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Best Classic Car Shows February 2017: Events to visit this month

Best Classic Car Shows February 2017: 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 February


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. As we enter into 2017, there are many old favourites to look forard to, while there are plenty of new and growing events to consider too. 
 
While it's easy to get swept up in the the buzz surrounding the iconic events like the Goodwood Revival, some of the smaller events can also be incredibly satisfying – especially if it gives you an opportunity to take your classic car out for a blast. In the first three months of 2017, we have the fantastic Autosport International, Race Retro and the brand new Historic Motorsport International event – which joins the London Classic Car Show at London's Excel. 

Here are some of the best events to look forward to over the next few months:

Bremen Classic Motor Show

3-5 February | Nuremberg, Germany

Bremen Classic Motor Show

Switching places on the calendar with Rétromobile this year, the German show is an inclusive affair, with all eras and most marques represented by 650-odd exhibitors. Special displays this time will celebrate Zündapp and Karmann.

classicmotorshow.de

Rétromobile

8-12 February | Paris, France

Retromobile


The halls of the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre in Paris are filled with some of the finest classic cars in the world, but there’s room for plenty of quirky fare, too; tank enthusiasts are always catered for here! Among the key displays at the 2017 show will be a tribute to Group B rallying, featuring Audi Quattros, Lancia 037s, Peugeot 205 T16s and many more mad machines besides.

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21 Gun Salute

17-19 February | New Delhi, India
 
21 Gun Saloon

At once a vintage car gathering and a cultural tour of New Delhi, 21 Gun Salute sees India’s capital welcome a quality field of cars to the Red Fort in the centre of the city for a concours, before they motor past other historic sites such as the Akshardham Temple towards the Buddh International Circuit.

London Classic Car Show and Historic Motorsport International

23-26 February | Excel, London, UK
 
London Classic Car Show

Following the success of 2015's inaugural London Classic Car Show at the ExCeL, as well as a strong second year in 2016, the organisers have announced that the 2017 Show will be complemented by a motor sport showcase. Among the attractions is a display dedicated to Cosworth’s enormously successful DFV engine, which turns 50 next year. Tickets can be booked now, and the price includes entry to both the Classic Car Show and Historic Motorsport International.
 
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Race Retro

24-26 February | Stoneleigh, UK
 
Race Retro

The winter’s traditional historic motor show will feature an even noisier Live Rally Stage than usual, as Group B cars tear around Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. Inside the venue visitors will enjoy a mixture of displays, auction action and live interviews with a variety of racing stars. 
 
raceretro.com

ClassicAuto Madrid

24-26 February | Madrid, Spain

ClassicAuto Madrid

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.
 
 

WinteRace

2-4 March | Italy

WinteRace

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

Antwerp Classic Salon

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

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

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

Three Legs 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

Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix

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

Phillip Island Classic

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

Goodwood Members’ Meeting

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.
 
 

Pioneer Run

19 March | Epsom to Brighton, UK

Pioneer Run (David Southcott)

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

The Flying Scotsman

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

Classic Car & Restoration Show

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.
 

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