What are the 10 Best Classic Car shows in the UK?
Whether it's classic cars, sports cars or hotrods you're interested in, it's time to begin planning the UK's top car shows. Lets take a moment to consider Britain's best classic car shows so we can begin adding them to the calendar and making plans. This nation is blessed with a great many superb classic car clubs and the array of gatherings being staged across the year is just incredible.
1 - THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW
The London Classic Car Show brings together an impressive collection of the very best international classic car clubs, car dealers and manufacturers. One of the show’s most pleasing features is an indoor driving runway called the Grand Avenue. Here classic cars will be fired up and driven on this indoor roadway that runs right through the exhibition centre allowing enthusiasts to get up close to see and smell the world's finest classic cars. It is a perfect day out for all vintage motor enthusiasts. For 2017 the paddock will be opened to all visitors so that you can see the cars up close and connect with the drivers and owners.
Location: ExCeL, London, E16 1FR
Date: February 23 - 26th, 2017
2 - THE DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL
Donington classic festival is for all car enthusiasts wether you're a long-time motor fan or someone who wants to see a historic racing car in action for the first time. No matter your background, you will find plenty to entertain you at the Donington Festival. After it's first outing just four years ago the event is already firmly established as a major fixture on the international historic racing calendar. It attracts many thousands of spectators and hundreds of world-class historic racing cars.
The races are complemented by a huge display of all types of vintage cars from various classic car clubs throughout the nation. For sheer exhilaration the Donington show is one not to be missed!
Location: Donington, Derbyshire, East Midlands
Date: April 28th - 30th, 2017
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3 - THE FOOTMAN JAMES BRISTOL CLASSIC CAR SHOW
The Bristol Classic Car Show is the longest-running event of its kind in the UK having already staged an incredible 37 shows to date. It celebrates everything from legendary marques like Jaguar and Rolls-Royce through to nostalgia-filled icons like Rover, Morris Minor and Volvo. Renowned for its friendly atmosphere this show whets the appetite the moment you set foot through the front gate with hundreds of vintage vehicles packed into the classic car park. This colourful Somerset show attracts enthusiasts from all over the UK. Seventy clubs will mount displays indoors and there will be an additional 900 classic cars on view outside.
Location: The Bath and West Showground, Somerset
Date: April 21st - 22nd, 2017
4 - THE CHILTERN HILLS RALLY AYLESBURY
The Chiltern Hills Rally is a well established annual charitable event which enables classic car and vintage vehicle owners to gather together in the Buckinghamshire countryside and share their passion. It boasts a vast collection of approximately 1,000 vintage vehicles including classic cars, vans, buses, lorries, motorbike’s and scooters. It all begins with a breakfast in Aylesbury at 7.30am before driving in convoy to the Chiltern hills rally. There's a range of entertainment to keep the whole family entertained and even a beer tent for those in need of some ale refreshments.
Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Date: May 21st, 2017
5 - THE ENFIELD PAGEANT OF MOTORING
This Middlesex get together is not just a show but a pageant. As well as all the standard classic motor attractions there will be live music to add to the occasion. Incredibly there will be up to 2,000 classic vehicles brought together for the occasion at Enfield making it one of the heavy hitters on the vintage circuit calendar. There will be an unlikely mix of American and British classics alongside historic commercial vehicles and a auto-jumble of 400 stalls to choose from.
Location: The Playing Fields, Enfield, Middlesex
Date: May 25th - 27th, 2017
6 - BEAULIEU - BRITISH NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM
Home to the National Motor Museum, the Beaulieu hosts a wealth of classic motor events throughout the year. It is well worth checking out their website to see what they have to offer. Some of the highlights for 2017 include:
Simply Ford - April 30th, 2017 - From custom Fiestas, to restored Mk1 Escorts and even the odd Transit, Simply Ford is set to provide a great opportunity to admire a stunning range of classic vehicles and connect with fellow enthusiasts.
Mini Cooper Rally - June 11th, 2017 - The National Mini Cooper Day returns to Beaulieu for its 33rd year this June. This annual Beaulieu event has always been one of the significant events on the MINI calendar.
Simply VW - June 17th, 2017 - From modern marvels such as the Golf to the timeless classics such as the VW Campervan and Beetle, all models are welcome at the 3rd Simply VW
Location: Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
Date: Various dates, see above
7 - THE CHESHIRE CLASSIC & PERFORMANCE CAR SPECTACULAR
Tatton Park will play host to its 31st anniversary event for one of Britain's best and most popular classic car shows. This is a show not to be missed and boasts an incredible array of some of 2,000 classic and performance cars across the two day event. Approximately 80 of Britain's top classic and performance car clubs including Jaguar, Lotus, Jensen, MG, Triumph, BMW and all the classics of yesteryear will be present. There will also be a masive two-day Cheshire Autojumble with specialist and general trade stands of around 200 stalls. And to keep everyone entertained there will be light entertainment with children's rides, refreshments and a full bar.
Location: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
Date: June 3rd - 4th, 2017
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8 - THE BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL
The Brooklands Double Twelve is expected to be the biggest motoring competition held at Brooklands since 1939. The festival is organised in conjunction with the Vintage Sports Car Club and will see 144 classic and vintage cars participating in an exciting driving challenge and a concours d’élégance. There will also be approximately 100 pre-war vehicles competing in the Double Twelve Speed Trials. There will be a sprint on the adjoining Mercedes-Benz World circuit on the Saturday and on Sunday everything from Sinclair C5s to pre-war racing cars will tackle the foreboding Test Hill Challenge. This will be a high adrenaline fun packed festival that will excite all classic car fans.
Location: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey
Date: June 16th - 17th, 2017
9 - THE CROFT NOSTALGIA WEEKEND
The Croft Nostalgia Weekend event, now in its eighth year, is one of the best events in the north of England. It is home to a colourful mix of exhilarating classic, motor sport and military vehicle displays. It also stages living history encampments and barnstorming flying displays from period aircraft. Visitors are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the event and don some period clothing and have some fun at the festival. It has a friendly atmosphere and allows fans to get close to the race cars in the paddock areas or even climb into the cockpit of a Spitfire.
Location: Croft Circuit, Dalton on Tees, North Yorkshire
Date: August 4th - 5th, 2017
10 - THE LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW BIRMINGHAM
This is the UK's biggest classic car show. The NEC Birmingham will play host to over 2,500 vintage cars and motorcycles from the best motoring clubs from all over the country. There will also be a Wheeler Dealers live stage hosted by the country's favorite mechanic Edd China and pal Mike Brewer. They will be accompanied by a fantastic line-up of celebrity guests, car parades and game shows. All types of classic cars will be on display including everything from Austins to Astons, Fords to Ferraris, Morris to Maserati, Peugeot to Porsche and Lancias to Lamborghinis. There will be over 600 trade stands offering a wide range of parts, spares and memorabilia while the popular autojumble is a haven for mechanics looking for that elusive motoring part.
Location: NEC Birmingham, West Midlands
Date: November 10th - 12th, 2017
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No mention of any Scottish shows. Glamis Castle, or Selkirk, or Biggar. All large, well attended shows!