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Worldwide Vintage Car Events

By: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 14 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Worldwide Vintage Car Events Events

If you are a keen show-goer and want to fill your calendar with events perhaps combining your love of vintage cars with a trip overseas is the way to go. This article covers just a few popular destinations.

Just You?

You may want to just travel overseas by yourself, with your spouse or partner, or perhaps take an equally enthusiastic friend along. However, if your car is extremely rare, or is considered to be of a historical or mechanical significance, you might be able to take it with you too. Be aware that you may also have restrictions placed on the amount of mileage that you are allowed to incur. It’s worth checking specialist shipping companies to find out whether the expense and somewhat laborious organisation of taking your vintage car to a show overseas is worth your while.

Australia

Whilst your car may be laid up during the bleak winter months, down under in Australia summer is in full swing. Although North and Western Australia are prone to extreme hot temperatures and heatwaves, the relatively cooler climbs of the south and southwest coasts are more suited to the favoured conditions for a car event. New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland tend to host the most car events. Two large and generic car shows are the Brisbane Motor Show, and the Melbourne International Motor Show. Whilst they both focus mainly on their modern attractions, the Brisbane show in particular has small sections dedicated to vintage and classic cars. The Burwood Classic Car Display Day in New South Wales is another popular event, with an estimated attendance of over 80,000 people.

As with the UK, there are countless club-level events going on throughout the year in Australia. If you are interested in such events, it is worth spending time searching the Internet for your choice club, and becoming a member. This way you’ll ensure that you receive news of any upcoming events, and be able to plan and budget for a trip if you desire. British vintage and classic cars also have quite a following in Australia. In Western Australia, the British Auto Classic event is held around October. You’ll be delighted to know that although you might have spent a small fortune on air travel and accommodation, the entry to this event is free to the public!

United States

Owing to the sheer size and population of the US, it would be very tedious to list all the major car events that happen throughout the year here. So if you have a passion for a particular marquee or model of US car, it would be better to undertake a search for owner’s club meets. That way you can marry your ideal location and weather – for instance, if you love the sun, events in Texas, Florida, California, New Mexico and Arizona would be perfect for you. There are events open to classic cars that also pay homage to famous touring routes such as Route 66, so it is definitely worth checking these out.

Also bear in mind that in the US, the classification of eras for cars differs to that of Europe and the UK. The term classic car is used far more generically, as it describes any car that was manufactured from the veteran era through to the 1980s. So unless you are looking for a car event that is specific to a (British) era, you really can expect to see a range of cars from many periods at a classic car show in the US.

Europe

In this day and age, Europe is just a hop, step and a short flight away. Alternatively, if you think your car is up to it, you can always cross the channel via Ferry or Eurotunnel and take your car to an event, as is done on the Beaujolais Run from Goodwood. But as with the US, the size of Europe means that there are just too many individual events to list. Again, this is where being a member of a vintage car club will have its benefits. However, a noteworthy new event will be taking place in Belgium. Known as the ‘British Classics Cars in Flanders Fields’ the concept behind the event is to hold a Remembrance Tour in honour of fallen British soldiers.

The Le Mans Classic is also a great chance to see vintage and classics racing at the legendary event. The main Le Mans race has been in existence since 1923; however the Classic is a celebration of the race and historic racing vehicles, so you are sure to see many vintage cars here. Owing to the ease and relatively low cost of travelling.

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