If there’s one thing our team at White’s Bodyworks loves more than anything it’s a classic car meet. There are several of these taking place over the summer and, if you have a passion for cars, you should try to get yourself to at least one or two.
Here are some we have bookmarked over the next couple of months.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed features a variety of activities and attractions to suit the most ardent enthusiast. The big event is the famous hill climb, where participants race up a 1.16-mile course, showcasing their speed, skill and the power of their vintage vehicles. It’s a brilliant highlight for both drivers and spectators alike with an exhilarating experience as the cars roar past.
The festival also has exhibitions, displays, and demonstrations of historic and iconic vehicles throughout the ages. You can explore different areas of the Goodwood Festival dedicated to specific themes like Formula 1, rally racing, and a wider range of classic cars. You might also get the chance to meet famous drivers, purr over some legendary vehicles and learn about the latest innovations in the automotive industry.
It is not limited to cars, however. The festival also celebrates motorcycles, aviation, and other forms of motorsport. There should be some amazing stunt shows, aerial displays and historic aircraft flyovers, adding to the spectacle and excitement of the event.
In addition, there should be a great atmosphere with entertainment, food and drink vendors and a wide range of exhibitors showcasing automotive-related products and services.
The event takes place at the elegant Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Oxfordshire, England and focuses on the high-end classic car market. Blenheim Palace's stunning backdrop adds to the grandeur of Salon Privé, creating a unique setting for the display of exceptional automobiles and luxury brands that will make your eyes water.
Salon Privé also attracts high-profile guests, including car collectors, industry professionals, a good few celebrities as well as ordinary enthusiasts who appreciate the finer things in life. You’ll find a curated selection of rare and iconic cars, often featuring debuts and premieres of new models from luxury and supercar manufacturers.
One of the highlights of Salon Privé is the Concours d'Elegance, a prestigious competition that showcases meticulously restored classic cars and judges them based on their craftsmanship, historical significance and overall condition. It will give you the chance to view some of the most stunning vintage and classic automobiles from around the world.
Guests can also enjoy fine dining from renowned chefs, indulge in VIP hospitality, attend fashion shows and explore exhibits of luxury brands and lifestyle products, including watches, jewellery, fashion accessories, and even a few yachts. While it’s expensive to attend, it’s certainly a one-off experience that you’ll never forget if you’re a classic car fan.
Silverstone Festival is a three-day motor racing event held at the famous circuit in Northamptonshire. Essentially, it is a celebration of all things motorsport, with a wide range of events and activities taking place, including historic racing, live music, family fun and some amazing food.
Silverstone Festival is the largest historic motorsport event in the world and attracts over 100,000 spectators each year. You’ll find everything from classic Formula 1 cars to vintage touring cars to get your juices flowing.
In addition to some fun racing and entertainment, Silverstone Festival also features interactive displays giving visitors, especially the kids, the chance to learn more about motorsport.
The Old Ford Rally is the main event of the day and features a parade of classic Fords around the museum's test track. There are also several static displays, including a collection of Ford racing cars you can take a closer look at as well as a display of Ford vehicles from the world of film and television.
The Rootes Heritage part is a new addition to the event and celebrates classic Rootes Group vehicles, such as Hillmans, Humbers, and Sunbeams. There are also some static displays, including a collection of racing cars and some of the more famous vehicles from the past.
The event is a great opportunity for classic car enthusiasts to come together and celebrate their passion for these iconic vehicles and it’s always well attended. At just £14.50 it’s also one of the cheaper options if you’re going to a formal classic car event this summer.
If you own a classic car and are looking for a reliable garage to support your passion, contact the team at White’s Bodyworks today.