We might have said goodbye to 2018, but if you’re a motoring enthusiast, there’s still plenty of reasons to be cheerful. The year ahead is jam-packed with must-see events to help indulge your inner petrolhead.
Whether you’re a car show newbie or a seasoned veteran, there will be something out there for you. So, get your calendar at the ready and read Warranty Direct’s definitive guide to what we think are the best motoring events in 2019…
Mini Fair: Sunday 27th January
Getting our list underway is Mini Fair. Now in its 20th year, this extravaganza takes place at Staffordshire County Showground.
Expect thousands of people to attend this event to honour the classic Mini as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Key sessions not to be missed include the ‘Pride of Ownership’ where you can showcase your ‘pride and joy’ and the charity auction.
London Classic Car Show: 14th-17th February
Held at Excel London, this is a must-visit for any classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast.
The London Classic Car Show brings together the best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products; the best ingredients for a day of motoring entertainment.
At this year’s event, you’ll even be treated to a tribute to The Italian Job film, which turns 50 this year.
If you want to see some of the world’s finest classic cars up close and in tip-top condition, this show is unmissable!
Geneva Motor Show: 7th March-17th March
One of the most high-profile events in the automotive calendar, The Geneva Motor Show is always hotly anticipated by industry experts and members of the public alike.
It’s a hotspot where brands not only reveal updates to existing models, but also shine a spotlight on new models set to hit the UK market too.
This year (the 89th edition), TAG Heuer will be in attendance for a special exhibition paying tribute to the world of motorsport.
Le Mans 24 Hour: 15th– 16th June
Taking place at the renowned Circuit de la Sarthe, 2019 will be the 87th running of this legendary race which first took place in 1923.
With more than 260,000 spectators expected to be in attendance, Le Mans is perfect for adrenaline junkies and is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.
Goodwood Festival of Speed: 4th-7th July
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush closer to home, look no further than Goodwood. Described by some as ‘motorsport’s ultimate summer garden party’, it takes place in picturesque Chichester.
One of the world’s biggest and most famous motoring events, it’s an ideal opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most renowned cars, as well as celebrate the rich history of motorsport with thousands of likeminded enthusiasts.
Concours of Elegance: 6th-8th September
Taking place within the picturesque grounds of Hampton Court Palace, Concours of Elegance is a sophisticated event that boasts appearances from 60 of the finest cars ever made.
There’ll be no shortage of luxury super cars with manufacturers including Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin in attendance.
If you’re looking for a high-end experience, as well as an opportunity to ogle some of the world’s rarest cars, this is the event for you!
Classic Motor Show: 8th-10th November
Last but not least, we cap off our list with The Classic Motor Show. A mainstay of the NEC in Birmingham, this is one of the largest classic car shows of the year.
With over 2,000 classic cars on display, as well as hundreds of trade stands, there’s no shortage of things to explore…and purchase!
Attended by some of the UK’s largest car clubs, it’s also a great opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the most knowledgeable motor-heads.
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