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Top Classic Car Events in 2023

Classic car enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the best car events around the world. These events offer an opportunity to see some of the rarest and most beautiful classic cars up close while providing a platform for enthusiasts to connect and share their passion.

 

If you're a classic car enthusiast, you will want to attend these top classic car events in 2023.

 

Techno-Classica Essen – 12-16 April 2023

Date: 12th-16th April 2023

Location: MESSE ESSEN, Messeplatz 1, 45131 Essen, Germany

With more than 1,000 exhibitors, more than 150 club presentations and official stands of the leading trading companies on the market, Techno-Classica Essen, with its 32nd edition once again made the Ruhr metropolis the capital of the classic car universe after a two-year break from the Corona. This is where the protagonists of the international classic car and automobile scene and enthusiasts who care for the preservation of automotive cultural assets with heart and mind met for the opening of the season. They presented the entire spectrum of the classic car world to the visitors in the newly designed Essen exhibition halls. 

 

 

Goodwood Members' Meeting

Date: 15th-16th April 2023

Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PH UK

Goodwood is proud to announce 'Goodwood 75', a year of celebrations across its motorsport events and venues in 2023. As well as paying tribute to the incredible history and heritage of motorsport at Goodwood, the Goodwood 75 festivities will embrace the future of motorsport, something which Goodwood has continuously championed throughout the years. The Members' Meeting presented by Audrain Motorsport is a thrilling weekend of epic motor racing, high speed track demonstrations and fun-packed festivities. Uncrowded, intimate and access-all-areas, it is exclusively open to members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club community.

 

Donington Historic Festival

Date: 29th-30th April 2023

Location: Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2BN, UK

Donington Historic Festival is the long-established season opener to the UK historic racing year. And where finer the venue to hold it? Donington's challenging circuit, steeped in history, is the perfect setting for a huge programme of races featuring cars from the 1920s, to the 1990s.

Following a two-day format, each day will see action-packed qualifying sessions and highly competitive races. Car clubs, trade stands and lunchtime parades will add further to the heady mix.  

 

 

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Date: 19th-21st May 2023

Location: Largo Luchino Visconti 4, 22012 Cernobbio, Italy

Our popular Public Days are back! After the mandatory interruption, we will open the extensive gardens of Villa Erba to visitors again over the weekend of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

The Saturday there will already be devoted to the passion of classic motordom. We are pleased to invite the international Car Community to an excitingly varied come-together at AMICI & AUTOMOBILI – WHEELS & WEISSWÜRSCHT. On the Sunday, the romantic parkland of Villa Erba will be the venue showcasing an exceptional and emotional festival for all the senses. The great tradition continues of all the participants in the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este presenting their Historic Cars to the public audience. 

 

 

Retro Rides Weekender

Date: 20th-21st May 2023

Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex, UK

Retro Rides Weekender is back in action at Goodwood Circuit. Once again we'll be bringing together our world-famous mix of pre-2000 retro cars, classics, customs, restomods, hot rods, race cars, drift cars, show cars, curated paddocks, curated displays, track action, laid-back atmosphere and good food.We have our curated themed paddocks again this year, details of which you can find below. We also have our Club Showcase Area and Retroparking on the track on Sunday. So if you arrive in a pre-2000 car on either day we'll find a spot for you inside the show to park up and enjoy the day.

 

 

MG Centenary

Date: 27th May 2023

Location: British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ, UK

This celebration promises to be very special. The MG Owners' Club, the Early MG Society, the MG Octagon Car Club, the MG 'T' Society and the MG Car Club have all joined forces to bring you this exciting centenary event. There's lots to look forward to, including:

  • Timeline of 100 MGs
  • Old Number One - On display in the Museum
  • MG Specialist traders
  • Souvenir merchandise
  • Performances from the Barn-Ettes - a vintage singing group

More details about the attractions on the day will follow soon.

 

 

Classic Stony

Date: 4th June 2023

Location: Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1BE, UK

The Stony Stratford Classic Car Festival – now known as ‘Classic Stony’, has grown in stature over the years and now attracts an incredibly varied display of vehicles from concourse to ‘well used’.

Run in partnership with Stony Stratford Business Association, as part of ‘Stony Live week’, this is an informal gathering of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles. The Market Square stage will host Live music throughout the day.

 

 

London Concours

Date: 6th-8th June 2023

Location: The Honourable Artillery Company,, Armoury House, City Road, London EC1Y 2BQ, UK

The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted right in the heart of the City of London from Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th June. This hugely exciting automobile extravaganza will see 80 of the world’s most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters and will include a ferocious collection of horsepower arranged in specially curated and themed displays chosen by the London Concours Steering Committee. The three days offer entertainment on the lawns, beautiful retails chalets with luxury brands and artisan goods, and a delicious selection of food and beverages to match. If you are looking for a unique backdrop for a business meeting with either breakfast or lunch included, then London Concours is your solution. We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Artillery Gardens this summer.

 

 

Bicester Heritage's Flywheel

Date: 17th-18th June 2023

Location: Bicester Heritage, Buckingham Road,, Bicester, Oxon OX27 8AL, UK

Flywheel lands back at Bicester Heritage on 17-18 June for the first time since 2018, a festival of automotive and aviation for all the family to celebrate 10 years of the site. Some of the finest and rarest cars will take to the Experience & Demonstration Track, the historic airfield will welcome vintage planes and the resident specialists will throw open their doors.

 

 

Le Mans Classic

Date: 29th June - 2nd July 2023

Location: Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans Place Luigi Chinetti, 72019 Le Mans, France

Le Mans Classic will return in 2023 to celebrate the centenary of the Le Mans 24 Hours. And we must take advantage of it; this occasion will certainly not be repeated any time soon. Not to be missed! Created in 2002 by Peter Auto , in association with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest , Le Mans Classic offers a formidable retrospective of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The event, acclaimed from its very first edition, has continued to grow and attracted over 200,850 spectators in 2022. It is the largest gathering of classic cars with over 800 racing cars on the track and 8,500 classic cars displayed in the specially designed enclosures.

 

 

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Date: 13th-16th July 2023

Location: Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX UK

The world's greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture!

Held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard is motorsport's ultimate summer garden party, an intoxicating celebration of the world's most glamorous sport. Nowhere else will you get so close to the cars and bikes as they blast up the Hillclimb track; nowhere else will you enjoy such unrestricted access to the machines and the drivers who made them famous

 

 

Classic Nostalgia

Date: 22nd-23rd July 2023

Location: Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 6RP UK

Celebrating the Glory Days of Motorsport

Shelsley’s Classic Nostalgia weekend is a highlight in the UK’s motorsport calendar with the very best racing cars, vintage specials, garden party atmosphere and track action with Rally cars and… just cool cars from all eras as anything goes! A relaxed meeting with lots going on away from the track too.

 

 

Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional

Date: 29th July 2023

Location: Grimsthorpe Castle, Grimsthorpe, Bourne PE10 0LY UK

Get ready for the Festival of the Unexceptional

We’re busy building our plans for the day, so stay tuned to our website and social media for updates for all the latest news on this year’s Festival!

 

 

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Date: 18th August 2023

Location: 8205 Valley Greens Dr, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

The crown jewel in a whirlwind of events is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Since its inception, it has combined a lush setting on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range with exceptional cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles seen during the week. Sponsors also provide today's cream-of-the-crop luxury cars to be sampled by guests on local roads. For twenty years, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has provided an unparalleled and exclusive experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles in a garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

 

The British Motor Show

Date: 17th – 20th August.

Location: International Exhibition & Conference Centre, Etps Rd, Farnborough GU14 6FD UK

A weekend of amazing entertainment, keeping the whole family mesmerised with driving experiences, supercars, live arena shows and cars, leaving smiles on the faces of you and the kids days after the event!

With stunt shows, celebrities and influencers on stage, under 17 driving lessons, slot car racing and the Sporting Bears all creating memorable moments you’ll never forget. The show delivers an amazing display of ultra rare supercars, amazing classic cars, the latest new cars and EV’s, plus modified cars, motorsport and kids rides too. It’s not just a day out for car fans, it’s a day for the whole family

 

 

Silverstone Festival

Date: 25th-27th August 2023

Location: Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TN UK

The best historic motorsport, incredible music, family fun and amazing food all in one weekend. This summer’s spectacular ‘Silverstone Festival’ (25-27 August) will celebrate the world famous circuit’s 75th anniversary in high octane style with special birthday races, parades and displays to mark this major milestone in British motorsport history.

 

 

Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance

Date: 30th August 2023

Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL UK

Welcoming more than 70 cars across carefully curated classes, the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by Aviva has something for all. Treasured relics from the Edwardian era will return to Britain’s Greatest Palace, joined by some of the rarest and most valuable grand tourers, classic sports racers, era-defining icons and racing legends, alongside the world’s most jaw-dropping supercars and concepts from the present and future. As a Concours, the reputation of Salon Privé precedes it, with no other event in the UK rivalling the sensational venue, hospitality, brands on display and show-stopping array of classic cars.

 

 

Concours of Elegance

Date: 1st-3rd September 2023

Location: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, UK

The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event. Uniquely, the Concours of Elegance winner isn’t selected by a panel of judges but by the Owners of the cars themselves. Each participant is asked to vote on the other models on display to decide which car is considered to be the ‘Best of Show’. Complementing the Concours of Elegance will be displays of hundreds of other fine motor cars, including entrants to The Club Trophy. Now in its eighth year, The Club Trophy sees some of the UK’s most prestigious car clubs offering up their finest examples to an independent panel of judges. The winning Club Trophy car will secure a place in the following year’s main Concours of Elegance event.

 

 

Goodwood Revival

Date: 8th-10th September 2023

Location: Goodwood, Motor Circuit, Chichester PO18 0PH, UK

The greatest historic motor race meeting, and the only sporting event of its kind to be staged entirely in a period theme, Revival is an immersive celebration of a less disposable world, where ‘make do and mend’ was a way of life, ensuring a legacy of treasured cars and vintage fashion that have survived across the generations. Revive & Thrive is the thoroughly modern ethos that drives Revival forward, showcasing creative ways to live more sustainably and the community of incredible people who revive time-worn treasures.

 

 

NEC Classic Motor Show

Date: 10th-12th November 2023

Location: The NEC, North Ave, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with discovery+, which brings together a great array of classic car and motorcycle clubs along with their iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes, is an event not to be missed. No matter what you’re looking for this is the ultimate season finale for any classic car/bike owner, collector, enthusiast, club member, or simply anyone with a passion for classic vehicles! 

But it’s not just about the classics on display. As well as admiring these amazing vehicles, you can shop for those elusive pieces in the autojumble, or source parts and tools for your maintenance and restoration needs from the many specialist traders.

 

Classic Car Events all over the UK

Stay up to date with events close to home with the Classic Motor directory lists hundreds of shows, events and autojumbles for classic cars, bikes and boats. 

 

2023 promises to be an exciting year for classic car enthusiasts with an array of events taking place around the Uk and Europe. From the prestigious Concours d'Elegance to the largest classic car event in Europe, NEC Classic Motor Show, there is something for every classic car enthusiast. Whether you are interested in auctions, vintage races, or simply admiring the rarest and most beautiful classic cars in the world, these events offer a unique opportunity to indulge your passion. So mark your calendars and start planning your trip to one (or more!) of these top classic car events in 2023