If you’re a car nut, then spring probably makes you think of car shows long before daffodils and baby animals! Soon enough, winter will be behind us, and showgrounds all over the country will be getting prepared for some real automotive spectacles. If you’re looking to attend your first show or you just want a change this year, here are some of the best motor shows in the country.
Cholmondeley Power and Speed
It may not have the most imaginative name in the world, but this show is absolutely huge in some circles, and visiting just once will be enough to explain why! This expo is held on the grounds of Cholmondeley castle, and features an incredible collection of supercars, vintage and classic models, and even planes and powerboats! Despite the name, there really isn’t that much focus on speed and racing. There’s a time trial up a hill and a prize for the best time, but the real emphasis is on the sheer beauty and engineering of cars. Prices start from a mere £20, and children go free. That leaves a lot for getting your whole fleet up there with a service like Shiply!
While the Cholmondeley show’s name is a little misleading, Silverstone Classic really does what it says on the tin. It’s all about classic cars, tearing up the road around Silverstone! If seeing model after model from times gone by pushing their engines to the limit sounds like your cup of tea, you may be sold already. However, there’s much, much more to this event than the races and demonstrations. There’s a huge car auction, breath-taking aerial displays, a Saturday night gig and more shops than the shallowest reality TV star could hit in one day! Prices start at £35, and once again kids go free.
Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races
A little more niched, but still an incredible experience, this show is run by the prestigious Vintage Hot Rod Association. If you’ve never heard of it before, then you should probably act pretty soon to ensure you get your ticket! The Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races is only open to members of the association, who pretty much all drive pre-1949 hot rods. The grounds have a long history of high-speed racing, and the shows over the past few years have certainly done this legacy justice. Expect a lot of noise and a lot of fumes!
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Last, but certainly not least, we have the motoring fete; the Goodwood festival of Speed. This is among the most popular and well-known car shows in the country, and usually draws car nuts from many places in the continent too. As a result, you should expect it to be noisy, crowded, expensive, and worth every penny you spend! Walking around, you’ll be able to see current and former racing drivers, a medley of small jazz bands, and of course lots and lots of beautiful cars. Tickets start at £55, but many will agree that this is a bargain!