Summer is prime time for the UK’s biggest motoring events – from motorsport to classic revivals.
With the British weather on your side, there’s nothing better than being out in the sunshine enjoying cars doing what they were designed to do.
From the highlight of the year’s motorsport calendar to reminiscing about times gone by, here we take a look at some of the best events going on this summer.
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It was 1993 that Lord March decided to host a hillclimb event in the grounds of his home in Sussex. Little did he know that it would grow into the Goodwood Festival of Speed – one of the biggest motoring events of the year. Today, 150,000 people visit the site for what is still a unique event.
The weekend, this year from June 30 to July 2, gives people a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most historic – and current – racing cars ever made; there are no sealed-off areas here.
And then there’s the spectacle of seeing those cars – from 1930s racers to current F1 cars – at full pelt up the famous hill. There’s plenty else going on too – including the moving motor show that gives punters the chance to drive the latest cars.
If full-on nostalgia is your thing, the Goodwood Revival from September 8-10 sees period dress encouraged for an immersive experience, while historic race cars – many of them worth millions of pounds, take to the track to recreate the golden times of 1950s and 1960s motorsport.
One of Scotland’s biggest motoring events returns to the SEC in Glasgow and is promising to be bigger, faster and louder. It will include cars, bikes, stunts and a new family friendly interactive driving area.
On offer will be everything from Formula 1 cars to rally cars, supercars to classics – as well as motorbikes and wacky and wonderful stuff.
And this year’s event will celebrate Scotland’s rallying heritage – it’s something fans won’t want to miss as Ari Vatanen, Miki Biasion, Timo Salonen and Stig Blomqvist, who have eight world championships between them, will bring their title-winning cars to the streets of the city.
The event is also launching an outdoor Ride and Drive Zone, which will offer off-road experiences, test drives, a chance for youngsters to get behind the wheel and the opportunity to try out electric motocross and trials bikes.
There will also be a host of family entertainment going on – including remote control drifting, simulators and gaming. And there will also be the chance to get up close to the cars in attendance at the Pit Lane Paddock and Tartan Tarmac Paddock.
It takes place between August 4-6.
Radio 2 DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans is behind this one – and it’s grown to become one of the biggest events of the summer.
It takes place in two locations – North is at Bosworth Castle in Cheshire while South is at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, owned by none other than F1 legend Jody Scheckter.
On offer are car exhibits and races, food and drinks, fun fair rides and live music featuring some big acts. There’s also a hillclimb event, car club displays, a vintage villages and a parade.
It’s all in a good cause too, with all proceeds going to Children in Need. The Cheshire event is from July 28-30, while the Hampshire show is from August 25-27.
The Big Welsh Car Show
This is one that’s most definitely for the whole family – and it’s all for a good cause too. The Big Welsh Car Show has a new venue for 2017 at Chepstow Racecourse.
There will be classic cars, crafts, food and music, as well as activities for kids. There will also be a funfair and the chance to have a go at circus skills.
The show, which takes place on September 17, will raise money for the charity Bloodwise, with every penny going to help those affected by blood cancer.
British Grand Prix
The British Grand Prix is held at the iconic Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire and these days it’s an extravaganza of a weekend. Drivers call it one of the fastest races on the calendar, but for punters it’s a weekend-long party.
As well as the on-track action there is plenty else going on, not least an impressive line-up of musical shows. The Friday night sees DJ Sara Cox host an 1980s DJ set, while Reef and The Hoosiers will headline the Saturday night concert and the RPJ Band will be playing at an after party following the race itself on the Sunday.
The Grand Prix weekend takes place between July 14 and 17.