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Confirmed or cancelled? Your guide to 2020’s motoring events

Best motoring events 2020

The spring motoring events calendar has been thrown up in the air due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. 

Organisers of events for car enthusiasts are already postponing events or announcing rescheduled dates.

Here, we aim to highlight some of the UK’s biggest and best car shows and motorsport events of the year, along with any revised dates as they are announced. 

We’ll be updating the list as more news comes in, so be sure to bookmark this page. Get in touch if you’d like us to add a motoring event you’re organising, or revise the detalis listed.

Techno-Classica Essen – NEW DATE 24-28 June

Techno-Classica Essen

Techno-Classica Essen is a European classic car show with a global reputation, with around 1,250 exhibitors from 30 countries. In 2019, the event attracted 190,000 visitors from 46 different nations. Essen is a four- to five-hour drive from Calais, and has now become a summertime event.

Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show – POSTPONED

Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show brings together 1,000+ cars, 150+ car clubs and 250+ exhibitors and autojumblers. Highlights include the UK’s biggest ‘barn-find’ display, the Practical Classics Live Stage and the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition. 

Organisers say they are working with the NEC to find a new date for the show. 

Goodwood 78th Members’ Meeting – POSTPONED

Goodwood Members' Meeting

Originally scheduled for 28-29 March, organisers of the 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting have announced the event is postponed. It is hoped to run it later in the year. The Bonhams auction due to take place will still run, albeit behind closed doors. 

BTCC, Donington – first THREE rounds POSTPONED

BTCC

Organisers have announced the start of the 2020 BTCC “must now be delayed and we therefore advise the postponement of our first three events:

  • Donington Park (March 28/29)
  • Brands Hatch (April 11/12) 
  • Silverstone (April 25/26)

“Our firm intention is to run the full season of 10 events and we will work closely with the circuits and our stakeholders in order to reschedule new dates for all postponed events.”

Drive It Day – 26 April

Drive It Day

On Sunday 26 April, thousands of classic cars will take to the road for the annual Drive It Day. First introduced by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs in 2005, the date is as close as possible to the anniversary of the 1,000 Mile Trial – an event that saw vintage motor cars drive from London to Edinburgh and back.

April Scramble, Bicester Heritage – NEW DATE 21 June

April Scramble

The Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble began as a ‘cars and coffee’ get-together but has grown to become one of the country’s biggest motoring events. You’ve missed the first Sunday Scramble of the year, and now the planned April event has been rescheduled for 21 June.

Fully Charged Live – NEW DATE 30 November-1 October

Fully Charged Live Farnborough 2020

Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged Live, Britain’s biggest electric car show, has outgrown its base at Silverstone. For 2020, the EV event will move to Farnborough International, with the organisers planning to show every electric vehicle available in the UK. More than 150 exhibitors are set to attend the show during its revised autumn date.

Donington Historic Festival – 1-3 May

Donington Historic Festival

At the time of writing, the timetable for the 2020 Donington Historic Festival hasn’t been announced, but if previous events are anything to go by, this is a must-visit event for fans of historic motorsport. ‘Early bird’ tickets are available until the end of January.

Japfest – 3 May

Japfest

Europe’s biggest Japanese car show is back at Silverstone for 2020. You can expect spectacular drifting displays, around 4,000 Japanese cars of all ages and a thriving car club culture. Organisers have recently confirmed plans are still for the event to go ahead, despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

Monaco Historic Grand Prix – 8-10 May

The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (or Monaco Historic Grand Prix) takes place every other year. This year marks the 12th edition of the prestigious event, which includes seven races representing seven eras of motorsport. Cars from 1946 to 1980 will be on the track, with the races named after a key driver from each era.

Gaydon Land Rover Show – 9-10 May

Hundreds of Land Rovers will be on display at the Gaydon Land Rover Show in May. Owners can enter their vehicle for just £8, giving entry to display the Land Rover, as well as admitting the driver and one passenger to enter the show for the weekend. The event is held at the British Motor Museum, which is five minutes from junction 12 of the M40.

MotoFest Coventry – 6-7 June

MotoFest Coventry is ‘a unique blend of motorsport demonstrations, static displays, live music and anything else with a connection to Coventry and transport’. Brilliantly, Coventry’s ring road becomes a sprint circuit for the weekend, creating one of the best spectacles of the motoring calendar.

Classic & Performance Car Spectacular – 6-7 June

Classic and Performance Car Spectacular

Tatton Park, Cheshire, is the venue for the Classic & Performance Car Spectacular on 6 and 7 June. Around 2,000 cars will be on display, along with 250 stalls and 90+ clubs. If you miss this one, Tatton Park will also play host to a Classic American show in July and a ‘Passion for Power’ show in August.

Land Rover Legends – 6-7 June

Land Rover Legends

The third edition of Land Rover Legends moves to Thruxton on 6 and 7 June. The event will celebrate 50 years of the Range Rover and the 40th anniversary of the UK launch of the V8-powered Stage 1 109. Nominations are now open for the National Land Rover Awards 2020, the winners of which will be chosen at the event.

The Isle of Man TT– CANCELLED

The Isle of Man TT

The fastest road race on the planet was due to get underway on Saturday 6 June, with qualifying scheduled for Sunday 31 May. Sadly, the Island’s chief minister has now decladed the 2020 event to be cancelled: we won’t be seeing world’s bravest riders test their mettle on the formidable 37.73-mile course this year.

London Concours – 10-11 June

London Concours

Billed as the ‘ultimate automotive summer garden party’ London Concours takes place at the Honourable Artillery Company, in the heart of the city. Around 130 high-end classics and supercars were on show last year, from the ‘Beast of Turin’ to the latest Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Tickets for the 2020 event are on sale now, priced from £40.

Le Mans 24 Hours – 13-14 June

Le Mans 24 Hours

The 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours will take place on 13-14 June. Qualifying begins on 10 June and Le Mans is located less than three hours from the ferry terminals at Cherbourg, St-Malo and Le Havre. Organisers say they will make a final announcement on the fate of the 2020 event by 13 April. 

MG Live – 13-14 June

MG Live

Organised by the MG Car Club, MG Live is the world’s biggest event for MG owners. This year’s show takes place in mid-June at Silverstone and some 3,000 MGs are expected to be on display. At the time of writing, the dates are provisional.

Bath Festival of Motoring – 20-21 June

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Last year’s Bath Festival of Motoring played host to 500 cars and around 6,000 visitors. The organisers are promising an extensive programme of parades, exhibitions, demonstrations and supercar rides. Head to the Walcot Rugby Ground in June.

Bromley Pageant – 21 June

The Bromley Pageant is one of the world’s largest one-day classic car shows, with more than 3,000 vehicles expected to be on display in Kent. Be there, or be somewhere else.

Yorkshire Motorsport Festival – 26-28 June

Julia Bradbury Yorkshire Motorsport Festival

The organisers of the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival say they hope to offer northern motorsport enthusiasts ‘something new and different’, At the heart of the event is a closed-road hillclimb just outside Holmfirth, with drivers of pre-1978 cars invited to enter. There’s also a ‘Northern Concours d‘Elegance’, lawnmower racing and a display of supercars. The event host is former Top Gear presenter Julia Bradbury.

Goodwood Festival of Speed – 9-12 July

Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 1993, Lord March hosted a hillclimb in the grounds of Goodwood House in Sussex and created the Festival of Speed. It has grown to become one of the world’s biggest and most famous motoring events, but the hillclimb remains central to its appeal. Tickets are available now, with prices from £42.

British Grand Prix – 17-19 July

British Grand Prix

According to Silverstone, 90 percent of fans in 2018 and 2019 rated the British Grand Prix ‘very enjoyable‘ – the highest satisfaction score for any F1 GP circuit in a post-event survey of attendees. If you want to see what the fuss is about, Lewis Hamilton and friends will be in Northamptonshire in July.

Auto Royale – 17-19 July

Auto Royale Althorp is “a true ‘festivalised’ event which will attract the very affluent and high net worth collectors along with ABC1 owners and enthusiasts of the automotive lifestyle”. Up to 150 cars from Britain and overseas will compete for a range of traditional class awards, special celebration awards and the coveted Best in Show.

Classics on the Common – 22 July

For one Wednesday every July, Harpenden is invaded by classic cars as it plays host to the UK’s largest weekday car show. Classics on the Common takes place on our doorstep, so we’ll be there to bring you the most interesting cars from the event. Come and say hello.

CarFest North – 24-26 July

CarFest North

CarFest North takes place at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire, where you can expect to find the usual mix of music, cars and family fun. BBC Children in Need will receive 50 percent of the total profits, with a number of other charities also benefiting from the proceeds.

Festival of the Unexceptional – 25 July

Festival of the Unexceptional

This year’s Festival of the Unexceptional will be held on 25 July at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. Owners of unexceptional cars of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s are invited to register for consideration from 14 February. The more mundane the better.

Silverstone Classic – 31 July – 2 August

Silverstone Classic

To some people, this is one of the highlights of the motoring calendar – a three-day, non-stop historic motoring racing extravaganza. Once in, there’s free access to the paddocks and grandstands, with displays from more than 100 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars. ‘Early bird’ tickets are available until 31 March.

Ford Fair – 9 August

Ford Fair

Ford Fair is Europe’s biggest Ford event, with around 4,000 cars and 18,000 guests expected to flood Silverstone. You can expect the usual mix of showroom-quality vehicles, sprint tests and track time.

Ultimate Street Car – 7-9 August

Ultimate Street Car

Ultimate Street Car (USC) at Santa Pod Raceway is the ‘largest, loudest, hottest and fastest modified car festival in Europe’. Expect drifting, stunt displays, drag racing, music and tyre smoke. Lots and lots of tyre smoke.

CarFest South – 28-30 August

CarFest South

CarFest South is like CarFest North, just further south. So, you can expect more of the same, only this time at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire, at the end of August.

Salon Prive – 3-6 September

Salon Prive

Salon Prive is a motoring event for fans of superlatives. ‘The most luxurious of garden parties set against the backdrop of Britain’s greatest palace (Blenheim Palace). Presenting the finest collection of supercars, hypercars and classic cars, along with a luxury retail village and exquisite cuisine, it is a truly unique experience’. Tickets are priced accordingly…

Concours of Elegance – 4-6 September

Concours of Elegance

The Concours of Elegance 2020 will take place at Hampton Court Palace in September, with 60 of the rarest cars ever built lining up in the Fountain Gardens. Many of the entrants will also take part in a two-day driving tour in the days running up to the main event.

Beaulieu International Autojumble – 5-6 September

Beaulieu

If rummaging for oily car parts is your idea of a dirty weekend, the International Autojumble is the event for you. Some 2,000 stands are expected to fill the grounds of the Beaulieu Motor Museum, making it the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic.

Goodwood Revival – 11-13 September

Goodwood Revival

Step back in time at the Goodwood Revival. Visitors are encouraged to dress in period clothing at this event celebrating the golden era of motorsport. Tickets are available now and you’re advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Simply British Classics – 20 September

Simply British Classics

Two new events have been added to Beaulieu’s ‘Simply’ range of motoring events. Simply British Classics takes place on 20 September, while Simply BMW is a couple of months earlier on 19 July. There are other events throughout the year, including Simply Ford, Simply Land Rover and Simply Japanese.

Truckfest – 3-4 October

Truckfest

The TruckFest calendar draws to a close at the Newark and Notts Showground in October, but there are seven other opportunities to get your trucking fix. The TruckFest year kicks off at the East of England showground in May, before rolling into Wolsingham, Malvern, Edinburgh, Kent, Shepton Mallet and Knutsford.

Wales Rally GB – 29 October – 1 November

Wales Rally GB

The 12th round of the FIA World Rally Championship drops in on Wales in October and November. Wales Rally GB takes place over four days of competition and each day is divided into a number of ‘Special Stages’.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – 1 November

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

This year’s London to Brighton run takes place on 1 November, with veteran cars arriving at London’s Hyde Park before sunrise. From there, they will set off for the 60-mile journey to Brighton. Any car registered before 1 January 1905 is eligible to do the run.

Classic Motor Show – 13-15 November

Classic Motor Show

If you’re looking for a reason to keep your classic on the road over winter, this could be it. The Classic Motor Show is held at the Birmingham NEC, where more than 3,000 classics are expected to go on display in an area the size of 18 football pitches.

Please get in touch if you’d like to see your event included in our next update. Happy motoring.

Events you’ve missed: save the date for next year! 

Haynes Breakfast Club – 2 February

Haynes breakfast club

Car fans in the South and South West will be converging on the Haynes Motor Museum for the second Breakfast Club of the year. The museum, which is located just off the A303 in Somerset, is home to around 400 cars, while the cafe opens at 8.30am on Breakfast Club Sundays. These events are free to attend and held on the first Sunday of each month.

Retromobile – 5-9 February

Retromobile 2020

Retromobile is held in the largest and most prestigious hall at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Paris – a location befitting an event of this stature. This year, the show will celebrate Aston Martin, the Volkswagen Combi and the fabulous Automotoclub Storico Italiano Bertone collection.

Great Western Classic Car Show – 8-9 February

Great Western Classic Car Show

The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show is the biggest event of its kind in the South West of England, with thousands of car enthusiasts converging on the Royal Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet.

Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show – 18-23 February

Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show is the largest showcase of motorhomes, campervans, caravans, caravan holidays and lodges in the UK. The latest 2020 touring caravans and motorhomes will be on display, along with a Camping Zone and a display of electric ride-ons. Head to Birmingham’s NEC if caravans are your thing.

London Classic Car Show – 20-23 February

London Classic Car Show

The London Classic Car Show is moving to a new venue at Olympia London. The four-day event will celebrate 40 years of the Audi Quattro, with five examples of the legendary car on display in the capital. The show will also introduce a new Car Stories feature, which celebrates six of the world’s most iconic vehicles. On display this year will be the Porsche 962C, Lotus 49 and Maserati 250F.

Race Retro – 21-23 February

Race Retro

At the end of February, all motorsport roads will lead to Stoneleigh Park for the Race Retro international historic motorsport show. Highlights include a live rally stage, ‘arrive and drive a classic car’, Pride of the Paddock and a Silverstone Auctions sale.

Porsche 962C

The London Classic Car Show 2020 preview

Porsche 962C

The London Classic Car Show gets underway this Thursday at Olympia. Around 500 classic cars worth more than £70 million will be on display, including the five Audi quattros we showcased last week.

Needless to say, we’ll be there with our cameras, so stay tuned for exclusive images and videos hitting your screens later this week. In the meantime, what can you expect to find at The London Classic Car Show? Here are some reasons why this is a show you won’t want to miss.

But before all that, it’s worth noting that The London Classic Car Show has a new home. From its former base at ExceL, the show, which is now in its sixth year, has moved to Olympia London in Kensington.

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Bas Bungish, The London Classic Car Show event director, said: “The new central location, in the heart of one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, is the fitting place to appreciate and honour these fantastic machines.

”Our move to Olympia London allows us to offer an improved and accessible premium platform for our valued exhibitors, and an even better experience for those travelling from across the UK.”

New for 2020: Car Stories

Bond DB5 Goldfinger

Car Stories is a new carefully curated feature. Hosted by classic car expert Max Girado, Car Stories tells the stories of famous cars, with the help of some equally famous names from the automotive world. Ian Callum, Adrian Newey and Tiff Needell are just three of the experts on hand to provide the knowledge.

For 2020, the featured cars are:

  • Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation
  • Aston Zagato
  • Aston Martin Vanquish 25
  • Audi Quattro Sport
  • Duesenberg Model J
  • Lotus 49
  • Maserati 250F
  • Porsche 962C

50 years of Range Rover

Range Rover London Classic Car Show

Eight of the marque’s luxury SUVs will be on display, each one representing key moments in Range Rover’s history. Exhibits include one of the ‘Reborn’ models – a two-door Range Rover restored to factory condition using only Land Rover Classic Parts and original components.

The list in full:

  • Range Rover Classic ‘Reborn’ (1974)
  • Range Rover Vogue LSE (1994)
  • Range Rover P38 Holland and Holland Edition (2000)
  • Range Rover L322 (2011)
  • Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic (2019)
  • Range Rover Evoque (2019)
  • Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography (2019)
  • Range Rover Sport SVR (2020)

“Range Rover isn’t just one of Britain’s most iconic car brands, it has successfully evolved over the past 50 years to stay at the forefront of the luxury SUV market. We are delighted to have eight of these vehicles on display at the show as we celebrate this special half century anniversary,” said Bas Bungish.

Coys at Olympia auction

London Classic Car Show

On Saturday 22 February, The London Classic Car Show will play host to the Coys at Olympia auction. There are around 60 classics going under the hammer, including a 1978 Ford Escort MkII and an Alfa Romeo Montreal.

There’s also a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi with just 211 miles on the clock. Supplied new to a ‘notable international royal family’, it was kept as part of a collection and never driven. It’s expected to fetch between £400,000 and £500,000.

Alternatively, a 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder is likely to sell for anything up to £900,000. In many ways, it’s coming home, as the rare Maserati was produced for the 1970 London Motor Show.

Click here for a full list of consignments.

From Becks to Benz

LCCS David Beckham Aston Martin

If that’s not enough, The London Classic Show will also play host to an Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage Volante formerly owned by David Beckham. Joining Beckham’s Aston is a Jaguar XK120 commissioned by David Gandy and completed in 2019.

Also on show will be a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, the first of its kind to ever be sold and delivered to the UK. It has an extremely low mileage, having covered just over 36,000 miles, and is expected to fetch in the region of £1.3 million.

Tickets for The London Classic Show

Advance tickets for The London Classic Car Show start from £25 per adult, £20 per child (6-16) and £75 per family (two adults, two children). Entry for children under the age of six years is free.

Premium tickets for Thursday’s preview evening, where an industry personality will be honoured with the show’s Icon Award, start at £75, with premium options also available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

How to get to Olympia

Kensington (Olympia) is on the London overground network, with the exhibition hall located directly next to the station. The following bus routes also stop within walking distance of the venue: 9, 23, 27, 28, 49 and 391.

There’s also a car park, but you’re advised to pre-book your parking space. Parking for a car costs £29.50 and can be booked here.

If you can’t make it The London Classic Car Show, here are some other great motoring events of 2020.

Where can you see the Coca-Cola Christmas lorry?

Coca-Cola Christmas lorry

It’s official: the holidays are coming. The chances are, your children will be wondering when the Coca-Cola Christmas lorry will be rolling into a town near you.

The tour got underway last week, with the big red lorry visiting Edinburgh and Cardiff.

This week, the Coca-Cola lorry will be in Taunton, Newcastle upon Tyne and Bristol, before continuing on its nationwide tour.

Not everyone is pleased to see the Christmas truck. Last week, a waste company slammed the Coca-Cola lorry, labelling it “completely unnecessary”.

It’s the ninth year of the Christmas tour, with the lorry making 19 stops in 2019. The stops will be open from 12pm until 7pm unless stated otherwise.

Coca-Cola Christmas lorry tour locations 2019

Ban the Coca-Cola Christmas truck

Edinburgh: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November

  • 32 Newcraighall Rd, Edinburgh, EH15 3RD

Cardiff: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November

  • 49 The Hayes, St David’s Dewi Sant, Cardiff, CF10 2ER (Open 11:30am to 6:30pm)

Taunton: Tuesday 19 November

  • Asda, Creechbarrow Rd, Taunton, TA1 2AN

Newcastle upon Tyne: Thursday 21 November

  • Asda Boldon, North Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Boldon Colliery NE35 9AR

Leeds: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November

  • White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds, LS11 8LU

Bristol: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November

  • Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5DG

Leeds: Wednesday 27 November

  • Asda, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 6AR

Portsmouth: Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November

  • Whiteley Shopping Centre, Portsmouth, PO15 7PD

Gainsborough: Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November

  • Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA

Manchester: Monday 2 December

  • Asda Eastlands, Manchester, M11 4BD

London: Monday 3 December

  • Asda, Leyton Mill, London, E10 5NH

Watford: Wednesday 4 December

  • Asda, Watford, London, WD24 7RT

Manchester: Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December

  • Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA

Dudley: Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December

  • Intu Merry Hill, Dudley, DY5 1QX

London: Tuesday 10 December

  • Sainsbury’s Beckton, London, E6 6JF

Basildon: Wednesday 11 December

  • Sainsbury’s Cricketers Retail Park, Cricketers Way, Basildon, SS13 1SA

Liverpool: Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December

  • Events Square, Cheshire Oaks, Liverpool, CH65 9JJ

London: Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December

  • Intu Lakeside, London, RM20 2ZP

London: Sunday 15 December

  • 02 Arena, London, SE10 0DX

Dates and times are subject to change, so visit the Coca-Cola website for more information.

 

CarFest South 2019: everything you need to know

CarFest South 2019 is underway

This year’s double whammy of Chris Evans’ CarFest continues apace this Bank Holiday weekend, with the southern edition taking place from Friday 23 August until Sunday 25 August.

Here’s our whistle-stop guide to CarFest South 2019.

CarFest: general info

Chris Evans

This is the seventh year that CarFest, the brainchild of Chris Evans to raise money for BBC Children in Need, has run. It might surprise you to note that it’s not all about cars, too. There’s plenty for music and food lovers to enjoy.

CarFest North has already taken place, in Chester, while CarFest South is underway in Overton in Hampshire. It’s held at 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Park Farm, which is famous for its buffalo mozzarella. 

The website refers to CarFest as “a place to have a great time doing great things. It’s about making more marvellous memories for families”. A Google reviewer referred to it as “Radio 2 in a field” in his five-star review, so take that how you will…

How do I get to CarFest?

CarFest South is actually something you can search for on Google maps. Generally speaking, heading towards Basingstoke is a good place to start. That means heading westbound on the M3 from London, south on the A34 from Oxford or eastbound on the A303 if you’re coming from Devon or Cornwall.

What’s on at CarFest?

CarFest 2019

As above. Cars, music and food, and lots of it. From the latest supercars, to historic racers, and everything in between, there’s plenty for car lovers. Of course there is – it wouldn’t be CarFest if there wasn’t.

Auto Trader, a headline sponsor for the event, will this year be showcasing a range of winners from this year’s New Car Awards.

The new Starfest stage will feature appearances from celebrities such as Rob Brydon, Roger Daltrey, Rick Astley, Ricky Wilson and Sharleen Spiteri amongst others.

There’s also the ‘Clubfest’ stage for the clubbers among you, plus ‘Carfeast’, which features the CarFest pub, as well as a chocolate factory and daily street parties with lots to cook and eat.

“We’ll be celebrating the joy of feasting together as a family. It’s about cooking together, eating together, creating recipes together, drinking together and celebrating together at the Street Party.”

CarFest essentials: what to pack

  • A tent, if you’re camping
  • Bottled water, and lots of it
  • Sun cream – the weekend is projected to be hot!
  • A camera, to capture all the fun
  • A smartphone, to share your experience on social media

Are you heading there? Use the comments section to let us know what you thought of CarFest 2019. And be sure to read our guide to the best motoring events of 2019.

Watch: CarFest South 2018

Caffeine & Machine opening weekend

Caffeine & Machine is the buzzing new retreat for petrolheads

Caffeine & Machine opening weekendCaffeine and Machine is a new coffee house, bar, restaurant and B&B that celebrates cars and motorcycles in the most unashamedly passionate way – and proof that petrolheads are already embracing the concept has come from the crowds flocking to its opening weekend. 

Located in Ettington, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Caffeine and Machine has seen a local B&B and restaurant , The Houndshill, transformed into a destination for enthusiasts of every persuasion. Everyone is welcome, nothing is frowned upon: “No judgement, no sneering, no worries.”

The main house has been fully redeveloped in an exhaustive (and high end) refurbishment, and the grounds remodelled to be car- and motorcycle-friendly. Supercar friendly at that, judging by the number of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches who were there for the opening day.

Caffeine & Machine opening weekend

Outside, a huge marquee tent supplies the caffeine to complement the machines, fuelling what will surely be regular ‘cars and coffee’ meets at the site in months and years to come. Non-drivers could grab a beer from the main house, and the Caffeine and Machine Roadhouse cooked up food that the owners say will have “even die-hard foodies coming back”. I can vouch for how amazing the burgers looked. 

Motoring journalist and TV star Tom Ford is one of the partners in the project led by successful businessman Phil McGovern. On the opening day, he was busy. “I don’t know where to put them all!” he said, as another Ferrari and another Lamborghini turned up on site. With a look of delight, he agreed it was a nice problem to have.

Caffeine & Machine opening weekend

Caffeine and Machine is already on the map, judging by the crowds in attendance, the full car parks, the breathtaking variety of cars that turned up, the dozens of cars parked on the verge outside and in the lanes surrounding the site. The Ace Cafe of the Midlands? The Goodwood of the north? It will be fascinating to see how it develops. 

Having visited it, I can say excitement that everything Caffeine & Machine speaks of on its website appears to be true. I can’t wait to go back. Be sure to visit when you can, and look out for an events calendar to come at some point. It’s everything an unashamed petrolhead like me loves, and I’m certain you’ll feel the same.

“Caffeine and Machine offers everything you expect from a modern member’s club – except you don’t have to be a member to enjoy it”, say the owners. Nailed it: bravo, guys.

Where is Caffeine & Machine? 

In pictures: Caffeine & Machine

Opinion: every town needs a car show as awesome as this

Bristol Queen Square car meet

What’s your favourite kind of car event? I used to be a regular visitor to classic car shows, but always found them a bit stuffy. Local ones often featured the same cars, parked up with their owners sat behind on chairs and told they absolutely must not move their vehicles before 5pm when the great unwashed have left. And, of course, there are the exorbitant fees charged for entry and, once you’re inside, you’re restricted to on-site catering, which will turn a visit to a local show into an expensive day out.

We’ve held a few Retro Live events now which, I think, hit the spot well – formalities kept to a minimum, nothing more than a few hours of car chat on a Sunday morning and breakfast provided. But this Sunday, blurry-eyed after an evening of Eurovision excess, I was dragged along to Bristol’s Queen Square where I was promised a few cool cars would be meeting up for an event like no other. And it was brilliant.

A modified Fiat Uno Turbo rubbed shoulders with a Lamborghini Murcielago, while spectators gathered to watch cars coming and going. There was no strict organisation, no requirements about what constitutes a car worthy of displaying. Arrive when you like, leave when you like. Police were on hand in case anyone got carried away (a few couldn’t resist using a little too much throttle when leaving), but most were well behaved.

My personal favourites included a Guards Red Porsche 944, driven by a middle-aged lady who almost looked like she’d stumbled into the show by accident (a possibility, as it’s held on deserted public roads). A Bond Bug prompted smiles all round, while a man with a Tesla moved it back and forth along the Queen Square cobbles using an app on his phone.

My only concern about the event is that it appears to be teetering on the edge of being a victim of its own success. Friends who are regular visitors tell me it used to be much smaller and more exclusive, and didn’t need a police presence to keep things sensible. Based on that, I’m not going to tell you when the next one is. You’ll have to go and find out.

Tell us about your favourite car events in the comments section below.

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The best motoring events of 2017

The best motoring events of 2017

January: a time for planning. And car fans will be pleased to hear there is no shortage of motoring events on the agenda for 2017. Why not grab a brew, your shiny new calendar and join us for a look at what we have to look forward to this year?

Ace Cafe German Night (6 February)

If you’re a car enthusiast and have never been to an event at London’s Ace Cafe, make it your resolution to change that in 2017. The historic transport cafe, located on London’s North Circular, plays host to regular themed evenings. The German Night is a must for Mercedes and BMW enthusiasts.

London Classic Car Show, Excel (23 – 26 February)

If classic cars are more your thing, you don’t have to wait long until the London Classic Car Show, held at the Excel in February. The central Grand Avenue will feature more than 50 classic cars in action every day, while a special display will celebrate 70 years of Ferrari road cars.

Race Retro, Stoneleigh (24 – 26 February)

Those who like to see classic race cars being used as their maker intended should head to Warwickshire for Race Retro. Highlights include an auction of historic cars, interviews with legendary racing drivers and, of course, a live rally stage.

Retro Classics, Stuttgart, Germany (2 – 5 March)

Retro Classics, Stuttgart, Germany (2 - 5 March)

Looking for an excuse to travel further afield? Stuttgart hosts Retro Classics, one of the biggest classic motor shows in the world. There’s something for everyone, say organisers, from exotic Maseratis to motorbikes, and even a timeline of European local buses from 1950 to 1955.

Geneva Motor Show (9 – 19 March)

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events on our calendar – we attend every year to bring you the latest concept and production cars on display in Switzerland’s second biggest city. But you don’t need to be a journalist to attend the Geneva Motor Show, it opens its doors to the public from 9 March, allowing you to get up close with the latest reveals. It makes for a fantastic road trip.

Ultimate Dubs (12 March)

From Geneva to… Telford. Ultimate Dubs is the UK’s largest indoor VW Group event, catering for modified Volkswagens, Audis, SEATs and Skodas. If slammed VW Golfs and Audi TTs with more attitude than a bored teenager are your thing, Ultimate Dubs is the ultimate place to be in March.

BTCC season launch, Donington (16 March)

Where else can you see names such as Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato hammering souped-up road cars on tracks around the UK? The 2017 British Touring Car Championship kicks off at Donington in March.

Goodwood Members’ Meeting, Goodwood (18 – 19 March)

Goodwood Members’ Meeting, Goodwood (18 - 19 March)

The exclusive Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a weekend of motor racing, enjoyed only by members or a small number of lucky ticket holders. By keeping attendance down, spectators can enjoy motorsport with limited crowds. Alternatively, watch it unfold online.

Brooklands Mini Day (19 March)

Brooklands is a historic venue and always worth a visit – but its special Mini Day in March is unmissable for fans of Britain’s favourite pocket-sized car. Drivers of modern MINIs are welcome too.

Great Escape Cars & Coffee, Redditch (26 March)

The best classic car events can involve little more than getting a gathering of enthusiasts (and their motors), giving them coffee and letting them chat cars. Hire firm Great Escape Cars lets enthusiasts do just that – and donates £1 to charity for every classic that turns up.

Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, NEC, Birmingham (31 March – 2 April)

The Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show is a relatively new addition to the calendar, but 19,000 enthusiasts headed to the NEC for the show in 2016. This year, it promises more than 800 cars on display – from restored classics to neglected barn finds. Adult tickets start at £16 in advance.

The Fast Show, Santa Pod (2 April)

The Fast Show, Santa Pod (2 April)

If your idea of a car show is a village green full of MGBs and, at a push, a beer tent, The Fast Show at Santa Pod probably isn’t for you. It involves an open ‘run what ya brung’ drag strip sessions, a nightclub in the evening and even dancing girls.

Techno Classica, Essen, Germany (5 – 9 April)

The five-day-long Techno Classica show at Essen, Germany, is a must for British classic car fans who’ve outgrown our own shows. It attracts nearly 200,000 visitors from around the world.

Top Marques, Monaco (20 – 23 April)

The Fast Show this is not. Top Marques is held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, and allows visitors to get up close to the world’s hottest supercars. Demonstrations take place on the iconic F1 racetrack and, if you’re a serious supercar buyer, you might even be able to take some test drives.

Drive It Day (23 April)

Drive It Day is a nationwide thing, introduced by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) to encourage classic car owners to drive their cars. It’s held in spring every year – giving enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to get their cars on the road after winter. Events are held all over the country, including at Beaulieu, Brooklands and Gaydon.

Auto Italia – Italian Car Day, Brooklands (29 April)

Auto Italia – Italian Car Day, Brooklands (29 April)

Back to Brooklands, these time for Auto Italia’s fabulous Italian Car Day. Visitors in Italian cars – whether it’s a Fiat or Ferrari – get to park in a special area, while fans can enjoy track demonstrations.

Japfest, Silverstone (30 April)

Meanwhile, over at Silverstone, Japanese car nuts can enjoy the enormous Japfest event. Watch drifting demos, take part in club line-ups and even get out on track. There’s even a show and shine for those who like to keep their motors in mint condition.

Truckfest, Peterborough (30 April – 1 May)

And now for something a bit different. For one weekend, the East of England showground becomes the country’s biggest truck park – with more than 2,000 lorries heading along the A1 to take part. You don’t have to be a trucker to attend, with adult visitor tickets starting at £17.50.

National Kit Car Motor Show, Stoneleigh (30 April – 1 May)

If you like your cars to be of the DIY variety, the National Kit Car Show at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire is a must. From have-a-go opportunities to live music and hundreds of trade stands, there’s plenty for the casual fan as well as the serious kit car enthusiast.

London Motor Show (5 – 7 May)

London Motor Show (5 - 7 May)

After a number of years without a motor show in the UK, the London Motor Show returned last year. And it’s back for 2017 – hosted at Battersea Park, with celebrity guests including Jodie Kidd and former Stig Ben Collins likely to put in appearances.

Mille Miglia (18 – 21 May)

The original Mille Miglia race took place between 1927 and 1957, but has been brought back since 1977. The thousand-mile event crosses Italy and is only open to cars made before 1957 that participated in the original race. While most of us aren’t lucky enough to own such a car, it’s worth a trip to see the spectacle of such exotic motors being put through the challenge.

London to Brighton Mini Run (20 – 21 May)

Who doesn’t like a Mini? The London to Brighton Mini Run takes place every year, with 2,100 Minis old and new taking part in the event. At Madeira Drive in Brighton, there’s a line-up of all the entrants, plus a live action arena featuring autotest demos and stunt bike displays.

Worthersee, Austria (24 – 27 May)

If you’re a VW enthusiast and want to travel a little further afield, the Worthersee Volkswagen festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year. There’s a manufacturer-backed element – usually a few pimped cars and the occasional special reveal alongside Lake Worthersee – but the whole town is taken over by retro and modified Vee-dubs.

Nurburgring 24-hour, Germany (25 – 28 May)

Nurburgring 24-hour, Germany (25 - 28 May)

Why not combine a trip to Worthersee with a visit to the infamous Nurburgring for its annual 24-hour race? More than 200 cars take part in the event on the 15.5 mile Nordschleife circuit, making it a mesmerising spectacle.

Isle of Man TT (27 May – 9 June)

The Isle of Man TT is a must-visit event for bike fans. It’s been taking place every year since 1907, with star racers such as Guy Martin taking to public roads to test their limits. It’s a thrilling event and well worth the cost of a ferry.

Coventry MotoFest (3 – 4 June)

You can imagine the conversation that led to the inaugural Coventry Motofest taking place in 2014. A group of petrolheads got together and decided it’d be fun, for one weekend a year, to take over the city of Coventry with motoring-related activities. Could they show off the city’s motoring heritage, display classic cars in the centre and even hold demonstrations on the ring road? Turns out, yes they could. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Classic Ford Show, Santa Pod (4 June)

Classic Fords, run what ya brung and DJ Pied Piper… wait, what? Yes, the Classic Ford Show at Santa Pod in June really has it all. Well, if you like old Fords, drag racing and tasteless garage music. Adult tickets cost £18 in advance.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed, Cheshire (9 – 11 June)

Cholmondeley Power and Speed, Cheshire (9 - 11 June)

Dubbed the Goodwood Festival of Speed of the north, Cholmondeley Power and Speed (formerly known as the Pageant of Power) is a three-day motorsport extravaganza. A record 40,000 visitors attended last year.

24 Hours of Le Mans, France (17 – 18 June)

Even if you’re not a big motorsport fan, no one can fail to get caught up in the atmosphere at Le Mans during its annual 24-hour race. Enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel, watch cars hit 200mph on the Mulsanne Straight in the early hours of the morning and find out exactly what a ‘beer mountain’ is. Book campsites well in advance as they do fill up.

MG Live, Silverstone (17 – 18 June)

Think of MG enthusiasts and you might picture a small gathering of classic MGBs at a village car show, but MG Live is a much bigger event than you’d expect. Held at Silverstone, the two-day motoring festival celebrates all that’s great about MG: from historic racing to displays of the latest models.

Bromley Pageant of Motoring (18 June)

With more than 3,000 classic cars in attendance, the annual Bromley Pageant of Motoring claims to be the world’s largest one-day classic car show. Entry is £12.50 in advance, and cars are grouped into special one-make parking areas.

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood (22 – 25 June)

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood (22 - 25 June)

In 1993, Lord March hosted a hillclimb in the grounds of Goodwood House in Sussex and created the Festival of Speed. Back then, 25,000 spectators attended – today attendance is capped at 150,000. It’s a brilliant opportunity to see historic race cars driving up the infamous hill climb and the recent addition of the Moving Motor Show even allows visitors to get behind the wheel.

The Supercar Event, Dunsfold (24 – 25 June)

How would you like to take a passenger ride in a supercar on Top Gear’s test track and to raise money for charity at the same time? That’s precisely what The Supercar Event at Dunsfold offers, with owners giving up their time and petrol for nothing. Book ahead for £30 to be guaranteed a ride.

PSCUK’s Peugeot Festival, Prescott Hillclimb (2 July)

The Peugeot Sport Club’s Peugeot Festival, formerly known as Pugfest, has been held at the historic Prescott Hillclimb since 2002. Whether you’re a fan of the legendary 205 GTI or slammed 306s are more your bag, the Peugeot Festival is a must visit for Pug fans. Tickets start at £12 for non-members, and visitors can drive their car up the hill for just £7.

The BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon (2 July)

The chances of seeing an Austin Allegro or Leyland Sherpa on the roads today are slim, but if your boat is floated by these unloved classics, the BMC and Leyland show is the place to be. It’s held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon and is open to all British Motor Corporation, British Leyland and Rover Group vehicles.

Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone (14 – 16 July)

Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone (14 - 16 July)

Like Le Mans, you don’t need to be a huge motorsport fan to be caught up in the atmosphere of the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Tickets for the main event on Sunday are officially sold out, but you might find some if you shop around.

Classics on the Common, Harpenden (26 July)

It’s the biggest week-day classic car show, with more than 1,000 classics heading to the Hertfordshire town of Harpenden for its annual Classics on the Common event. Starting around lunchtime and running throughout the afternoon and into the evening, the event combines a great atmosphere with an eclectic mix of old and new cars.

Silverstone Classic, Silverstone (28 – 30 July)

Disappointed to have missed out on the Grand Prix? Or just prefer older cars? Don’t miss Silverstone Classic, held on the last weekend of July. It’s more than just classic motor racing: there’s live music, classic car line-ups and even a special retro run on the roads around Silverstone.

CarFest North (28 – 30 July)

CarFest was the mad idea of Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans. He may not have succeeded at Top Gear, but his charity event has been a runaway success since its launch in 2012. Millions of pounds have been raised for Children in Need, with tens of thousands of fans heading to CarFest North’s venue at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire each year.

CarFest South (25 – 27 August)

CarFest South (25 - 27 August)

For those of us in the south, there’s a second CarFest event held at Laverstoke Park Farm near Basingstoke, Hampshire. Highlights include live action on the hillclimb, as well as live music and even cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

Salon Privé, Blenheim Palace (31 August – 2 September)

Salon Privé describes itself as “the UK’s most exclusive automotive garden party”. If rare and exotic Ferraris are your thing, it’s the place to be. Tickets for the supercar show on the Saturday cost £125 plus fees.

Beaulieu International Autojumble (2 – 3 September)

If a giant car boot sale full of automotive paraphernalia is your idea of a good day out, head to Beaulieu for its world-famous autojumble. More than 2,000 stalls will be selling every car-related item you could possibly imagine, and there’ll even be around 200 vehicles offered for sale by private sellers.

Goodwood Revival (8 – 10 September)

Step back in time at the Goodwood Revival. Visitors are encouraged to dress in period clothing (in fact, you’ll stand out if you don’t), while historic race cars recreate the golden era of 50s and 60s motorsport. There’s even a period Tesco store on site.

Frankfurt Motor Show (14 – 24 September)

Frankfurt Motor Show (14 - 24 September)

The Frankfurt and Paris motor shows alternate every year, with 2017 being the turn of Frankfurt to host the world’s car manufacturers in September. If you want to know just how much money German car manufacturers have, head to Frankfurt. Volkswagen Group, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all attempt to outdo each other with the size of their show stands.

Manchester Classic Car Show (16 – 17 September)

The Manchester Classic Car Show lives somewhat in the shadow of its Brummy cousin, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re a classic car nut. From a wide array of classic car clubs to a concours event and even a live rally stage, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained.

Land Rover Owner International Show, Peterborough (16 – 17 September)

Once a year, Peterborough plays host to the Land Rover Owner International Show. Whether you drive a tricked-up Disco or a rare Series One, there’s plenty see for every Land Rover enthusiast. Visitors will even be able to take part in a little light off-roading at the nearby Tixover Grange.

Rally GB, Wales (26 – 29 October)

The penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes place in Wales – and you can get your rallying fix later in the year. While special stages such as Cholmondeley Castle are a good starting point, we suggest being more adventurous and travelling deep into Wales to get closer to the action without the crowds.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (5 November)

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (5 November)

The annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is an annual celebration of the 1896 Locomotives on Highways Act, which increased the national speed limit to 14mph. Apart from a break for WW2, it’s been held every year since 1927, with more than 400 cars taking part. Our tip? Head into London early to watch the historic cars passing famous landmarks.

NEC Classic Motor Show, Birmingham (10 – 12 November)

The NEC Classic Motor Show is always a brilliant way to end the year. The show takes over five halls and features classic car clubs, exhibitors selling everything from rare parts to old magazines, and even an auction. Book in advance to save money on tickets.

‘Classic and Fringe’ cars to gather at the British Motor Museum

Autumn Classic and FringeAccording to the meteorological calendar, summer is over, which means it might be time to start preparing your classic car for hibernation. But not before you’ve attended a few more classic car shows.

On Sunday 25 September, over 100 classics of the present and the future are expected to gather at the British Motor Museum for the popular Autumn Classic and Fringe event. We’re reliably informed this doesn’t involve having a hair cut, rather the inclusion of cars that aren’t classed as bona fide classics.

This year’s event will see visits from the Jensen Interceptor Club and kei cars from Japan. Entrance is open to both clubs and individuals at a cost of £9 per person, payable on the day, if they arrive in a classic car. Entrants will also receive a free tea or coffee upon arrival, as well as entry to the British Motor Museum.

Simon Carr, clubs and rallies coordinator at the British Motor Museum, said: “Our Autumn Classic is the final gathering of the season for all classic and fringe vehicles. The event is expected to attract a vast range of different classics and is a fabulous day out for like-minded individuals.”

The British Motor Museum is the new name of the recently revamped Heritage Motor Centre, which houses the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. It can be found in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm.

Anyone wishing to attend the Classic and Fringe event is invited to turn up from 9.30am. For more information, please contact Simon Carr on 01926 645105 or email clubs@britishmotormuseum.co.uk.

Do you own a ‘fringe’ classic? Let us know via our Facebook page.

'Classic and Fringe' cars to gather at the British Motor Museum

Autumn Classic and FringeAccording to the meteorological calendar, summer is over, which means it might be time to start preparing your classic car for hibernation. But not before you’ve attended a few more classic car shows.

On Sunday 25 September, over 100 classics of the present and the future are expected to gather at the British Motor Museum for the popular Autumn Classic and Fringe event. We’re reliably informed this doesn’t involve having a hair cut, rather the inclusion of cars that aren’t classed as bona fide classics.

This year’s event will see visits from the Jensen Interceptor Club and kei cars from Japan. Entrance is open to both clubs and individuals at a cost of £9 per person, payable on the day, if they arrive in a classic car. Entrants will also receive a free tea or coffee upon arrival, as well as entry to the British Motor Museum.

Simon Carr, clubs and rallies coordinator at the British Motor Museum, said: “Our Autumn Classic is the final gathering of the season for all classic and fringe vehicles. The event is expected to attract a vast range of different classics and is a fabulous day out for like-minded individuals.”

The British Motor Museum is the new name of the recently revamped Heritage Motor Centre, which houses the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. It can be found in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm.

Anyone wishing to attend the Classic and Fringe event is invited to turn up from 9.30am. For more information, please contact Simon Carr on 01926 645105 or email clubs@britishmotormuseum.co.uk.

Do you own a ‘fringe’ classic? Let us know via our Facebook page.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Like your cars fast? You’d have been well catered for at Donington Park this weekend, at the world’s first Fast Car Festival.

Aston Martin Vulcan

The 6,000-strong crowd at the Derbyshire event was treated to seeing the new Aston Martin Vulcan up close and personal.

Aston Martin Vulcan

One of only 24 Vulcans in the world, the hot new Aston boasts 800hp.

Aston Martin Vulcan

How much? If you have to ask…

Aston Martin Vulcan

OK, it’s estimated to be worth around £2 million.

Tiff Needell

Racing driver and Fifth Gear host Tiff Needell made a guest appearance, with a few lucky visitors enjoying a passenger lap in a Lotus Evora 400.

Supercar Paddock

On Sunday, members of online community Supercar Driver showcased more than 50 hot supercars in the Supercar Paddock – including two Lamborghini Aventador SVs and a Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

Mclaren 650S

There was also a McLaren 650S and a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

Caterham drifting

Ever had a go at drifting? Visitors were able to jump in the passenger seat of a Caterham 7 for a sideways view of Donington’s Melbourne Loop track.

PistonHeads

PistonHeads put together a special ‘PH Metal’ display, as well as a special 30-car track session.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Lotus was also given a special display at the show – as well as dedicated Lotus-only track time.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

A number of awards were handed out over the weekend, with Caz Hawes picking up the Best Wheels Award for her modified Volkswagen Lupo.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Were these the best wheels at the show? Judges thought so.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The Best Club Award, meanwhile, went to Fitment Junkies.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Surprisingly, it wasn’t all fast cars at the Fest Car Festival. Visitors were also treated to a monster truck display.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The evening entertainment was a particular highlight of the weekend – with live shows from Toploader…

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

…and DJ Pied Piper. Yes, him off of ‘Do You Really Like It?’.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The festival’s managing director, Phil Weeden, said: “An attendance of 6,000 is a really impressive achievement for our first year.”

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The event is set to return in 2017. Weeden added: “We have some great ideas for improvements in 2017 to make the show even better, so we’re confident we can grow it in future years.”

Click through our gallery on MSN Cars to see more pictures from the 2016 Fast Car Festival