Classic car events calendar: the summer isn't over yet

Paul Hudson
All set for a grand day out - Simon Clay

The classic car calendar is packed with events large and small, with something for everyone whether you're a marque aficionado or general enthusiast. Here are a few throughout the UK that are deserving of your attention, whether you're away on holiday or simply fancy a destination for a day out.

Until March 2018: British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire​

This special exhibition at the British Motor Museum tells the story of Britain’s motor industry using 50 key objects. In turn each object will have its own story, whether it is of a ground-breaking invention or a piece of social history.

A cutaway example of the groundbreaking Mini will be on display

The aim is to celebrate the rich history of an industry that has dominated the economic and social history of the West Midlands region for more than a century.

One example on display will be an original sketch from 1944 by Alec Issigonis of the ‘Mosquito’, a car that would be the prototype for the Morris Minor. The Trust archive is home to a large collection of items relating to the life and work of Issigonis, who designed many famous cars including the Mini, but this is the first time an original sketch has been on show. Some his drawing tools and a slide rule will also be featured in the exhibition.

There will be three cars on display - a 1899 Wolseley Voiturette, the first four-wheel car that Herbert Austin designed, and a 1965 sectioned Austin Mini which was a revolution in terms of automotive packaging. The third car will be revealed when the exhibition opens.

The displays will also feature lesser known aspects of the story, especially the role of the people who designed, built and used the products of the British motor industry.

Full details at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

September 23-24, 2017: Sywell Classic Pistons and Props, Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire
Step back in time at Sywell Pistons and Props

This event combines hot rods, historic racers and bikes with exciting aerial air displays and a variety of vintage performers.

Formula 1, Formula 2 and Group B racing will form the mainstay of the Racing Runway, alongside a selection of classic and modern motorbikes. On the Sprint Strip, the popular Street Car Shootout will be providing smoke and squeals of rubber. 

Air displays will be performed by the Yakovlevs and The Blades aerobatic teams, along with formation wingwalking from the amazing Breitling Wingwalkers. 

As well as displays by some of the UK’s best classic motoring clubs - with forward parking for pre-1986 cars, other attractions include live period music, re-enactments from both world wars and a host of family fun.

Tickets on the gate start from £22 for adults, £10 for children and £54 for families. Weekend tickets on the gate are £85. Car parking is free.

Full details at www.sywellclassic.co.uk 

September 24th, 2017: Warren Classic and Supercar Show, Warren Golf & Country Club, nr Maldon, Essex

About 125 rare and desirable classic cars will be on display, each vying for the title of The Warren Concours ‘Best of Show’.

The 12 classes include ones dedicated to competition Ferraris and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadsters, while an array of classic and modern supercars will also be on show.

The Warren Classic and Supercar Show started in 2013 and its relaxed yet stylish ambience has been the key to its growth. The undoubted highlight is the The Warren Concours d’Elegance, in which the finest classic cars are judged by an expert panel. 

This lovely 1950s Abarth 750 Monza Zagato will be one of 125 desirable cars on display

There will also be a Drive-In for classic cars brought to the event by their enthusiastic owners, plus a new classic car tour for 2017. These vehicles are then displayed alongside a mouth-watering array of supercars.

Cars already entered show the breadth of the concours competition, from a 197cc Tourette microcar – one of only 26 built in Croydon between 1958 and 1958 – to a Ferrari BB 512 with wild 1980s Koenig bodywork.

Other entrants are a freshly restored 1955 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe, plus a stunning Gurney Nutting-bodied Bentley 4 1/4 Derby, as well as a 1930s Lagonda LG45 Pillarless Saloon, a 1938 Delahaye 135C Competition roadster, a late 1950s Abarth 750 Monza Zagato, as well as the famous 1950 HWM Stovebolt Special.

A unique entry will be the Mirov 2, a one-off ‘Russian’ prototype, made specifically for a television advertisement to promote a British building society in the early 1990s.

Owners wishing to enter a suitable classic or supercar can do so by clicking here.

Full details and ticket prices at the Warren Classic and Supercar Show website

September 24, 2017: Mazda MX-5 Owners' Club National Rally, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
Simple fun: the Mazda MX-5

The British Motor Museum will once again play host to the MX-5 Owners Club gathering, which regularly attracts more than 1,500 MX-5s of all ages. This year’s event is set to be the best yet and on target to exceed these numbers.

As well as displays of Mazda's seminal two-seater sports car, it's an event attended by the largest selection of leading MX-5 specialists and suppliers, with technical advice, help on ownership and checking out the latest models.

Members of the MX-5 Owners Club can enjoy free access to the event and the Museum for up to two people, with parking included. Other visitors will able to purchase tickets (costing £14 for adults, £9 for children and up to £39 for a family) on the gate.

Full details at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

September 30-October 1, 2017: Prescott American Autumn Classic, Prescott Hillclimb, Gotherington, Gloucestershire
Credit: Mark Hemsworth

The popular American themed Autumn Classic returns to Prescott Speed Hill Climb, the home of the Bugatti Owners' Club, celebrating the biggest and brashest cars this side of the pond.

The competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course will include special classes for American cars and hot rods. Off track will be a spectacular display of American vehicles and US-themed entertainment, including live bands, a wall of death and Vegas showgirls.

The paddock will be packed with a spectacular display of American muscle and classic cars from Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes, Chevys and Hot Rods to Indian motorcycles and custom choppers shown by the Chopper Club of Great Britain. The Orchard features a dedicated ‘show n’ shine’ display area which is open to all American vehicles.

CAPTION:  one of the most famous Camaros ever made - the ex-Roger Penske 1969 Camaro Z28 Penske Sunoco.

Tickets at the gate cost £20 per day or £35 for the weekend. Full details at www.prescott-hillclimb.com

Cloverlands Model Museum, Montgomery, Powys

This charming museum has a display of about 2,000 model cars, some of them up to three feet in length.

Well worth a visit if you're in or near mid-Wales - and the area also has some of the finest driving roads in the UK.

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