A celebration of the 120th anniversary of Britain’s very first motor races (themselves held to mark the anniversary of the first Emancipation Run), with at least a dozen tricycles competing on a quarter-mile oval circuit in sprints and the Five Mile Championship.
The organisers of the aforementioned Classic 24 Hour at Daytona convene another enjoyable meeting. This one’s at Sebring, where the racing cars – in five different-era groups, each tackling four one-hour races – will be joined by a large display of classic military vehicles and planes.
The organisers of Retro Classics Stuttgart bring their brand of entertainment two hours east to the exhibition centre in Nuremberg. There will be themed displays, a large club presence, good grub, and many opportunities to lighten the wallet: cars, parts and automobilia will all be on offer.
HERO’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial is one of Europe’s toughest though most satisfying classic car rallies. Crews drive through the night on notoriously difficult regularity sections, usually in the most adverse of weather conditions.
Brooklands New Year’s Day Gathering
1 January | Brooklands, UK
Classic car owners and enthusiasts wrap up warm and head to Brooklands to kick off 2018. Pre-’88 cars will assemble on the circuit’s famous banking, and the museum will be open all day, too – so it’s worth going along even if the weather is less than friendly.
Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble
7 January | Bicester, UK
The first Scramble of the new year is sure to attract a good crowd as enthusiasts blow away the cobwebs of the Christmas period. Hagerty will provide advice in the Valuation Arena, and visitors can take to the sky in a Tiger Moth for a short flying lesson.
11-14 January | Birmingham, UK
Nigel Mansell is set to appear at this year’s show, and the NEC in Birmingham should as usual offer something to please fans of just about every motor sport discipline. There will be tyre-smoking action on the UK’s largest indoor track, too.
11-14 January | Maastricht, Netherlands
The popular Dutch show will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a display of 18 ‘prized specimens’ characterising the event over the years.
24-28 January | Florida, USA
This Palm Beach, Florida event is chiefly known as a top-drawer gathering of mouthwatering Ferraris, but it does also feature a concours open to other marques, plus excellent historic racing action at Palm Beach International Raceway.
Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique
31 January – 7 February | Various locations to Monaco
Crews set out from Oslo, Glasgow, Bad Homburg, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Reims to gather in Isère, where the real fun begins. Over five days competitors will tackle regularity sections and 1000m-plus peaks in ever-changing conditions as they slither their way towards Port Hercule in Monaco.
Bremen Classic Motor Show
2-4 February | Bremen, Germany
Drawing 45,000 visitors and some 650 exhibitors, the Bremen show is an inclusive affair, with all eras and most marques represented. Special displays this time will include
a collection of Isle of Man TT-winning motorcycles.
The Winter Trial
4-8 February | Various locations
As ever, the exact route for the Winter Trial is being kept secret until shortly before the off, but we know that crews will visit Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Snow is expected from the start, and in the Trial class drivers and navigators will be challenged by a pair of night drives.
7-11 February | Paris, France
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.
London Classic Car Show and Historic Motorsport International
15-18 February | ExCeL London, UK
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.