The halls of the Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles are filled with some of the finest classic cars in the world, but there’s room for quirky fare, too – the Berliet Foundation is showing an example of its Centaure truck for example. The 2018 show will celebrate the 120th anniversary of Renault and, for the first time, an area will be given over to sellers of affordable classics.
Plans for 2018 include a fun gathering of noted getaway cars, and specials will be in action on the Grand Avenue runway inside London’s ExCeL – including the Beast of Turin. Tickets cover entry to both the Classic Car Show and Historic Motorsport International.
21 Gun Salute
17-18 February | New Delhi, India
Both a vintage car gathering and a cultural tour of New Delhi, 21 Gun Salute sees entrants – including some spectacular Maharaja-mobiles – gather at the Red Fort in the city for a concours before heading for Buddh International Circuit.
HERO will ask crews to drive high into the Alps en route from Le Touquet to Monte Carlo, but having battled through the elements on each stage the entrants will be rewarded with magnificent lunch locations.
23-25 February | Madrid, Spain
First held in 2010, ClassicAuto has grown from an industry event into a bustling show as popular with enthusiasts as it is with the trade.
23-25 February | Stoneleigh, UK
The winter’s traditional Historic motor sport show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire will feature a bigger live rally stage than ever before, while inside the venue visitors will enjoy displays including a gathering of ground-effect F1 cars.
1-3 March | Italy
A field of 80 pre-1977 cars, a 400km route through the Dolomites and some of Europe’s most beautiful mountain scenery, and snow, snow and more snow.
Antwerp Classic Salon
3-5 March | Antwerp, Belgium
Over 350 exhibitors from 14 countries are set to attend the 41st Classic Salon, which will boast a ‘goldmine’ of parts and collectables as well as displays from clubs, dealers and museums.
9-11 March | Amelia Island, Florida
Concours d’Elegance World-class classics will gather in Florida and, as always, there will be some superbly strange machinery on display, too: among the classes this year is one dedicated to custom king Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth.
Phillip Island Classic
9-11 March | Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
The largest Historic meeting in the Southern Hemisphere, held off Melbourne’s Western Port Bay, attracts cars from across the Antipodes and beyond.
Goodwood Members’ Meeting
17-18 March | Chichester, West Sussex, UK
Top-drawer Historic racing on Goodwood Circuit in front of a deliberately limited number of spectators. No need to sharpen your elbows to get a good view here. Among the attractions this year is the return of the crowd-pleasing Gerry Marshall Trophy for 1970-82 Group 1 saloons.
18 March | Epsom to Brighton, UK
As it has done pretty much every year since 1930, the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club will gather almost 400 pre-1915 bikes, tricycles and sidecars in Epsom before releasing them for a 47-mile ride to Brighton. Nowhere else will you see so many early bikes in one place.
Techno Classica Essen
21-25 March | Essen, Germany
‘Huge’ is the word most often used to describe the annual German show. It’s an accurate description, but Techno Classica has more going for it than sheer size, with carefully considered displays and the sort of support from clubs that makes it feel like a show for the people, by the people, in spite of the presence of many major manufacturers.
Retro Classics Stuttgart
22-25 March | Stuttgart, Germany
Some 140,000m2 of space in south-west Germany is filled with classics of every era and type. No major event has more readily embraced the Youngtimer scene, and this year there will be a whole hall dedicated to cult cars of even more recent vintage, described by organisers as ‘Neo-classics’.
NEC Classic Car & Restoration Show
23-25 March | NEC, Birmingham, UK
Birmingham’s NEC is again the venue for this spring extravaganza, which offers displays of pristine restorations and untouched barnfinds, an auction, expert advice, and a trade village packed with parts.
Espiritu de Montjuïc
6-8 April | Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
The street circuit at Montjuïc in Barcelona fell into disuse in the ’70s but now comes back to life once a year, with single-seaters, GTs, touring and sports cars entertaining the crowds.
6-8 April | Lisbon, Portugal
A gathering of classics big and small in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon; among the exhibitors there are always several model car specialists.
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance
7-8 April | California, USA
There’s more than one seaside concours in California, and this annual event at La Jolla in San Diego boasts a location to rival any you might care to mention – and an equally compelling field of cars and motorcycles.
16-20 April | Scotland
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
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
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.
Drive It Day at Bicester Heritage
22 April | Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK
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
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.
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.