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Motoring Events 2017

Tue, 20/12/2016
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If one of your new year’s resolutions is to take better care of your car, you may want to treat yourself to a day out at a motor show or car meet to really get in the mood. Car shows are a great way to meet like-minded people, there is usually a positively-charged atmosphere, and there is lots to do for the whole family. Here is a guide to some of the biggest, best, or most interesting motoring events in 2017 - and what you can expect from them.

January

New Year's Day Classic Gathering

Date: Sunday 1st January

Location: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

Tickets: Normal museum admission applies: Adults - £11, seniors and students - £10, children - £6.

Over a thousand vehicles are expected at this event, which is a classic car gathering open to everyone. As well as pre-1987 vintage cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles on display, expect a winter barbecue, live music, and fun for all the family.

 

Autosport International 2017

Date: Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th January

Location: Birmingham NEC

Tickets: £23-35 standard entry

Autosport International is Europe’s largest motorsport show. It features the latest and fastest cars and technology, as well as racing, auctions, appearances from the biggest stars, and over 300 exhibitors.

February

Stunt Fest 2017

Date: Saturday 18th February

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Tickets: £14 adults (£8 advance), kids age 5-15 £7 (£4 advance), £35 family ticket (£20 advance)

An afternoon of fun stunts and displays for all the family. This entertaining show takes place during half term and features a feats of daring-do to watch (don’t try any of it on your way home!), as well as funfair rides and catering. Enjoy drift rides; shows from stunt riders in cars and on motorbikes; mini monster trucks for children, and more.

March

Ultimate Dubs UK 2017

Date: Sunday 12th March

Location: Telford International Centre, Telford

Tickets: Saturday evening - £10, Sunday day - £15, weekend - £20. Free entry for under 16s

Ultimate Dubs is the UK’s largest indoor Volkswagen Group enthusiasts event, featuring VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda cars. Enjoy racing simulator competitions, BMX freestyling and street dancing, a Porsche 911 display, trade stands, and much more.

April

The Fast Show 2017

Date: Sunday 2nd April

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Tickets: £25 adults (£55-65 weekend tickets), free entry for under 16s

Displays and races from performance and modified cars await you at this year’s Fast Show. Enjoy drag racing, drifting, stunt displays and fun fair rides on Sunday, as well as track racing on Saturday evening.

 

Spring Action Day 2017

Date: Saturday 8th April

Location: Castle Combe Circuit, Wiltshire

Tickets: TBC

Begin the performance car season with a day out at Castle Combe Circuit. You can become part of the action with public track time and passenger rides, or sit back and watch the drifting demos and take a look at over 1,500 performance vehicles that will be on show.

 

Simply Aston Martin

Date: Sunday 9th April

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Tickets: Participants: £10 adults, £5 children. Normal Beaulieu admission applies to visitors.

If you’re an Aston Martin owner, take this opportunity to join in with this car meet at Beaulieu. All models are welcome, and you can take a look around at other motorists’ cars as well as enjoy everything Beaulieu has to offer.

 

Festival of Power 2017

Date: Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Tickets: £25 adults (£55-65 weekend tickets), free entry for under 16s

Treat yourself to an exciting Easter weekend with drag racing, monster trucks, stunt displays and more. You’ll also have pit access so you can watch the crews work on their cars and bikes.

 

Big Bang 2017

Date: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Tickets: £20 day ticket (£14 advance), £45 weekend (£35 advance). Free entry for children.

Big Bang is a laid back, fun VW festival for all the family. All VW vehicles are welcome to take part in safe and legal drag racing. There will also be an Autoglym Show & Shine competition, a circus, children’s entertainment, and free live music throughout the weekend. You can even camp there if you want to.

 

Simply Ford

Date: Sunday 30th April

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Tickets: Participants: £10 adults, £5 children. Normal Beaulieu admission applies to visitors.

If you’re a proud Ford owner, this meet up gives you the opportunity to meet with other Ford enthusiasts, show off your vehicle, and enjoy everything Beaulieu has to offer, included in your ticket price.

May

The London Motor Show

Date: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May

Location: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park

Tickets: £16 advance adult tickets. Free entry for children aged 11 and under.

The London Motor Show is your chance to see over 150 new vehicles, meet motoring stars, test drive the latest cars, see the latest technology, and enjoy plenty of family entertainment.

 

The Classic Land Rover Show

Date: Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th May

Location: British Motor Museum, Warwickshire

Tickets: £14 adults, £9 children, free entry for under 5s, £39 family ticket

This two-day show is a celebration of the Land Rover, including a history of its development, guest speakers, competitions, quizzes, camping, and more.

 

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

Date: Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st May

Location: Oulton Park Circuit, Tarporley

Tickets: £27 adult Sunday ticket, £35 weekend ticket. Ages 13-15 £16 Sunday, £20 weekend. Free entry for children under 13.

The Oulton Park Circuit is one of the highlights of the BTCC and draws the biggest crowd. There will be three races featuring cars from manufacturers such as Honda, Subaru, BMW and MG, and to make your weekend even more special you can enjoy weekend camping, hospitality or trackside lounge packages.

 

Race, Rock ‘n’ Ride

Date: Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st May

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Tickets: £13–£20 day ticket, £23–£30 weekend ticket. Free entry for children

Race, Rock ‘n’ Ride returns to Santa Pod for its second year, with drag racing and displays, live music, trade stands and evening entertainment.

 

Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally 2017

Date: Sunday 21st May

Location: Weedon Park, Aylesbury

Tickets: £6 public entry, free entry for children

This rally is organised by The Game Club to raise money for local charitable causes. It features around one thousand vehicles, a dog show, children’s rides, a hog roast, and more.

 

Pendle Powerfest 2017

Date: Sunday 28th May

Location: Nelson & Colne College, Barrowford, East Lancashire

Tickets: £5 single vehicle entry

Pendle Powerfest is a family-friendly motor show run by volunteers to raise money for good causes. There will be around 250 vehicles to see, as well as live music, entertainment, food, and more.

June

29th London To Brighton Classic Car Run

Date: Sunday 4th June

Location: Starts at Mercedes- Benz World, Weybridge

Tickets: £95 for driver and navigator

Starting at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge and finishing on Madeira Drive in Brighton next to the pier, the 2017 Classic Car Run is a great event to get involved with. All vehicles over 25 years old are eligible to take part.

 

Simply Porsche

Date: Sunday 4th June

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Tickets: Participants: £10 adults, £5 children. Normal Beaulieu admission applies to visitors.

Porsche owners and enthusiasts can come together at this car meet to admire each other’s vehicles and enjoy all the attractions at Beaulieu, including The National Motor Museum.

 

Mini Cooper Register Rally

Date: Sunday 11th June

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Tickets: TBC

Now in its 33rd year, the Mini Cooper Register Rally features a large display of Mini Coopers and exhibiting traders. It also offers a chance to win prestigious awards such as the Beaulieu Cup.

 

Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day

Date: Sunday 18th June

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Tickets: TBC

Vehicles on display at this event include hot rods, custom cars, American muscle cars and more. There will also be prizes to be won, a vintage village, and entertainment including swing dance demonstrations.

July

JapShow 2017

Date: Saturday 9th July

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Tickets: £14–£20 day ticket, £22–£30 weekend ticket. Free entry for under 13s

All Japanese cars and bikes are welcome at the JapShow. Enjoy the relaxed pace of the show paddock, displays and trade area, or watch drag races, stunts, and more.

 

Bug Jam 31

Date: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd July

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Tickets: £65–£75 adult VW weekend ticket, £85–£95 adult non-VW weekend ticket; £15–£27 day ticket. Free entry for children under 13.

Bug Jam is Europe’s largest VW event. Featuring drag racing, stunts and displays, nightlife, comedy, trade stalls, a fun fair, and more. There will be five music arenas on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as live acoustic music, DJs and a licenced bar in the relaxed Bugwam area.

August

Beaulieu Supercar Weekend

Date: Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th August

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Tickets: TBC

Get up close to some of the world’s most exclusive and prestigious supercars at this motoring event.

 

Royal Deeside Speed Festival

Date: Sunday 20th August

Location: Kincardine Castle, Aberdeenshire

Tickets: TBC

The main event at this festival is the West Drive hillclimb course. There will also be a series of demonstration class runs during the day, a soap box derby, trade stands, and refreshments from local producers.

September

International Autojumble

Date: Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Tickets: Advance adults from £13.20, advance children from £8.80

With over 2,000 stands filled with vintage, classic and modern motoring products, the International Autojumble is as large as it is iconic. Find car parts, accessories, tools, clothing and more, including plenty of bargains.

November

Simply Smart

Date: Sunday 12th November

Location: Beaulieu

Tickets: Participants: £10 adults, £5 children. Normal Beaulieu admission applies to visitors.

If you own a Smart car or are a Smart enthusiast, this car meet gives you the opportunity to connect with other owners, admire each other’s vehicles, and enjoy all the attractions at The National Motor Museum.

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