Need a reason to get your classic out this weekend? Here are some of the best local and international classic car shows to visit in September and October 2017
As car enthusiasts, we really are spoiled for choice with classic car shows these days. With so many high quality and accessible events available, both locally and further afield, there is a lot of fun to be had with our cars. Whether planning a trip to an old favourite such as the Goodwood Revival, or you're looking to try one of the many new events, you're never short of options.
While it's easy to get swept up in the the buzz surrounding the big events like the Silverstone Classic, some of the smaller events closer to home can also be incredibly satisfying – especially if it gives you an opportunity to take your own weekend car out for a blast.
Here are some of the best events to look forward to this weekend, and the rest of August:
Internationaler Grossglockner Grand Prix
21-23 September | Grossglockner Pass, Austria
One of Europe’s longest hillclimbs, Austria’s spectacular Grossglockner Pass once again hosts a first-class field of classic racers hoping to be quickest to the top.
Les Grandes Heures Automobiles
23-24 September | Montlhéry, France
Not a race, but an extraordinary meeting of racing cars at Linas-Montlhéry circuit just outside Paris. The grids feature many of the cars and motorcycles that graced the track in period, as well as number of their ‘heirs’, as the organisers put it.
Sywell Classic: Pistons & Props
23-24 September | Northamptonshire, UK
Pistons & Props has managed to turn itself into one of those ‘something for everyone’ events: aerial displays, car and motorcycle racing on the runway, live music, a vintage funfair and a shopping village are all on offer. Take the whole family.
Prescott American Autumn Classic
30 September – 1 October | Gloucestershire, UK
Action on the hill, a ‘show ’n’ shine’, a wall of death, and more hot rods and Yank tanks than you can count: this is as good as American car shows get on this side of the pond.
Octane Track Day
5 October | Goodwood, UK
Before Mother Nature declares the British racing season well and truly over for another year, we decamp to West Sussex to enjoy Goodwood circuit one more time. If you’d like to join us, places can be booked online.
5-8 October | Malta
Combining the Mdina Grand Prix, the Mdina Concours d’Elegance and the Mellieħa Hill Climb, the Malta Classic offers more than enough to make the flight worthwhile, with locals turning out en masse to watch some spirited driving.
Zoute Grand Prix
5-8 October | Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Another multi-attraction event, with less chance of warm sunshine but a guarantee of top-quality cars. Over four days the Zoute Top Marques motor show, the Zoute Rally, the Zoute Concours d’Elegance, and the Zoute GT Tour turn the seaside resort of Knokke-Heist in Belgium into a car-lover’s playground. There’s a Bonhams auction, too.