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Best Classic Car Shows April 2018 – Events to visit this month

Best Classic Car Shows April 2018 – Events to visit this month Classic and Performance Car

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 April 2018 and beyond


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. While we remain in the depths of Winter, there are still plenty of exciting things to do in January and February. Just be prepared to wrap up warm.

Here are some of the best events to look forward to this weekend, and the rest of the year:


Rallye Père-Fille

13-15 April | Biarritz, France

Rallye Père-Fille

This Biarritz-based rally for father-daughter crews is a relaxed affair, meaning those who prefer to stare out of the window rather than at the stopwatch will be welcomed.

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Scottish Malts

16-20 April | Scotland

Scottish Malts

This perennial favourite is so named because the route includes visits to some of Scotland’s famous distilleries – as if the epic scenery were not enough of a draw.
 

Gran Premio Terre di Canossa

19-22 April | Northern Italy

Gran Premio Terre di Canossa

Italy has more than its share of great regularity rallies, and this one takes lucky crews through some absurdly attractive parts of the country’s north-west. There’s a ‘culinary itinerary’ to match…
 
 

Motor Legend Festival

20-22 April | Imola, Italy

Motor Legend Festival

Held at Imola and described by the organisers as a ‘motoring fairground’, this event will feature grids paying tribute to Enzo Ferrari, Ayrton Senna, Jim Clark and Martini Racing.
 
 

Perthshire Classic Car Festival

21-22 April | Perth, UK

Perthshire Classic Car Festival

This new event, which promises to be Scotland’s premier classic car weekend, will be based around Scone Palace, and activities are set to include a 150-car parade through Perth and a 300-car display at the Palace on the Saturday. 
 


Drive It Day at Bicester Heritage

22 April | Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK

Drive It Day at Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage has organised a Sunday Scramble event to coincide with Drive It Day, and will as usual give members of the public the opportunity to look around the former RAF base and the workshops of the specialists that now call it home.
 


Tour Auto Optic 2000

23-28 April | Paris to Nice, France

Tour Auto

This year’s route takes crews from the traditional start at the Grand Palais in Paris to Nice, via four circuits (Dijon-Prenois, Bresse, Ledenon and Paul Ricard) and ten special stages.  
 


Paris-Amsterdam 2018

25-28 April | Paris to Amsterdam
 
A relaxed revival of the 1898 event that was Europe’s first international motor race, with short days in the saddle and plenty of time to explore. 
 
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Manx Classic

26-28 April | Isle of Man

Manx Classic

The Isle of Man welcomes a variety of four- and three-wheeled machines for a programme that features a sprint and a pair of hillclimbs.
 

The Flying Scotsman

26-29 April | Brooklands to Balmoral, UK

The Flying Scotsman

From the starting point of Brooklands Museum, cars ranging from a 1907 Itala to a 1948 MG TC will wind their way along spectacular and frequently empty roads towards the Balmoral Hotel.
 

Classic Days Magny-Cours

28-29 April | Magny-Cours, France
 
Guest of honour at the 11th running of this popular French event is Jacky Ickx, but the great racing polymath will, as so often in his career, share the spotlight with Porsche: the marque will attend Classic Days as part of its 70th-anniversary celebrations.
 
 

Classic Car Boot Sale

28-29 April | London, UK

Classic Car Boot Sale

Held at King’s Cross in London, this fun event, the brainchild of designer Wayne Hemingway, always poses a threat to the wallets of those with a weakness for vintage treasures.
 
 

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

3-6 May | Knysna, South Africa

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

Seriously quick hillclimb action in picturesque Knysna in South Africa’s Western Cape. Things get underway on 3 May with a parade of classic cars.
 
 

The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance

4-6 May | West Virginia, USA

The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance

A new event for 2018, held at the impressive Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and featuring a driving tour and club day as well as the concours itself.
 
 

Donington Historic Festival

4-6 May | Donington, UK

Donington Historic Festival

Qualifying is completed on the Friday, meaning the weekend features non-stop racing, with grids for everything from pre-’41 sports cars to pre-’91 Touring Cars. There’s plenty of metal to ogle away from the track as well, with clubs out in force.
 
 

Brooklands Auto Italia

5 May | Brooklands, UK

The spiritual home of British racing is overrun by Italian cars. Test Hill will be open, as will the museum, of course.
 


VHRA Vintage Nationals

5-6 May | Santa Pod, Northamptonshire, UK
 
Members of the Vintage Hot Rod Association descend on Santa Pod to ‘run what they brung’ at drag-racing HQ.

 

Keels & Wheels

5-6 May | Texas, USA
 
Beautiful old cars and boats share a stage at Lakewood Yacht Club in Texas. You’ll come away coveting all sorts of wooden things and a waterfront property.
 
 

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique

11-13 May | Monaco

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique

Formula 1 and Grand Prix machinery is to be the focus of the 2018 event, meaning there will be no F3 cars or Formula Juniors buzzing around the streets of Monte Carlo this time, but a competitive (rather than demonstration) grid for the magnificent pre-war racers that so impressed spectators back in 2016. 
 
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