Classic car events calendar: great events for spring and summer 2018

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.

We will be adding to the list every week as more events are confirmed. 

June 23-24: Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel, Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire 
This image neatly encapsulates the motorsport and aviation inspiration behind Flywheel

This collaboration between Classic & Sports Car magazine and the spectacular Flywheel Festival combines classic racing and road cars and motorcycles alongside vintage aircraft, military machinery and live demonstrations on the ground and in the air. 

As well as the action, there will be displays from many of the UK's most prestigious car clubs, along with an open-access paddock. New for 2018 is the opportunity to see inside the workshops, showrooms and buildings of the specialist classic car businesses based at Bicester Heritage, a mothballed Second World war airfield that's in the process of being restored.

There will also be a Vintage Village featuring period fairground rides, live music, shopping and food stalls. 

Advance ticket prices start from £23 per adult, £10 per child (5-15) and £55 per family. Entry for under-fives is free, as is parking. 

Full details at www.classicandsportscarshow.com

June 24: Belgravia Classic Car Show, Belgravia, London
Superb cars on show in exclusive Belgrave Square Credit: Marek Borysiewicz

The second classic car show in the leafy enclave of Belgrave Square will feature more than 150 cars spanning eight decades, spread across four lawns.

They include exotics from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to family favourites produced by Ford, MG and Morris, among many others.

The central lawn will feature the rarest, including: a "time warp" Lotus Esprit Turbo from 1984 with only 2,000 miles on the clock; the 1970 Aston Martin DBS that starred as Roger Moore's transport in the cult TV series The Persuaders; one of only 53 Jaguar XJR 15 supercars; a Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental 20/25 built by Gurney Nutting for the Prince of Wales in 1932/3; a 1934 Lancia Astura 1934 fresh form a ground-up restoration lasting six years; and a , displayed after a six-year ground up restoration.

The car display will be complemented by pop-up bars serving refreshments, with live jazz adding to the party atmosphere.

The Belgravia Classic Car Show is the culmination of the Grosvenor Estates’ week-long annual ‘jamboree’, when the gardens of Belgrave Square are opened to the public. 

Tickets are available online at £10 in advance, or on the gate at £15 (free entry for under-10s when accompanied by a paying adult). 

Full details at www.grosvenorlondon.com/ and www. 96club.co.uk

June 29-July 1: Cofton American Car Show, Cofton, Devon
American greats take over Devon

What is billed as the south-west’s largest classic American car show returns with an assortment of US classics, hot rods and muscle cars – including Mustangs, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Buicks, Jeeps and a host of other American vehicles.

Now in its fifth year, this annual celebration of iconic American vehicles starts with a party on the Friday evening with live rock ‘n’ roll, country and western and rockabilly, before a cavalcade of more than 100 American classics sets of from Cofton on the Saturday morning at 11am, cruising through Dawlish to The Green at Dawlish Warren, where members of the public can soak up the sights and sounds of America’s mighty muscle cars for free.

From 2pm, there’ll be a barbecue and beverages back at base, followed by Cofton’s annual dog show in aid of the Dogs’ Trust, featuring an agility course and a host of categories, along with face painting and circus skills classes. The evening entertainment features an acclaimed Elvis impersonator and a firework display.

On the Sunday, more than 200 of America’s best known classics will be on display from 10am-4pm, with trophis for the winners in various categories. Viditors can get close to the cars and talk to their owners about driving a slice of Americana.

Tickets for the whole event cost £5 on the gate - full details, including camping and Cofton’s facilities, at coftonholidays.co. uk/events/coftons-american- car-show 

June 30-July 1: Heveningham Hall motorsport and aviation concours d’elegance, Heveningham, Suffolk
This  2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster was one of a stunning collection of cars arranged on the terracing in the grounds of Heveningham Hall in 2017

The Heveningham Hall concours d’elegance returns for its third year alongside a country fair in the Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion’s 5,000 acres of parkland, featuring 50 of the world’s most iconic cars exhibited on dramatic grassed terraces.

Also, following a successful inaugural event last year, there will be a simultaneous aviation concours featuring some of the world’s rarest aircraft.

New for 2018 will be the opportunity for concours’ owners and specially-selected guests to demonstrate their cars on timed sprints within the Capability Brown-designed landscape.

The Heveningham Tour also returns following a successful inaugural event in 2017 that saw around 25 concours owners and guests - their cars including a 1951 Ferrari 212 Barchetta, 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Corse and 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta - make their way through the Suffolk countryside.

This year's 50-mile tour takes place on Friday, June 29, taking in Suffolk’s renowned Heritage Coast.

Full details at www.heveninghamconcours.com

July 1: Leighton Hall Classic Car & Bike Show, nr Carnforth, Lancashire
Leighton Hall classic car show

Set against the backdrop of the Lake District fells, more than 500 historic vehicles will be on show at the 19th Leighton Classic Car and Bike Show, only 10 minutes from the M6.

As well as a host of familiar - and many unfamiliar - classics, expect also beautifully restored motorcycles, vans, trucks, 4x4s and military transport. There will also be arena displays throughout the day, plus trade stands, club displays and the ever-popular autojumble to source elusive spare parts or automobilia.

Admission is £7 per adult and £2.50 for children and includes admission to Leighton’s grounds, gardens, woodland walks, play area and tea rooms. House tours run from 1pm for a small additional charge.  

There's also the Leighton Hall Motorcycle Hill Climb on September 23 - see www.leightonhall.co.uk for more information.

Full details of the Classic Car & Bike Show at www.markwoodwardclassicevents.com

July 1: BMC and Leyland Show, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
See inside the BMC empire - literally

Now in its sixth year, this feast of nostalgia pays tribute to the vehicles produced by the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland, the Rover Group and pre-BMC Group.

With hundreds of vehicles on display, including cars, commercial and military, the show highlights the enormity of vehicles produced under the BMC marque. From the smaller Mini and Morris Minor to the larger Rover Montego and Maestro and range-topping 800, along with pretty much everything in between.

There will be two convoys to the event, one from the BMW (formerly BMC) Mini factory at Cowley near Oxford and the other from MG Longbridge to the south of Birmingham, both arriving at the British Motor Museum in the morning. To join the convoy, contact Tanya Field on 07929 868284. 

A free archive event called British Leyland at 50 will give visitors the rare opportunity to view historic documents in BL history. Starting at 11am and 2pm, these insightful talks will also detail how historic material is preserved in the museum's archive - expert commentary will be provided. Talks last 45 minutes and must be booked in advance via the website link below. 

Vehicle entry is £7 and includes a vehicle pass for the show vehicle, entry for one driver and one passenger. Tickets on the day are £14 adult, £12 concession and £9 for children. All tickets include entry to the Museum and Collections Centre - the world's largest collection of historic British cars.

Full details at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/the-bmc-and-leyland-show

July 8: Simply Jaguar, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire
Jaguars of all ages as far as the eye can see

Returning for its third year, a sparkling selection of Jaguars old and new will be on show in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, so expect the latest F-type, F-Pace and modern and classic versions of the XK alongside many shining examples of the revered E-type.

Classic saloons such as the MkI, MkII and MkX, modern S-type, X-type, XF, XJ and luxurious Daimler-badged models are all welcome.

For those driving Jaguars into Beaulieu, participant tickets are £10 an adult, £5 a child (aged 5-16) if bought in advance online (£12 and £6 on the gate).

Admission tickets include entrance to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the World of Top GearOn Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its stunning grounds and gardens.

Simply Jaguar will be followed by Simply Japanese on July 29 and Simply Smart on November 11.

Full details of all Beaulieu events at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.

July 14: Oakamoor Hillclimb, Oakamoor Park, Oakamoor, North Staffordshire
Oakamoor Hillclimb - Mini Cooper

This family-friendly revival event will feature up to 100 veteran, vintage and classic cars made between 1900 to 1975 to celebrate the tradition of the Oakamoor Hill Climb, which dates back to 1906.   

It is still possible to enter (full details at the website below).

A range of family-friendly activities will also be available, along with local craft, food and drink stalls. The event coincides with the Oakamoor Festival (July 13-15); this year’s theme is “Wind in the Willows”.

The event will take place between 9am-5pm and spectator entry is only £2.50 per person. All proceeds will be donated to Staffordshire Clubs for Young People (Staffs CYP), a registered charity which delivers a variety of projects to 5,000 young people across Staffordshire. 

Full details at www.oakamoorhillclimb.org   

July 14: Robert and Tanya Lewis Collection of Classic Cars open day, near Haslemere, Surrey
The Lewis Collection includes models from the earliest days of motoring up to the latest 200+mph supercars

This fascinating private collection of about 60 cars, from very early models to the thoroughly modern Koeningsegg Agera R, is being opened up for one day only, in aid of the Cure Parkinson's Trust.

As well as the superb cars, which are all in immaculate condition and driven regularly, there is also an extensive collection of motoring atefacts and ephemera from throughout the motoring ages.

There will be a special parking area for those arriving in classic cars, while an excellent lunch is included in the ticket price. Those tickets cost £60 per person (£30 for under-15s) and must be booked before June 29.

There will also be an auction of motoring-related items including tickets to the Goodwood Revival historic race meeting, which will be online at https://Auctionweb.ccqltd.com for those who are unable to attend

To order tickets to see the Lewis Collection, or for further details, go to the www.cureparkinsons.org.uk/Event/classiccars website.

July 15: 10th Old Ford Rally, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
A Consul and Zephyr at last year's Old Ford Rally

The largest rally of old Fords in the UK will feature about 400 pre-1990 Fords including commercials, tractors and vehicles with a Ford-produced engine.

That means a huge range of Model Ts, as well as to the cars of the pre- and post-Second World War austerity years, along with agricultural vehicles and Thames and Ford commercial vehicles. Then there's the slightly better-known Ford large-car output such as Zephyrs, Zodiacs and Granadas - not forgetting the Anglia, Cortina and Escort, of course.

The event includes an autojumble and an arena with live displays and commentary throughout the day. Visitors will have full access to the Museum, the Collections Centre and the Car S.O.S exhibition, as well as the show outside.

Tickets cost £14 on the day for adults, £9 for children and £39 for a family. Discounted tickets are available in advance online, as well as camping.

Full details at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

July 27-29: CarFest North, Bolesworth Castle Estate, Tattenhall, Cheshire
Pudsey the Bear - with a little help from Chitty Chitty bang Bang - fundraising at CarFest

The car-themed family festival, which has raised more than £10.5 million for BBC Children In Need over the past six years, returns for 2018 bigger and better than ever.

As usual, there is one event in Cheshire and one in Hampshire, on July 27-29 and August 24-26 respectively. 

The Car Paddock will celebrate the very best F1 cars, convertibles, coupés, grand tourers, saloons, supercars and more. Also on the menu is a display of German cars set around a Bavarian beer hall with traditional food, music and entertainment.

Live music acts already confirmed include Bananarama, who will appear alongside Billy Ocean, The Feeling, Status Quo, Alfie Boe & Michael Ball, The Proclaimers and Madness. There will also be an exclusive performance from CarFest’s Supergroup, curated by The Kaiser Chiefs’ singer Ricky Wilson, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, with more members still to be announced.

The CarFest Kitchen will include Joe Wicks, Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown. Returning culinary masters including Tom Kerridge and Angela Hartnett will be joined by car-mad chef James Martin.

The Vintage Village is back by popular demand, featuring vintage market traders, tea rooms and sweet shops, and the chance to savour cars from the 1930s through to the 1970s.

The final batch of tickets for both events will be available from April 19 at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

Full details (and for the CarFest South event on August 24-26) at www.carfest.org/

July 28-29: Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia Experience, Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire
A classic Alfa Romeo grand prix racer tackles the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb

The superb Shelsley Walsh hillclimb course's annual nostalgia-fest Has as its theme 'F1 Through the Ages'. The main attraction at the 2018 event will be an F1 paddock filled with modern and classic Formula One cars.

The venue is the oldest motorsport venue in the world still using its original course, having staged speed hillclimb events since August 1905.

The F1 paddock will be open to all spectators and many of them will be put through through their paces on the narrow, twisting hillclimb set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.

As well as the lure of historic and more recent F1 machinery, there will also be vintage and retro racing against the clock for pre-1980s cars, demonstration runs, static displays, live music, entertainment and food.

There will also be displays of rare classic motorcycles and a selection of historic rally cars from the Eighties and Nineties.

Full details at the Classic Nostalgia section of the Shelsley Walsh website: www.shelsleywalsh.com/classicnostalgia.

August 4: National Metro & Mini Show, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
The British Motor Museum already has the first production Mini - it will be joined by many more 1959 examples at the show

The 60th anniversary of the Mini will be celebrated in style at this annual show, which has moved from its traditional June slot to early August.

The show will be supported by various Mini clubs including the 59 Register, the Mini Traveller and Countryman Register and the Cooper Sport 500 Register. Plans are also coming together for a Guinness Book of Records attempt on the Saturday before the show to create the longest line of Minis ever seen.

Tom Caren, show manager at the British Motor Museum, said “As home to both the first and last classic Minis, it is only fitting for the British Motor Museum to celebrate the car’s 60th anniversary. The 2019 National Metro & Mini Show will be held on the weekend before the International Mini Meet to allow our international visitors and Mini enthusiasts to plan for a week of Mini 60th celebrations.”  

Visitors to the Show will also be able to explore the Museum’s collection of more than 300 historic British vehicles from the 1900s to the present day.

Full details at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

August 12: BMW Car Club GB National Festival, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
Bavarian metal galore Credit: Darren Teagles

More than 1,000 BMWs are expected at the BMW Car Club GB National Festival. New for this year is an area devoted to new products from the BMW and Mini ranges, along with displays from German-based BMW tuning wizards Alpina and AC Schnitzer, along with a motorsport-themed area featuring companies specialising in tweaking BMWs for racing, rallying and track days.

The BMW Car Club Concours will include a plethora of classes, from Pride of Ownership through to Elite and Masterclass, while a host of trade Stands will offer a wide of BMW-related products. 

Tickets cost £17 for adults, £10 for children (under-fives free) and £45 for a family. Entry to the Museum is also included in the ticket price. Discounted advance tickets from the BMW Car Club website www.bmwcarclubgb.com.

Full details at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

August 24-26: CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, Laverstoke, Hampshire
The Red Arrows roar over the festival in 2017

The car-themed family festival, which has raised more than £10.5 million for BBC Children In Need over the past six years, returns for 2018 bigger and better than ever.

As usual, there is one event in Cheshire and one in Hampshire, on July 27-29 and August 24-26 respectively. 

The Car Paddock will celebrate the very best F1 cars, convertibles, coupés, grand tourers, saloons, supercars and more. Also on the menu is a display of German cars set around a Bavarian beer hall with traditional food, music and entertainment.

Live music acts already confirmed include Bananarama, who will appear alongside Billy Ocean, The Feeling, Status Quo, Alfie Boe & Michael Ball, The Proclaimers and Madness. There will also be an exclusive performance from CarFest’s Supergroup, curated by The Kaiser Chiefs’ singer Ricky Wilson, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, with more members still to be announced.

The CarFest Kitchen will include Joe Wicks, Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown. Returning culinary masters including Tom Kerridge and Angela Hartnett will be joined by car-mad chef James Martin.

The Vintage Village is back by popular demand, featuring vintage market traders, tea rooms and sweet shops, and the chance to savour cars from the 1930s through to the 1970s.

The final batch of tickets for both events will be available from April 19 at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2Full details (and for the CarFest North event on July 27-29) at www.carfest.org

August 31-September 1: Déjà Vu Ulster Rally Reunion, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
An Audi Sport quattro S1 of the type that Walter Röhrl used to devastating effect in the 1984 Ulster International Rally

Rally legend Walter Röhrl will return to the scene of his dominant win in the 1984 Ulster International Rally for the latest in Déjà Vu Motorsport’s popular rally reunions, in aid of charity, which have already raised £70,000.

What’s more, Paddy Hopkirk, a five-time Circuit of Ireland Rally winner, has confirmed that he will be returning to his native Belfast to also take part.

It’s 34 years since Walter and his co-driver Christian Geistdörfer blasted their Group B Audi Quattro S4 over the Antrim, Down and Fermanagh stages to obliterate the opposition. Those who witnessed their performance rate it as one of the greatest drives in Irish rallying history. The unbeatable duo defeated luminaries such as Russell Brookes, Jimmy McRae and local hero Bertie Fisher by more than four minutes.

The Porsche-contracted driver will return to Ulster to head a cavalcade of historic rally cars over famous Antrim stages such as Glen Dunn and Torr Head. He will be joined by many of his contemporaries and a host of other rally stars.

The cavalcade starts at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast at 10am, taking in a 150-mile route over classic rally stages used in the Circuit of Ireland and Ulster Rally.

Afterwards, there is a gala dinner in Titanic Belfast with classic rallying videos, interviews with star drivers and other entertainment.

Registrations and tickets for the gala dinner can be reserved at the RPM Motorsport website below. All profits will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.    

Full details at www.rpm-motorsport.com/tours/ or email alan@rpm-motorsport.com

August 31-September 2: Concours of Elegance, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey
The Hampton Court Palace and gardens by the Thames form a splendid backdrop

Nearly 1,000 of the rarest and most important cars ever produced, from the 1890s to 2018, will gather in the beautiful gardens of the Palace for the annual Concours of Elegance weekend.

The event’s main display of about 60 vehicles will tell the story of the motor car from the 1890s to the modern day. Picking out the finest examples from the world’s most iconic and legendary car brands, the event is a celebration of rarity, craftsmanship, design and endeavour in the automotive world.

There will also be a range of exclusive supercars, displays from the owners’ clubs representing many of the world's most illustrious marques, as well as stands from purveyors of various luxury goods.

Many of the cars on display will be taking part in moving parades over the weekend. Cars already confirmed include Rolls-Royces with Figoni et Falaschi bodywork, rare vintage Bugatti prototypes and Ferraris formerly owned by Hollywood stars.

Tickets start from £25, with concessions from £17.50. Children under five and carers are admitted free of charge.

Full details at www.concoursofelegance.co.uk

September 2, 2018: Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar show, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
The spectacular line-up at last year's inaugural Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar show Credit: Rachel Palmer

This family-friendly event returns for 2018 with more than 300 of the world's greatest classic and supercars, set in the spectacular grounds of the Blenheim Palace World Heritage Site.

One of the highlights will be the Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition, featuring 80 supercars and hypercars built between 1978 and now, split into eight classes of 10 ground-breaking cars.

Full details at blenheimclassicsupercar.com

October 7:  Shuttleworth Race Day Sprint, Old Warden Aerodrome, nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
The sprint is a timeless display of historic cars and motorcycles on the grass runway of the fantastic Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden 

The season finale at the fantastic Shuttleworth Collection of historic aircraft and automobilia celebrates founder Richard’s Shuttleworth’s passion for racing, veteran cars and vintage aviation.

The Shuttleworth Sprint is a ‘classic’ sprint course along a grass runway. It’s purely fun, non-competitive or timed and no racing licences are required, though some of the world’s finest veteran and vintage race cars and motorcycles will be taking part.

Entry applications are welcome from all pre-1939 vehicles - and visiting car and motorcycle clubs are welcome.

As well as the smell of oil and the roar of engines at the sprint, expect vintage aircraft flying displays, live music, period paddock and exhibits, along with activities to amuse and delight visitors of all ages.

Full details at the www.shuttleworth.org/events/raceday/ website.​

October 19-21: Lombard Rally Bath, Somerset
1972 AND 1998 FORD ESCORT RALLY CARS

Although not a competitive event, this celebration of the classic era of rallying takes place on part of the route of the 1976 Lombard RAC Rally in historic rally cars.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the Lombard RAC Rally was the largest spectator event in the UK. To recall those days, the new tour was conceived by former rally driver Tim Nash as a predominantly social event and a reunion of former competitors, and already more than 120 cars have been confirmed to take part.

And the drivers! Expect to see Stig Blomqvist, twice a winner of the Lombard RAC Rally; Jimmy McRae, five time British champion; Louise Aitken-Walker, Ladies World Champion; Rosemary Smith, not only a former Ladies Champion Driver but the oldest person to drive a Formula 1 car, aged 79; former manufacturer drivers Terry Kaby, Graham Elsmore, David Llewellin and Robin Eyre-Maunsell.

These and many more will arrive in Bath on October 19 to attend a Rally Question and Answer Forum at the Bath Spa Hotel. On the Saturday morning the cars will leave Bath to visit former rally stages at Longleat and Cricket St. Thomas, before arriving at the “Spectator” stage at Wiscombe Park between Axminster and Honiton in Devon at about 11am.

Lunch will be taken in Minehead before the cars run up the Porlock Toll Road and then return to Bath, where they will be displayed whilst the drivers attend the Rally Dinner on the Saturday evening.

The oldest car confirmed so far is a pre-war Alvis Special, which will join hordes of classic rallying machinery such as Minis. Ford entries include a 1958 Zephyr, Cortinas, Escort Mk1 and Mk2, Sierras, Puma and Escort Cosworth, while Triumph will be represented by a TR4, Dolomite Sprint and a selection of the brutal V8-engined TR7s. Less likely rally cars include the Rover SD1 and Volkswagen Beetles and Golfs.

No such event would be complete without the cars that changed the face of rallying in the 1980s – Audi Quattros and MG Metro 6R4s, among others. 

As the tour around the old rally venues will be conducted at a leisurely pace, spectators will be able to approach the drivers and get a close-up of the cars.

Full details at www.lombardrallybath.co.uk 

 

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