party in the world. Not to be missed - it is a truly unique summer weekend that brings together an eclectic mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty. With 150,000 visitors in attendance it is the largest car culture event in the world. Hosted in the beautiful parkland surrounds of Goodwood House the show attracts a unique lineup of cars and legendary drivers from all over the world. Visit Goodwood and you will surely see some of the world's rarest and most glamorous cars of today and yester-year.
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Location: Goodwood House, Chichester, Sussex
Date: Jul 12 - 15th, 2018
LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC & SUPERCARS SHERBORNE
The Sherborne classic and super car show is one of the big ones. You can expect to see over 2,000+ cars in attendance with everything from - classics, race, rally, American customs and hot rods. The 16th century Sherborne Castle provides a breath taking location for this show where 40 car clubs from across the nation will gather. Visitors to the Classic & Supercars Show can explore the forty-two acres of beautiful gardens and grounds and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting at Sherborne Castle.
Location: Sherborne Castle, Dorset, DT9 5NR
Date: Jul 15th, 2018
The Silverstone Classic is the world's biggest Classic Motor Racing festival. It combines motor racing, live music, car clubs, hospitality and much more. Over one hundred car clubs will attend providing some fabulous displays for all to enjoy. UB40 will be headlining an impressive music bill and delivering some tasty reggae beats. The cream of historic racing action will be staged on the track with Formula One, Sports Cars, GT and Touring Car grids lined up. There will be over 20 races and over 1,000 race entries all included.
Location: Silverstone, Northamptonshire, East Midlands
Date: Jul 20 - 22nd, 2018
TATTON PARK - PASSION FOR POWER
The Passion for Power festival will mark the 30th anniversary of the much loved Tatton Park car show. This motor show is one of the UK's most popular classic car events with over 90 classic and performance car clubs anticipated to be in attendance. There will be a new super-sized marquee exhibiting some of the most desirable cars on the planet. This will be a great day out for all the family with children's rides, refreshments, entertainment and a full bar for the grown ups.
Location: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire,
Date: Aug 18 - 19th, 2018
The nation's favourite vintage car garden party returns to Britain's greatest palace - Salon Prive Blenheim. A spectacular collection of the rarest and finest vintage classic & super cars awaits coupled with a hand picked selection of the most desirable luxury brands & products. Indulge yourself, unwind and wine & dine in the unique ambience and atmosphere of the Salon Prive. The 2018 event will see over 500 vintage cars on display lining up for competition. There will also be a special tribute paid to 70 Years of Ferrari - the Italian manufacturer synonymous with speed, style and swagger.
SALON PRIVE BLENHEIM
Location: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
Date: Aug 30th - Sep 01st, 2018
Catering specifically to rally enthusiasts the Belfast Titanic Quarters will play host to this motor sport extravaganza celebrating historic rally cars and legendary rally drivers. The legendary Walter Röhrl, along with many of his contemporaries, will be in attendance. Saturday 01st of September will see the stage cavalcade commence as it departs the Titanic Quarter and embarks on a 150 mile route through classic Texaco, Circuit of Ireland and Ulster Rally stages. There will be a Gala Dinner in Titanic Belfast with multi media displays, interviews with renowned racing drivers and evening entertainment. This event will be a must for all nostalgic road rally fans.
DEJA VU - ULSTER RALLY REUNION
Location: Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Date: Aug 31 - Sep 01st, 2018
The Goodwood Revival is the only vintage car show in the world that is completely immersed in a particular historic period. The whole event carries the same theme and everyone is encouraged to join in with the fun, games and even costume. This years show will see vintage cars from the 1948 - 1966 era pitted against each other in some thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing. The festival will create a magical atmosphere as competitors and spectators take a step back in time and enter into the good spirit of the weekend. Hosted at the stunning Goodwood House this is one of the big ones - and organisers are expecting in excess of 150,000 visitors over the course of the festival.
Location: Goodwood, Chichester, Sussex
Date: Sep 07 - 09th, 2018
FOOTMAN JAMES - MANCHESTER CLASSIC CAR SHOW
The Manchester Classic Car show will bring an interesting mix of classic cars, live rally action, trade stands and a concours of the most interesting vintage cars. Exhibiting the best of the UK vintage car scene this is one of the biggest indoor classic car shows in the country. The show will see with hundreds of motoring icons spanning across the decades from some of the earliest vehicles ever made, to pre-war motorcars, classic vehicles from the 50's, 60's, 70 & 80's and even the classics of the future as regarded by motoring experts. The show will be hosted at Event City, Phoenix Way - just off Barton Dock Road.
Location: Event City, Manchester, M41 7TB
Date: Sep 15 - 16th, 2018
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The Piston & Props Sywell Classic show aims to combine historic racers, hot rods and motorbikes with classic planes and vintage music to create a fantastic two-day event. The two day show will be celebrating classic motoring both on the ground and in the air. There will be breath taking track action on the newly transformed Racing Runway and Sprint Strip - where iconic Formula 1 cars, Group B Rally cars, Hot Rods, Dragsters and Motorcycles will be burning rubber over the weekend. There will be an inspiring mix of aerial displays & acrobatics in the skies above and a superb line up of bands will provide live music all weekend. With camping packages available it will be a great outing for all the family.
FOOTMAN JAMES - SYWELL CLASSIC PISTONS & PROPS
Location: Sywell Aerodrome, Hall Farm, Northamptonshire, NN6 0BN
Date: Sep 22 - 23rd, 2018
The London to Brighton veteran car run is being staged to commemorate the raising of the speed limit from a modest 4 miles per hour to the dashing speed of 14 mph. The run is open to all vintage / veteran vehicles built before 1905. The first group of vehicles will depart Hyde park at 7:00am and the last at 8:30am. There will be an official route stop in Crawley approximately 1 hour 40 minutes after the Hyde park departure - but these vehicles being senior ladies of the motoring world - there may be many "un-official" coffee stops along the way. The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain run the event and should be contacted for any further details.
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN
Location: Hyde Park to Madeira Drive Brighton
Date: Nov 04th, 2018
The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC is billed as the biggest and best classic motor show in the UK. This is the daddy of them all. The NEC will see over 2,500 amazing vintage cars and motorbikes gathered in an area covering one million square feet, or twelve football pitches! 240 classic car and bike clubs from across the UK will display the most diverse mix of classic marques spanning the last 100 years. Some of the highlights include the Bugatti Owners Club who will showcase a collection of nine original Grand Prix Bugattis. Porsche GB will be celebrating 40 years of the Porsche 928. The TVR Car Club will be displaying their new 500bhp, V8, 5.0 litre TVR Griffith. And for the die hard Lada fans - the Lada & FSO Owners Club will be displaying the last-ever Caro hatchback. This November all roads lead to the NEC Birmingham.
LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW NEC
Location: NEC Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1NT
Date: Nov 09 - 11th, 2018
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The Birmingham show is going to be great. It’s by far the biggest date in the British motor show calendar.
great guide. thanks andy
My dad and I are going to the Flywheel Bicester at the end of the month. We are getting excited now. He is a retired mechanic and loves working on project cars.
Donington was incredible!!
Rod (Aston Martin)
Chateau Impney in July.
I’ll be at that.
Donnington historic car show this weekend.
This is going to be epic.
Honourable mentions for Northern Ireland are: the Kilbroney Rally near Newry and the Cultra Hill Climb near Belfast. Two great days out and lots of fun.
No events in Wales?.