24-26 February | Madrid, Spain
First held in 2010, ClassicAuto has grown from a purely commercial event into a bustling show as popular with enthusiasts as it is with the trade; in fact it is now one of the more important dates on the calendar for the many Spanish car clubs.
2-4 March | Italy
A field of 80 pre-1977 cars in six classes, a 400km route through the Dolomites and some of Europe’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain scenery, and snow, snow and more snow.
Antwerp Classic Salon
3-5 March | Antwerp, Belgium
More than 350 exhibitors from 14 countries are set to attend the 40th Classic Salon, which will boast a ‘goldmine’ of parts and collectables in addition to displays from clubs, dealers and museums.
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
10-12 March | Amelia Island, Florida, USA
The winner of the 2016 IHMA prize for Motoring Event of the Year will doubtless put on a first-class show again in 2017, welcoming some of the best cars in the world to sun-soaked Florida. Al Unser Sr has been confirmed as the guest of honour, and special classes will include ‘Movie Cars’, set to feature the likes of the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 and Steve McQueen’s Porsche 917K from Le Mans.
Three Legs of Man
16-18 March | Isle of Man
Nowhere are classics given a warmer welcome than on the Isle of Man, and in mid-March
the motor sport paradise hosts this two-day, three-leg event featuring more than 20 tests and some 15 regularity sections.
Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix
16-19 March | Amelia Island, Florida, USA
Hot on the heels of the Amelia Island Concours comes this SVRA-organised meeting, which should draw big crowds in its second year. Fernandina Beach Airport hosts the action and, if the 2016 list of entries is anything to go by, there should be some interesting rarities on show.
Phillip Island Classic
17-19 March | Phillip Island, Australia
The largest Historic meeting in the Southern Hemisphere, held on Phillip Island just off Melbourne, attracts cars from Australia and New Zealand and much further afield, too. Grids are organised by the Victorian Historic Road Racing Register and cater for Touring Cars, various single-seaters, sports racers and pre-war machinery, too.
Goodwood Members’ Meeting
18-19 March | Goodwood Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex, UK
Three years on from the revival of the Members’ Meeting, we suspect you know the drill: world-class Historic racing cars tangle on Goodwood Circuit in front of a deliberately limited number spectators. (No need to sharpen your elbows to ensure a good view here.) We’re pleased by the return of the SF Edge Trophy for ‘spiritedly driven and indecently quick Edwardian specials’, and a dedicated grid has been added for Lister sports-racers to honour the Knobbly (60 this year) and the late Archie Scott Brown, Lister pilot extraordinaire.
19 March | Epsom to Brighton, UK
As it has done pretty much every year since 1930, The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club will corral almost 400 pre-1915 bikes, tricycles and sidecars in the Epsom Downs, before releasing them for a 47-mile trundle down to Madeira Drive in Brighton. No other event offers spectators the chance to see so many early machines in one place, so it’s well worth dragging yourself out of bed to see the riders off. The first is flagged away at 08:00.
The Flying Scotsman
31 March – 2 April | Northumberland to Gleneagles, UK
From the starting point of Slaley Hall in Northumberland, cars as early as a 1907 Itala 40 and as late as a 1948 MG TC will wind their way along spectacular and frequently empty roads towards Gleneagles. Overnight halts at Edinburgh and Aviemore will give crews a chance to recharge their batteries; the hospitality is always as good as the driving.
Classic Car & Restoration Show
31 March – 2 April | NEC, Birmingham, UK
Birmingham’s NEC is again the venue for this spring extravaganza, which offers displays of pristine restorations and untouched barn finds, an auction, expert advice, and a trade village packed with parts.