With the dust of 2017 just about settling in our rear-view mirrors, it’s exciting to see what the new year holds in the world of motoring and motorsport.
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The biggest news of the new year is, of course, the impending 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship which is just a few months out. The tournament lasts from March through to November 2018, and will see the UK’s golden boy, Lewis Hamilton defending his 2017 World Driver’s Champion title.
Hamilton’s title defense, the fourth of his career, will be up for contention as well as his team, Mercedes’ title of World Constructors’ Champion. After an emphatic victory for both driver and team last year, we’ll all anxiously be waiting for what’s on offer from the 2018 season.
Thankfully the year won’t only be peppered with international F1 racing events, but tons of motoring action closer to home. Fans of classic car meets, jumbles, restoration shows, and auctions are in for a treat in 2018 with more events than ever before throughout the UK.
We’ll be there for some of these shows either as promoters or attendees, depending on the event. With so much happening, it’s a good idea to keep track of all these events by either signing up for our monthly events emails below, or bookmarking our Motoring Classics Events Guide and checking back to make sure you’re not missing out on any of the action.
Here’s a guide of what’s in store for all you UK motoring fans in 2018:
New Year’s Day Gathering Cotswolds – 1 January, Classic Motor Hub, Old Walls, Ablington, Bibury
New Year’s Day Classic Car Gathering – 1 January, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge
AutoSport International Show – 11 – 14 January, NEC Birmingham
Things kick off right from day one of 2018 with the New Year’s Gathering event in Brooklands Museum, Weybridge and Cotswolds Gathering at the Classic Motor hub.
The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show – 10 February, The Royal Bath and West Show ground, Somerset
London Classic Car Show – 15-18 February, Excel, London
Brooklands Winter Classic Breakfast – 18 February, Brooklands, Surrey
Two really big events take place quite early on in 2018, the Footman James Great Western and the London Classic. Fans of motoring and classic cars will no doubt be familiar with these popular draw cards, with the FJ Great Western show being the first of three Footman James events.
Goodwood Members Meeting – 17-18 March, West Sussex, England
Practical Classics Restoration Show – 23-25 March, NEC Birmingham
Brooklands Morris and Austin Day – 25 March, Brooklands Museum Weybridge
All popular events in their own right, the Goodwood Member’s Meeting is an integral annual meet that sets the tone for the Goodwood events later in the year. Practical Classics Restoration at the NEC, and the Morris and Austin Day at Brooklands stand out as well-known restoration shows for proud owners of classics from yesteryear.
Heritage Transport Show Kent – 7 April, Kent Showground, Maidstone
Newark Autojumble – 8 April, Newark and Nottingham Showground, Nottinghamshire
April seems a bit scant in the way of events with just the Kent Heritage Show, and the Newark jumble in Nottinghamshire as standout events for the month.
Stratford Festival of Motoring – 6-7 May, Stratford Town Centre, Warwickshire
Gaydon Land Rover Show – 12 – 13 May, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ
Deal Classic Motor Show Kent – 26 May, Walmer green Deal, Kent CT14 7DY
Liverpool Motor Club Track Day – 26 May, Aintree, Lancashire, L9 5AS
Pendle Powerfest – 27 May, Lancashire, England
Prestatyn Classic Car show – 28 May, Denbighshire, Wales
Lancashire and Warwickshire both get double booked with shows in May. Lancashire gets Liverpool Motor Club Track Day and the Pendle Powerfest, while Warwickshire is treated to the Stratford Festival of Motoring and the Gaydon Land Rover Show. The Welsh Prestatyn Classic is one not to be missed if you're in the area.
Vintage Nostalgia Festival – 1-3 June, Stockton Park, Wiltshire
Motofest Coventry – 2-3 June, West Midlands, England
National Metro & Mini Show – 3 June, British Motor Museum Gaydon, Warwickshire
Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show – 10 June, Churchill, Oxfordshire, England
City Concours D’elegance Londong – 7-8 June, Artillery Gardens, City Road
XK70 – Jaguar Festival – 9-10 June, Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb
Classic and Vintage Commercial Show - 9-10 June, British Motor Museum Gaydon, Warwickshire
27th Luton Festival of Transport – 10 June, Stockwood Park, Luton
Bath Motoring Festival – 16-17 June, Walcot Rugby Ground, Bath
The Classic & Sports Car Show and Flywheel Festival – 23-24 June, Bicester Heritage
Midsummer Speed Festival – 23-24 June, Gotherington, Gloucestershire, England
Belgravia Classic Car Show – 24 June, Belgrabe Square Gardens, London
As the peak season for motoring events, it’s no surprise that June is packed with not-to-be-missed shows. The Flywheel Festival, Metro and Mini Show, Motofest in Coventry and the Midsummer Speed Festival all stand out as major motoring attractions and a great idea for family outings for the start of summer.
The MBC & Leyland Show – 1 July, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
The Supercar Event 2018 – 7-8 July, Rockingham Motor Speedway, Mitchell Rd, Rockingham Corby, Northamptonshire
MacMillan Classic Car Show – 8 July, Surrey, England
Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) – 12-15 July, Goodwood Estate, Chichester
Old Ford Rally – 15 July, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
Silverstone Classic – 20-22 July, England
MCN Scottish Festival – 21-22 July, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
At the height of summer time, car shows like the MacMillan Classic or Old Ford Rally are quite popular. For serious petrol-heads, July signals the two biggest UK motoring events of the year, Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Silverstone Classic. Both share a history as the biggest and best shows on the motoring calendar.
Boston Classic Car Club 26th Annual Show – 12 August, Kirton, Lincolnshire
Oulton Park Gold Cup - 25 - 27 August, Oulton Park, Cheshire
The Pre-78 Rally August Bank Holiday Monday – 27 August, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Bucks
Bank holidays are a great chance to take in a car show, luckily August hosts the Pre-78 Rally, Oulton Park Gold Cup and the Boston Classic.
British & Midland Championships – 1-2 September, Gotherington, Gloucestershire
Goodwood Revival – 7-9 September, Goodwood Estate, Chichester
The Footman James Classic Car Show - 15-16 September, EventCity, Manchester
Both, The Footman James Great Western Classic, and the Goodwood Member’s meeting events are preludes to the giant Goodwood Revival and Footman James Classic in Manchester that both take place in September.
The Malts Tour – 2-7 October, across Scotland
American Autumn Classic – 6-7 October, Gotherington Gloucestershire
UK events don’t only celebrate the UK/European motoring industry. Fans of the American automobile industry can take in some vintage and classic models at the American Autumn Classic. If you’re a whisky connoisseur and a fan of motoring, then the Scottish Malts Tour is one you should pencil in for sure.
Regent Street Motor Show – 3 November, London
Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show – 3-4 November, The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – 4 November, Hyde Park to Madeira Drive Brighton, London
Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show NEC – 9-11 November, NEC Birmingham
Nitro Circus – 20-23 November, Birmingham Arena (20th), Manchester Arena (22nd), The O2 Arena London SE10 (23rd)
The Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show is one-to-watch in November. It slots itself neatly alongside two titan UK events, NEC Birmingham and Nitro Circus.
While the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is annually celebrated as the UK’s biggest motoring event of all time; Nitro Circus is a world-renowned, action-packed international touring show from the USA that draws some of the biggest crowds.
The adrenaline-fueled showcase features races, jumps and all sorts of motor vehicle and motorcycle mayhem in a one-of-a-kind, heart-stopping event. A fantastic way to round off an absolutely awesome year of motoring fixtures.
The Christmas Cracker – 1-2 December, Museum of Transport, Cheetham Hill, Manchester
Bond in Motion – 24-28 December, London Film Museum, London
Being that it’s December there are, unsurprisingly, just a few events to look out for. Of these, The Christmas Cracker looks to be, well … a cracker. Fans of Ian Flemming’s James Bond character will relish the expo celebrating the super spy’s “Bond mobiles” as explored in the series’ cinematic history.
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