Summer is the best time of year for car events. The sun is shining, the rain is often far away, and the sound of engines roaring is the perfect harmony in the warm air. Whether you love the speed of the Grand Prix at Silverstone, want the perfect combination of cars and music at CarFest, or are looking for the perfect hill climb event, there’s an event this summer for you.
So, if you’re a car lover and want to get involved with all the different automobile gatherings this summer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of some of the biggest and best summer automobile events.
The British Grand Prix
Taking place on the 14th July, the British Grand Prix is a staple in the annual automobile event calendar. It has been hosted at Silverstone since 1955 and for good reason – not only was it the most attended F1 event in the 2018 race calendar, but it’s also a circuit that the drivers love, which makes for an exciting race!
Tickets do come up pricey, but you’re sure to not be disappointed – take a look at what’s still available here – they’re well worth every penny, especially considering the multi-team battle shaping up on the circuits already this season between Lewis Hamilton, our home driver, his teammate Valterri Bottas and the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. You wouldn’t want to miss that!
Goodwood Festival of Speed
From the 4th to the 7th July, 1.16-mile run-up to the Duke of Richmond’s driveway will host a fantastic selection of incredible machines; classic and modern cars, production cars, old and new race cars, and motorcycles will all take their turn to race the hill climb.
But, there’s not only the hill climb to enjoy. The grounds will also host a variety of exhibitors, including the FutureLab where you can explore brand new technological advances, and, for the first time ever this year, there will be a drift area where you can watch drift cars and stunt bikes rip through the turf.
Get involved with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, whose theme this year is “Record Breakers”, and buy your tickets here.
Do you want an event that’s perfect for families and marries music together with the excitement of a car show? Look no further than the two CarFest festivals taking place across the UK this summer: CarFest North on the 26th – 28th July and CarFest South on the 23rd – 25th August.
They’re going to be action-packed weekends, with everything from a range of historic, movie, classic and supercars, to live music acts from Jools Holland and the Human League. Dine on cuisine created by celebrity chefs and feel good about the fact that every penny that’s spent at either festival will go to Children in Need and other children’s charities.
Want to attend? Check out ticket availability here.
British Touring Car Championship
Another big event on the 2019 car calendar, the British Touring Car Championship comes into its own in the summer with five meetings at four different venues across the UK during May, June, July and August.
There’s a packed itinerary at every event too, with three Sunday BTCC races joined by Ginetta, Renault Clio, Porsche Carrera and Formula 4 races during the day as well. Here’s where the events will be taking place:
- Thruxton has already hosted one championship round and will be hosting another on the 17th – 18th August.
- Croft race circuit will host one on the 15th – 16th June.
- Oulton Park will host the championship on the 29th – 30th June.
- Snetterton will be the home for the weekend of the 3rd – 4th August.
Find out more about this popular event here.
When Silverstone isn’t the home to the British Grand Prix, that doesn’t mean it’s empty. There’s still plenty happening on this circuit in the summer months, and one of those events is the Silverstone Classic on the 26th – 28th July.
Delivering a packed weekend of historic motor racing, the Silverstone Classic focuses on several categories. Many classic cars will be well represented on the track; you’ll see pre-1966 Grand Prix cars and GT cars, an Aston Martin Heritage race, and a Touring Car challenge, among many other categories.
Not to mention, as with many automobile events in 2019, they’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Mini. So, grab your tickets and come and see some of the best classic racing in the UK.
That’s not all…
If none of the above events take your fancy, or you’re looking for even more ways to get your car-fix this summer, there’s so many more events to visit and mark off in your diary. Look out for the Peugeot Festival 2019, Classic Nostalgia and the London Concours in June, and the VW Festival and the Mountune Ford Fair in August. If you fall in love with a new car while at one of the events this summer and need some extra cash to fund your new purchase, why not look into scrapping your old car with Scrap Car Comparison. We source the best price for your vehicle from our network of buyers and will even transport your old car for free. Click here to find out more and get a quote for your old car.