The British summer is filled with news of music festivals and sporting events. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that anything else actually goes on. There are, however, events that our fellow petrol heads love to attend, and for good reason. We at, Economy Car Hire feel like it is our duty to inform you of some great car festivals that you can indulge yourself in. Even if you have missed this year’s event, keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale for next year’s festivities.
Goodwood Festival of Speed (June/July)
Right on the south coast, just east of Portsmouth is the legendary Goodwood Circuit. Historically it has been the host of numerous motorsport events including motorcycles and cars, and in recent times the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed has become increasingly popular.
The festival is set around a hill climb event with visitors seeing F1, vintage cars, motorbikes and supercars all try their hand at the climb. There are some great exhibits that enthusiast can enjoy including, real life replicas of the ‘Wacky Races’ cars and an air show featuring the Red Arrows.
Car Fest North and South (August)
A comparative newbie on the festival scene, Car Fest is attracting a crowd way beyond its years. This is down to the publicity surroundings its creator Chris Evans. The event is so popular it has had to be split up into two separate events resulting in Car Fest North and Car Fest South.
Alongside exhibitions of classic cars and a hill climb, there is great music, a cakes vs pies competition. If that wasn’t enough, all the profits from the event go to Children in Need, and the event raised over £1 million for the charity in 2013.
Silverstone Classic (July)
The Silverstone Classic is a 3 day event that should be in every car lover’s diary. The world’s biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival has so much going on that there is something for everyone. There are numerous races involving F1, Le Mans, GT and a variety of classical racing cars. Additionally there is great music, helicopter rides and flying displays.
For those of you who want to be more involved then you can spend some time doing some off-road driving or take part in the ‘Tin Snail’ challenge where you and a partner team up to race a Citroen 2CV. There are also great food stalls, numerous shops and even an opportunity to get a massage. All these elements combined make this festival a car lover’s dream.
Castle Hill Car Festival (August)
Held near Barnstaple in Devon, the Castle Hill Car Festival is a fun filled festival set in the grounds of a stately home. There are over 1000 classic vehicles on display a track sprint challenge and some F1 action.
There are numerous trade exhibitions, a food and drink pavilion and an entertaining stunt plane display. If you are an owner of a classic car don’t forget to enter it into the vehicles parade and you could win ‘best in show’. There are also children’s activities and fair ground rides making this a real family occasion.
The British Grand Prix (July)
Although it’s not strictly a festival, the British Grand Prix is a must for all car enthusiasts.Formula 1 is classically the pinnacle of all motorsport, and to see it at Silverstone is as good as it gets. You can make a weekend of the race by attending the practice and qualifying stages on the Friday and Saturday. There is camping available so you can immerse yourself in the action over the course of the three days.
We love car festivals. You can be sure that mixed with the adrenaline of high speed races and suspense of hill climbs you will be greeted by a fantastic atmosphere. Although we’ve tried to give an overview of the most popular festivals for car lovers in the UK we have not been able to include everything. If there is an event that you have been to that you feel deserves a mention, please let us know in the comments below. A