Your guide to the big summer car shows of 2017

Your guide to the big summer car shows of 2017

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We globelike up the hottest car shows in Britain for summer 2017

There’s nothing we Brits love more than a mordant day out – and it’s even better if it’s full of sizzling metal. And summer 2017 has petrolheads incredibly and truly catered for, as there’s barely a weekend without a top car show.  

We’ve rounded up the unsurpassed car show events the sunshine months have to offer – none of which involves being cooped up in stodgy motor show halls.

• Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

Each one promises the chance to give your legs in the Great British outdoors, while getting up close with some of the hottest cars and remarkable action the UK has to offer. All you have to worry about is the weather…

Goodwood Festival of Swiftness

When? 29 June-2 July
Where? Goodwood House, West Sussex
Entr: From £34 (adults)

Arguably Britain’s flagship motoring end, the Festival of Speed has a theme every year, and in 2017 it is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Regatta-Changers’. That means racing cars and bikes that were so int, extravagant or just plain bonkers that they caused organisers to switch the rules. Fans can expect insane machinery such as Group B rally stormers, 750kg thirties Majestic Prix racers and turbocharged Formula One cars with insane aerodynamics. Extraordinary motors tearing up the hill is always Goodwood’s highlight, but the  festival will also mark the usual rally stage, aviation displays and action sports.

Silverstone Archetypal

When? 28-30 July
Where? Towcester, Northants
Entry: From £43 (adults)

Dubbed the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Silverstone Paragon is a Mecca for historic motorsport fans. More than 10,000 high-exhibit classic cars will descend on the home of the British Grand Prix above the course of a weekend, along with more than 100 classic car clubs.

There liking barely be breathing space between races, with everything from pre-1966 Splendid Prix cars through to Group C Le Mans racers and modern classic Supertouring saloons from the BTCC’s heyday. Off-keep up with entertainment will include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Who tribute acts, along with air displays and a flagship excellent car auction by Silverstone Classics.

Big Welsh Car Show

When? 17 September
Where? Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire
Entrance: From £10 (adults)

It does what it says on the tin – the Big Welsh Car Show is a colossal gathering of motors. For 2017, the occurrence is moving from Margam Country Park in Port Talbot to Chepstow Racecourse, and all proceeds go to blood cancer beneficence Bloodwise, which organises the event.

The show caters for classic car fans more than all else, although the occasional rare and recent model may sneak into the vaunt area. Non-motoring activities will include live music, a funfair and the turn to learn circus tricks.

Japfest Donington

When? 1 July
Where? Donington Preserve, Derby
Entry: From £17 (adults)

Far East meets East Midlands at this all-Japanese car celebratory. The festival has a heavy modified car presence, so expect plenty of souped-up Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru Imprezas with mega horsepower, but the plethora of displays intent also include a range of supremely restored classics alongside modern metal with a exhibit theme.   

Track action will comprise the MSA Time Attack Championship, addition sideways passenger rides with British Drift Championship drivers and ajar track time for enthusiasts with their own Japanese cars.

Showgoers scouring for cadaverous or scarce parts can head to the retail village, and there will also be a championship for visitors to the show to win a Honda S2000 GT.

The Scottish Car Show

When? 15-16 July
Where? The Stately Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh
Entry: From £20 (adults)

This year will be the first time the Scottish Car Show has happen to a full weekend event. The show started life as a relatively small modified car conclave, and was previously a single-day affair, but has now mushroomed to incorporate over 2,000 exhibitor vehicles and more than 20,000 visitors.

As agreeably as hot vehicle displays and show car competitions, highlights will include supercar and Ariel Atom voyager rides, drift taxis and military vehicle displays by the Army. The event is now in its 14th year and prides itself on being lad-friendly, and will cater for kids with face painting, a petting zoo and a spongy play area.

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels

When? 26-27 August
Where? Dunsfold Parking-lot, Cranleigh
Entry: From £22 (adults)

If you like your cars and planes choice then this is the must-attend event of the summer.

As well as being the trial track for TV’s Top Gear, Dunsfold Aerodrome is steeped in aviation history. It was built by the Canadian army as a bomber airfield for use in the Defective World War, so it’s a fitting venue to display and fly classic military aircraft, such as Spitfire fighters, Lancaster bombers and Apache helicopters.

On the organize, visitors to the two-day event at the Surrey airfield can expect parades and displays from as innumerable battle-ready, on and off-road vehicles as you can handle, while a host of modern and venerable supercars will tear up the runway and sound fantastic.

Goodwood Revival

When? 8-10 September
Where? Goodwood House, West Sussex
Entrance: From £53 (adults)

The Goodwood Revival is designed to recreate the footmarks’s golden era between 1948 and 1966, and half the fun is donning old-fashioned garments and imagining you’re mixing it with the Bentley Boys in a former era.   

Competing vehicles do their practice sessions on the day, so visitors get the chance to see every rare and in disarray classic in action on the track. The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy bike dog-races and St Mary’s Trophy saloon car race, both on the Saturday, are firm favourites – as are the celebrated Second World War Spitfires zooming overhead.

Records have been known to slip as rare vintage cars go under the hammer at the annual Bonhams auction, too.  

CarFest North & South

When? 28-30 July (North) & 25-27 August (South)
Where? Bolesworth Situation, Cheshire (North) and Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire (South)
Entry: From £67 (adults)
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Music festival meets motor show at Carfest, which is the brainchild of toast of the town petrolhead Chris Evans. The event is a fundraiser for BBC Children in Need and held in two split locations, one in Cheshire and the other in Hampshire.   

Despite the name, cars all but play second fiddle to the musical headliners, which this year last will and testament include The Manic Street Preachers, The Killers and The Jacksons. Petrolheads are well catered for, while, as among the main attractions is a collection of weird and wonderful vehicles from throughout the globe, rides in supercars and a retro car club.

Will you be attending any of these car shows? Let us grasp in the comments section below…


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