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 October
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 summer is coming to a close, there’s seemingly not let-up in the quantity and quality of events, of which we have selected just a few.
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. As the year comes to a close, there are still numerous events and shows held around the country, as well as further afield. With huge indoor shows like the NEC classic motor show, the impending cold weather is no excuse to stay at home!
Here are some of the best events to look forward to over the next few months:
21-23 October | Melbourne, Australia
Far and away the biggest classic car show Down Under and held at the spectacular Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. This year’s event will feature displays marking 130 years of Mercedes-Benz and 100 years of BMW, and guests will include world champion rally driver Rauno Aaltonen.
21-23 October | Imola, Italy
Racing at Italy’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit, for cars from GTs to prototypes. Expect quality entries and packed grids, with the emphasis on track action rather than extracurricular entertainment and paddock atmosphere.
National Restoration Show
23 October | Warwickshire, UK
Held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, this show does exactly what it says on the tin, offering novice and expert restorers alike the chance to pick up project vehicles and hard-to-find parts from a large indoor autojumble and trade village, as well as helpful advice from a variety of marque club representatives.
Algarve Classic Festival
28-30 October | Portimão, Portugal
A favourite of Brits seeking top-notch racing and sunshine during the gloomy autumn months, the ACF is held at Portugal’s Portimão Circuit, a favourite of both Walter Röhrl and Sir Stirling Moss.
RAC Rally of the Tests
3-6 November | Bournemouth to Chester, UK
HERO’s heroic revival of the RAC Rally, for ‘advanced’ crews only due to the amount of night driving and the number of regularities and special tests as it heads from Bournemouth to Chester over three gruelling days. Entry is £3664 for a crew of two, but you’ll be able to enjoy the action whether you’re taking part or not – there will be plenty of opportunities for spectating, as outlined on the HERO website.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
6 November | London, UK
This is a celebration of motoring more joyous than any other, featuring hundreds of pre-1905 cars puffing, popping and wheezing their way from Hyde Park in central London to the south coast. It is sponsored by Bonhams, which will offer a selection of eligible Veterans on 4 November just a stone’s throw from the start line, and preceded on 5 November by the Regent Street Motor Show.
Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
11-13 November | NEC, Birmingham, UK
The UK’s biggest indoor show returns to fill Birmingham’s cavernous NEC with fabulous cars of all kinds and innumerable attractions besides. Club displays, trade stands, an autojumble, live demonstrations and special guests are all on the menu.
International Historic Motoring Awards
17 November | London, UK
London’s historic Guildhall hosts the prestigious awards ceremony. The winner in most categories will be decided by a panel of judges, but Car of the Year is voted on by the public. See the cars and find out how to vote here.
Classic 12 Hours of Sebring
1-4 December | Daytona, USA
Following the success of last year’s Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, the event’s organisers have created the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, which will feature four grids of racers spanning half a century.
3-6 December | UK
HERO’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial is one of Europe’s toughest Historic rallies, pushing competitors through the night on notoriously difficult regularity sections, usually in the most adverse of weather conditions. This one is not to be underestimated!
February 2017 | Paris, France
It lacks the quirkiness of its earlier days, certainly, and it’s not as massive as Techno Classica, but this Paris event is one of the great all-rounders. It always has huge support from factory heritage divisions, including those of Renault, Citroën, Peugeot and Mercedes-Benz, and their fabulous displays are frequently rivalled by huge showcases of the finest cars in the world for sale from dealers. There’s usually a tank or two, to boot, so it would be unfair to say that Rétromobile has lost its quirkiness entirely. It has become the centre of the European auction world, too, with the show hosting a sale by Artcurial, and Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s organising their own sales at impressive locations nearby in the French capital.