The United Kingdom boasts some of the most famous motor shows in the world, as well as some of the most innovative. Here’s our quick list of the country’s unmissable motoring events.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed
Taking place over three days in either late June or early July, it’s now celebrating its 22nd anniversary (watch out, Silverstone) and welcomes well over 100,000 visitors each year. The most famous attraction is the hill climb, a 1.16 mile course tackled by anything from exclusive upcoming models to stunning vintage vehicles. There’s also the Sunday Times Supercar Run. Road-going supercars pit themselves against the clock in an event where speciality manufacturers now frequently showcase their latest sports models.
The Silverstone Classic
The Silverstone Classic takes place over a long weekend each July and draws hundreds of thousands each year. Held at Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, it’s the place to go for historic models – many of which will race the iconic F1 track. 2015 marked the event’s 25th anniversary, a milestone celebrated by a procession of all-silver vehicles around the track. Is it too late to find an all-silver car hire company?
Motorexpo is free to visit and held right in the centre of the Canary Wharf estate in London. More than 250 vehicles are showcased by the world’s leading manufacturers, with past names including Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. If you’re already tempted, the news that all vehicles are unlocked should give you a final nudge. With the unique driveme scheme, various models are even available for a test drive. It’s super car hire without the cost.
Carfest was the inspired brainchild of one of the United Kingdom’s most well-known motoring fanatics – Chris Evans. As well as an extensive selection of cars and a number of unique track events, visitors enjoy a 3-day music festival. You can camp over to enjoy the whole weekend, and it’s split into two events to ensure that everyone can get in on the fun. Carfest North is held at Ulton Park Circuit in Cheshire, between Birmingham and Liverpool, while the Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire is home to Carfest South. All money raised is donated to Children in Need – £1.5 million in 2015 alone.
Whether you’re a dedicated petrol-head or just in need of a fun day out, there are plenty of motor shows across the UK to provide entertainment.