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UK Vintage Car Events

By: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 19 Feb 2013 | comments*Discuss
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The chances are that on every weekend over the late spring and summer, somewhere in the UK there will be a classic and vintage car event being held. These can range from a local ‘old vehicle meet’ in a local pub car park, to a huge international gathering held in the vast grounds of an aristocratic home. And what better way is there to indulge a passion for vintage cars or showcase a much loved, toiled over restoration project, than to take yourself to one such event.

Whilst many events are open to the public, some events may be only open to members of a particular club. In almost every town and county there is likely to be a classic or vintage car member’s club. These are either generic vintage car clubs or an association dedicated to a particular make and model of vintage car. Car clubs will also host their own events, making it easier to visit working car displays specific to your favourite motor vehicle. Such events are also a great way to meet other like-minded enthusiasts and owners, who you can swap vintage restoration and maintenance tips, stories, information and experience with. They are also an invaluable way to find out where you can obtain the rarer spares and parts that are exclusive to your model of vintage car. To find out information about local events, it is best to peruse your local club’s website or check the events stand at your local library or supermarket.

Festivals and Show Events

The larger and more diverse events will usually include the showing and judging of veteran and classic cars - anything from pre-twentieth century motor vehicles, to more modern classics from the 1980s. It is not uncommon to see restoration displays at these events, as well as huge ‘auto jumble’ sales and general automobilia stalls. One such example of this type of UK event is the ‘Classic and Performance Car Spectacular’, held annually at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Much like any judged show event, UK vintage car shows are all about presentation and the ability to conform to a pre-determined precise model. You might see an array of cars in various stages of restoration, from immaculate, historically accurate showpieces, to much loved but timeworn relics. Ordinarily, the cars will be divided into classes that are indicative of the condition of a particular make or model or car, or categories dependent on engine size and body type. They can also be judged on more generic categories such as “best in show”.

Collections and Museums

Throughout the UK there are a number of vintage car museums and collections. Whilst some vehicles remain static and housed, others are given a few outings per year. These mini-excursions are quite often one aspect of a bigger transportation, steam or motor collection show. One such menagerie is found at the Shuttleworth Collection, situated at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. It is a fine example of such a collection and includes a number of working veteran and thoroughbred cars, as well as two vintage models - a 1920 Hucks Starter and a 1929 Jowett Type C. Although the collection is more famous for its historic aircraft, the cars are often brought out of the museum and paraded in between air displays. It is worth checking out your local aircraft and transportation museums in the UK, as often they undertake a number of vintage car restoration projects that can also be viewed by the public.

Competitive Events

Competitive racing events are usually reserved for vintage sporting cars. In some cases, any make and model of vintage car will be accommodated for on the proviso that the owner is a member of the club that is running the event. Hill climbs and circuit races are very popular and The Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) is well known for its many competitive nationwide events and as a vintage car owner it is well worth becoming a member.

Another popular event is the Goodwood Circuit Revival. It takes place over one weekend during the summer at the former RAF base at Westhampnett. The event itself features a mix of classic and veteran sporting cars that have taken to the circuit and includes evening air displays by a few choice WWII aircraft.

In Scotland, the Historic Endurance Rallying Association (HERO) holds an annual rally that is host to different categories of vintage and modern classic cars. Part rally, part social event, you can either opt for the competitive and skills-based Reliability Trial or simply take the more leisurely Classic Tour. The rally takes participants through the scenery and highways of Scotland, starting from Stirling Castle and ending at the Falkirk Wheel. The event itself takes place over six nights and is a great example of ways in which you can also socialise with fellow enthusiasts.

So what are you waiting for – why not check out your local group and motor along!

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